AICUM represents the interests of 59 independent colleges and universities throughout the commonwealth, the 280,000 students attending those institutions and the nearly 85,000 people working at them.
AICUM believes a reasonable path for the FY 16 budget would be to move Massachusetts closer to the national average for scholarship awards by increasing the aid by $6.4 million.
AICUM was founded in 1967 and represents 60 accredited independent colleges and universities in Massachusetts on policy and funding issues.
"AICUM plays a critical role in advocating for state and federal funding for need-based student financial aid and addressing state and federal legislative and regulatory issues," according to the organization's Web site.
In 2008, AICUM institutions awarded close to 64,000 degrees, resulting in higher-paid workers and higher-paying taxpayers.
Not so; AICUM members are digging deep to find the financial resources necessary to remain an affordable option for students from all backgrounds.
consists of 56 two-and-four-year colleges and universities in Massachusetts.