Forum on crisis in need-based college financial aid -

Forum on crisis in need-based college financial aid

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The leaders of four major institutions of higher education in Missouri will gather in St. Louis to address the crisis of escalating college costs and student financial need.

The participating institutions are the University of Missouri-Columbia, Webster University, Washington University and the St. Louis Community College system.

The leaders from the schools also will take questions from the public at the event that starts at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Center of Creative Arts in St. Louis. The moderator will be Kim Clark, senior writer for U.S. News & World Report.

The free public forum is sponsored by The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis. It gives zero-interest loans and scholarship grants to St. Louis-area low-income students who otherwise couldn't afford to go to college.

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