AU Students Participate in Independent College Day at the Statehouse

AU Students Participate in Independent College Day at the Statehouse
AU students participating in the AICUO Independent College Day at the Statehouse in Columbus were (l-r) Morgan Tucker, Daivon Barrow, Joey Barretta and Logan Alexander.

2/9/17 COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio (AICUO) welcomed college students from around the state to the Statehouse Wednesday, Feb. 8, for Independent College Day. Students and their advisers from Ohio’s private nonprofit colleges converged on the Statehouse Atrium with display tables featuring community projects, internship offerings and degree programs that set them apart from other campuses.

AU students participating in the event were Morgan Tucker of Pomeroy, Ohio; Daivon Barrow of Columbus, Ohio;  Joey Barretta of Mansfield, Ohio; and Logan Alexander of  West Lafayette, Indiana.

At the Statehouse, students focused on the importance of putting student-aid needs first in Ohio’s upcoming budget. In recent years, aid to independent college students remained stagnant or received cuts that hindered some students from continuing their education and receiving their degree. Independent college students talked with legislators from their home and school districts to ask them to support student aid included in the budget – specifically the Ohio College Opportunity Grant (OCOG).

Students participating in Independent College Day also had opportunities to tour the Statehouse, hear an update on the current political atmosphere in Ohio, and learn what a day in the life of a legislator is like.

The Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio was organized in 1969 to represent the interests of its 53 members to Ohio's lawmakers, regulators and citizens. AICUO seeks to strengthen student financial aid programs and bring about a greater understanding of the benefits and contributions of Ohio’s independent colleges and universities. At the same time, the association works to promote the well-being of Ohio higher education as a whole, with special regard for the dual private/public nature of the responsibility to serve the educational, social, and cultural needs of the state and the nation. For more information regarding AICUO, visit our website at

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