Jacqueline Asselin ’24 pens op-ed on financial aid equity

March 15, 2024

Senior Jackie Asselin penned a powerful opinion piece that appeared in today’s Worcester Telegram & Gazette. Jackie provides a thoughtful refute of the Commonwealth’s recent decision to make college free for low- and middle-income students, but only if they attend Massachusetts public institutions.

“My family has worked hard to make college possible for my sister and me,” says Jackie. “And I worked hard to find the college I think will give me the best education for what I want to do, in the kind of community that I find most appealing and comfortable. Everyone deserves that opportunity.”

Private colleges and universities across Massachusetts have applauded the decision to increase financial aid for students. Given the strength of higher education within Massachusetts, the Commonwealth should continue to seek innovative ways to make college affordable and attainable for all. But private institutions like Nichols College believe that financial aid should follow students, like Jackie, wherever they choose to go.

Read Jackie’s op-ed below (a subscription may be required): https://www.telegram.com/story/opinion/columns/2024/03/15/the-right-fit-picking-your-college-should-not-be-up-to-the-state/72945359007/

Caption on top picture: Jackie Asselin and classmates welcome new students to campus during orientation in June 2023.

About Nichols College  

Nichols College has earned business accreditation from the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), the longest serving global accrediting body for business schools and the largest business education network connecting learners, educators, and businesses worldwide. Founded in 1815, Nichols College transforms today’s students into tomorrow’s leaders through a dynamic, career-focused business and professional education. Nichols offers real-world learning focused on professional depth – combined with vibrant living, competitive athletics, and an unmatched alumni advantage – equipping students to exceed their own expectations. To learn more about Nichols College, visit www.nichols.edu.  

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