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Wyoming to limit Hathaway aid provided to UW graduate students

University of Wyoming UW Merica Hall (Brendan LaChance, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — Hathaway scholarships help both undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Wyoming pay for school.

Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon signed Senate File 17 into law on Tuesday, March 10 which will place a cap on the amount of need-based Hathaway honors scholarship funding which students enrolled in graduate programs at the university can receive.

The cap will go into place on July 1, 2022.

The maximum amount of funding graduate students receiving such scholarships will be able to receive will be $2,000 less than the undergraduate cost of attendance at the UW.

The Wyoming Legislative Service Office says that the cap will lead to a decrease in Hathaway scholarship expenditures.

“Under current law, a student with a Hathaway honors scholarship enrolled in a UW graduate or professional degree program that qualifies for a Hathaway need-based scholarship, has their need-based award amount calculated using the cost of attendance for the specific graduate or professional degree program, which is greater than the undergraduate cost of attendance,” the LSO says.

Exactly how much the bill will decrease expenditures is unknown.

“The impact is indeterminable due to the bill’s effective date, the unknown cost of attendance beginning in academic year 2022-2023 and the number of students that may be enrolled in a graduate degree program in academic year 2022-2023,” the LSO says.