Evangelical Liberty Univ. Receives More Federal Aid than NPR

Monday, April 11, 2011
National Public Radio (NPR), accused of having a liberal bias and threatened with losing its federal funding, has received less money from Washington than Liberty University, the evangelical school founded by the late Reverend Jerry Falwell.
Located in Lynchburg, Virginia, Liberty’s motto is “Training champions for Christ.”
Last year, Liberty students received approximately $445 million in federal financial aid. NPR’s parent, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, got $420 million.
House Republicans have sworn to cut NPR out of the federal budget altogether, arguing that taxpayers shouldn’t be financing a news outlet with slanted coverage.
Meanwhile, Liberty has seen its enrollment balloon thanks to its online education programs which now account for 52,000 of the university’s 64,000 students. The jump in attendance caused the school’s financial aid allotment to leap from $284 million in 2008-2009 to $445 million in 2009-2010.
-Noel Brinkerhoff
Liberty Tops State in Federal Aid for Its Students (by Liz Barry, Lynchburg News & Advance)


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