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For immediate release: June 28, 2004
Media contact: Eric Quiñones, (609) 258-5748, quinones@princeton.edu

Media advisory: Betterton available to discuss financial aid issues

PRINCETON, N.J. -- As students, parents and politicians debate the costs of higher education, Princeton University's director of undergraduate financial aid, Don Betterton, is available to comment on trends in college costs and efforts to provide more affordable education for lower- and middle-income students.

The head of Princeton's financial aid office for 30 years, Betterton is a national leader in the field who oversaw the University's adoption of an unprecedented "no-loan" policy, which was launched in 2001. The reform, which replaced loans for undergraduates with grants that do not need to be repaid, is the centerpiece of the University's continued efforts to make a Princeton education more affordable.

"The changes in our financial aid policies have led our peer institutions to look at their own programs and improve them to some degree. Among selective private colleges, students in general are now getting better aid packages," Betterton said.

Betterton can be contacted through the Princeton University Office of Communications at (609) 258-3601.

Betterton has been a trustee of the College Board and served as a chair and a member of various aid policy and budget committees. He has written numerous articles on financial aid and published two books on the subject, "How the Military Can Help You Pay for College" and "An Insider's Guide to Paying for College."

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