Two factors may contribute to slightly lower LCSC enrollment numbers

LEWISTON, ID - Total enrollment at Lewis-Clark State College is slightly down, however school leaders said they aren't worried.

Despite a decrease in total enrollment from last year, the amount of incoming freshman has grown.

Vice-President of Student Affairs, Andy Hanson said there are two reasons for the somewhat decrease in enrollment, one being a large graduating class and the second, financial aid reform.

"These reforms over the past two years have created a situation where a lot of students run out of financial aid eligibility a lot sooner than they use too," said Hanson. "And when you're a school like LCSC and you invite people to come back even after a number of years, if they have a lot of college credits it can be tricky to get them funding."

Hanson said while most freshmen are from around the area, LCSC is gaining popularity among students in the Boise area and northern Idaho.