If you want freedom of religion in today’s America, you have to stay as far away from the federal government as possible, which means foregoing any and all financial assistance that may have the stink of Washington D.C. all over it. Some small colleges would rather go it alone than compromise their religious beliefs. The Blaze reported the following:
The estimated loss to Wyoming Catholic: $650,000 annually in loans and $250,000 in Pell grants students could have used to pay tuition costs.
Wyoming Catholic students would have become eligible for federal aid once the school finished gaining its accreditation, the Times noted.
But students and board members alike told the Times the loss was worth it if it meant the federal government could not impose religious freedom-infringing rules on the college.
The vast majority of Catholic universities, from more liberal institutions such as Notre Dame to more conservative colleges including the Franciscan University of Steubenville, do accept federal student aid — and the imposition of federal rules that comes with it.
This is just the beginning.