The Church's New Pathway Program Will Affect the Perpetual Education Fund

With the Church's new Pathway Program providing students around the world with reduced-cost online education, it may impact the Perpetual Education Fund.

BYU-Idaho’s online educational program called Pathway is expanding to the other LDS Church-owned colleges and universities, while some speculate the church’s other educational assistance program, the Perpetual Education Fund, might see some cutbacks.

The Perpetual Education Fund, established in 2001, eight years before Pathway, was announced by then-LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley on March 31.

He said it was “a bold initiative” to help youth in developing areas “rise out of the poverty they and generations before them have known,” in the church’s semiannual General Conference.

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