'Obama' aid program at ASU will triple incoming freshmen

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PHOENIX - State University says a financial aid program that's being renamed after President Barack Obama will triple the number of recipients from 500 freshmen now to 1,600 during the upcoming fall semester.

The university says the expansion was a response to Obama's call to produce more college graduates in America. Officials provided details of the expansion Wednesday.

The expansion was first mentioned last month when the university was criticized for not giving an honorary degree to Obama. The president will speak at ASU's graduation ceremony May 13.

The university had said it wasn't giving Obama a degree because he didn't yet have a body of work as president. The school later said it was renaming the expanded aid program after Obama.