Board cuts AIMS scholarships for Ariz. students

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TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- Students who exceed standards on Arizona's high school graduation exam will no longer get guaranteed tuition waivers to the three state universities.

The Arizona Board of Regents voted 9-1 Thursday to scale back a four-year-old program that was far more expensive than experts predicted.

Beginning with current high school sophomores, the scholarships will be harder to get and will be worth less money -- one quarter of freshman-year tuition instead of the whole bill.

Regents say it's too easy to earn the scholarships.

State schools superintendent Tom Horne was the lone dissenting vote. He says the program was an effective motivation for smart teenagers to perform well on the high school graduation test, known as AIMS.