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COLUMBIA – University of Missouri Chancellor Alexander Cartwright hosted a conference with local news media for the first time since assuming the position.

Cartwright became chancellor in May and joined the university in August.  

One move Cartwright made was announcing the Missouri Land Grant Compact, which would cover tuition and fees for Missouri students that are eligible for Pell grants.

He said the students aren’t only the ones that would benefit from the grant.

“It’ll ultimately helps all of us because if we can help people to complete faster, then they don’t take on as much debt,” he said. “When they don’t take on as much debt, then they can more rapidly contribute back into society in a more meaningful way.”

Cartwright also discussed the recent decision by the Trump administration to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA.

The program, created by the Obama administration, allows undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as minors to stay. 

Cartwright said the university is looking into the situation before making any moves.

“As soon as we know more about where things are changing, then we’ll be able to work more closely with them,” he said. “It’s hard for us to say right now, what we’ll do because we honestly don’t know exactly is going to happen.”

More than 35 students who qualify as DACA recipients attend one of the UM System campuses.