Committee on Financial Aid to Students
| Gordon, Edmund (Ted)
|| associate professor, anthropology
||professor, human ecology
| Pomeroy, Elizabeth C., chair
|| associate professor, social work
| Stavchansky, Salomon A.
| Wheat, Harovel G.
|| professor, mechanical engineering
Faculty Council Appointees:
|| associate professor, English
| Kovar, Desiderio
|| associate professor, mechanical engineering
| Carpenter, Benjamin H.
||Student Government representative, finance
|Hines, Christine D.
||Student Government representative, psychology
| Grandusky, Eric Joseph
|| Graduate Student Assembly representative, petroleum engineering
| Fang, Tse-Han Amy
|| Student Government representative, unspecified honors
| Shukla, Geeta
|| Student Government representative, business honors
| Burt, Lawrence W.
|| director, Student Financial Services
|Dollard, John D.
|| associate dean, Graduate Studies
| Alvarado-Boyd, Susan
|| student affairs administrator, Dean of Students Office
The official function of the committee is to initiate and review policies and
procedures regarding financial aid matters and to hear student appeals regarding
decisions of the Office of Student Financial Services.
Associate Vice President Lawrence Burt provided to the committee an assessment
of the state of financial aid at UT Austin. The largest amount of financial aid
money that flows through the UT Office of Student Financial Services is in the
form of loans. With regard to scholarships, UT is third in the nation after Harvard
and the University of Florida in National Merit Scholarships and believed to
be first in National Hispanic Scholarships. Scholarships from foundations like
the Terry, Gates, Ford, Conoco-Phillips, etc. are also substantial. In addition,
UT offers an impressive amount of aid for non-academic performance in the areas
of music, athletics, and community service. There were also a number of scholarships
devoted to increasing diversity at the University. The President's Achievement
Scholarship (PAS) is a multi-level, multi-year scholarship based on an adversity
index, the Longhorn Opportunity Scholarship (LOS) is a broad-spectrum scholarship
and support program for students from high schools that are under-represented
at UT Austin, and the First Generation Scholarship is awarded to first generation
students from HB400 high schools.
Financial Aid Survey of Undergraduate Students
The continued increase in the cost of higher education will probably trigger
an increase in the number of students serviced by the Office of Student Financial
Services (OSFS). The OSFS has done an excellent job in improving the process
that students and families use to receive financial aid assistance. During the
previous year, the committee chair, at the behest of the committee developed
a web-based survey to explore how students view the services offered by the financial
aid office. The survey was conducted in the spring of 2004. Funding to conduct
the survey was provided by the OSFS. During the
current year, the committee reviewed the results, and the OSFS responded to concerns
identified by the survey.
Ron Brown Scholarships
The dependents of UT Austin faculty and staff were encouraged to apply for the
Ronald M. and Marilou D. Brown Endowed Scholarship, named in honor of the former
vice president for student affairs and his wife. The scholarship is awarded only
to full-time undergraduate students (including incoming freshmen and transfer
students) who are the dependents of regular, retired, or deceased UT Austin faculty
The committee evaluated the applicants and awarded a record of twelve scholarships,
five to continuing students and seven to entering students. The recipients will
be announced prior to June 1, 2005.
Elizabeth C. Pomeroy, chair