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Committee on Financial Aid to Students

Committee Membership
Members 2004-2005:
Gordon, Edmund (Ted) 2003-2005 associate professor, anthropology
Loop, Roseann  2004-2006 professor, human ecology
Pomeroy, Elizabeth C., chair 2004-2006 associate professor, social work
Stavchansky, Salomon A. 2003-2005 professor, pharmacy
Wheat, Harovel G. 2004-2006 professor, mechanical engineering

Faculty Council Appointees:
Hoad, Neville 2004-2005 associate professor, English
Kovar, Desiderio 2004-2005 associate professor, mechanical engineering

Carpenter, Benjamin H. 2004-2005 Student Government representative, finance
Hines, Christine D.  2004-2005 Student Government representative, psychology
Grandusky, Eric Joseph 2004-2005 Graduate Student Assembly representative, petroleum engineering
Fang, Tse-Han Amy 2004-2005 Student Government representative, unspecified honors
Shukla, Geeta 2004-2005 Student Government representative, business honors

Administrative Advisors:
Burt, Lawrence W. ex officio director, Student Financial Services
Dollard, John D. ex officio associate dean, Graduate Studies
Alvarado-Boyd, Susan ex officio student affairs administrator, Dean of Students Office

Committee Function
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 or staff.

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