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Committee on Financial Aid to Students

Committee Membership
Members 2005-2006:
Hoad, Neville 2005-2007 assistant professor, English
Loop, Roseann  2004-2006 professor, human ecology
Pomeroy, Elizabeth C., chair 2004-2006 associate professor, social work
Somers, Patricia 2005-2007 associate professor, educational administration
Wheat, Harovel G. 2004-2006 associate professor, mechanical engineering

Faculty Council Appointees:
Erskine, James 2005-2006 professor, physics
Masada, Glenn 2005-2006 professor, mechanical engineering

Kline, Dianne R. 2005-2006 development associate, resource development
Pratt, Maria Graciela 2005-2006 learning specialist II, UT Learning Center

Blum, Adam 2005-2006 Student Government representative, business
Canlas, Michael 2005-2006 Student Government representative, sociology
Chapman-Vasill, Beth 2005-2006 Graduate Student Assembly representative, educational administration
Donaldson, Mary 2005-2006 Student Government representative, communication studies
Rucker, Morgan 2005-2006 Student Government representative, communication studies/humanties

Administrative Advisors:
Burt, Lawrence W. ex officio director, Student Financial Services
Hackert, Marvin L. ex officio associate dean, Graduate Studies
Chang-Ross, Aurora 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.

Introduction: 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 second in the nation after Harvard 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 are 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. In addition, there are two significant financial aid programs funded by the State of Texas: (1) the Texas Grant program and (2) the Texas B-On Time (BOT) program, which allows a student’s loan to be changed into a grant if the student graduates on time (in four years) with at least a 3.0 GPA.

Election of chair for 2006-07: As requested by the Faculty Council, an election was held for the chairperson to serve on the committee for 2006-07. Patricia Somers, associate professor of educational administration, was elected.

Financial Management: The committee urged the pursuit of providing Web-based financial management to students and suggested perhaps the implementation of a credit card project to help students understand managing debt.

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 eleven scholarships, six to continuing students, and five to entering students. The recipients will be announced in early June.

Elizabeth C. Pomeroy, chair

  Updated 2006 August 29
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