The Aerie, Yearbook of University of North Texas, 1990 Page: 13
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It has always been a popular adjective to de-
scribe college students: broke. According to
Ann Grazzo, public affairs coordinator at the
American College Entrance Examination Board,
NT students paid an average of $949 in tuition
and fees in the 1989-90 school year, a $27 in-
crease from the 1988-89 year. This increase in-
cluded the minimum $5 course fee per class and
University Union fee of $1 made by the Board
of Regents in May 1989. These fees made stu-
dents more money-conscious than ever.
Fortunately for students, there was also an
increase in financial aid funds of $3 million
since 1988, making the total nearly $16 million.
"In the past five years, we've had an increase
in funding and an increase in the numbers of
students applying for financial aid," said Melvin
Gouge, director of financial aid. "Application
went up about 25 percent a year."
Financial aid was made available to students
in many different forms. To those eligible ac-
cording to the University Scholarship Program,
almost 70 endowed and unendowed general
scholarships were awarded as well as depart-
mental scholarships. Varying between $200 and
$4,000, these included several new scholarships
such as the Linda J. Carter scholarship, W.
Claude Castleberry Memorial scholarship, and
the Charles "Choc" Sportsman scholarship.
These awards were based on annual funds.
Another financial program available to stu-
dents, college work-study, allowed students to
work during the school year for typical earnings
of about $2,000 per 9-month academic period.
Through this method, students not only elimi-
nated repayments, but also gained valuable
The Stafford Loan, formerly the Guaranteed
Student Loan, was another popular choice. Also
based on financial need, this program gave stu-
dents between $2,000 and $4,000 per year of
undergraduate study. Repayments were delayed
until 6 months after graduation, allowing stu-
dents to concentrate on their studies.
The Parent Loan for Dependent Students
(PLUS) was a supplemental loan made avail-
able to parents of undergraduate students. This
awarded a maximum of $4,000 per academic
year. Other forms of financial aid included the
PELL grant, Carl D. Perkins Loan, and the
Partial Tuition Scholarship.
These programs were a great relief to many
students who would have otherwise been broke.
Those students who did not qualify for fi-
nancial aid often turned to part-time employ-
ment for the extra money. Jobs available on and
off-campus to students were listed through the
Student Employment Office.
"Our main objective is to help students en-
rolled to stay in school and maintain their jobs,"
said Lisa Lanham, director of Student Employ-
nent. One way of keeping students abreast of
vailable jobs was through a program calledJob
Hunters which was aired twice daily by the
:ampus radio station, KNTU-FM.
Types of jobs most popular and convenient
or students were in the clerical, custodial and
*ood service fields.
"My job with the Claims/Accounting office
on campus works well because I am able to set
my own hours," said Wellington sophomore
Linda Murdock. "It also gives me experience
with computers and dealing with customers and
Many students found their jobs interfered
with their personal and social lives.
"I find my job leaves me with less time for
myself and my social life," said Princeton soph-
omore Daryn Henderson, a busboy at Chili's in
Denton. "I have to sacrifice a lot to balance my
grades and my job."
"My job had given me the opportunity to
meet more people and make new friends. Often
times the stress outweighs this benefit." Mur-
Financial aid can be a real hindrance to stu-
dents and their families. But with their re-
sourcefulness and some help from the universi-
ty, students were able to pull their way through
without too many headaches.
Tina Guerra's program included working as
an office assistant in the NT Marketing de-
FAVORS 2000, a financial aid help line, al-
lowed students to get information over the
phone. But it did not eliminate waiting lines.
Sabrina Crowder serves hot lunches to
hungry students in The Chat. Many Denton
restaurants also employed NT students.
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