Kaplan ranks UH highly
for student financial aid
Cougar News Services
The University of Houston has been ranked
No. 2 for responding to individual student financial aid needs in the in
the newly released Kaplan-Newsweek College Catalog
2002.Rob Sheridan, UH director of scholarships
and financial aid, gave much of the credit to the Toward EXcellence, Access
and Success Grant Program.
"The advent of TEXAS Grant Program last
year has been a big help in allowing UH solve financial aid troubles for
undergraduate students," he said. "This coming school year, we
have nearly $6 million dollars more to
give to students than three years ago."
The TEXAS Grant Program establishes grants
to cover tuition and fees to Texas public universities, community colleges
and technical schools for qualifying students from
Sheridan said the number of students in
the financial aid program has increased significantly since the early 1990s.
In 1991, only 12,349 students received financial aid. By the
1999-2000 academic year, that number had
risen to 18,315. In the same time period, the average amount received by
individual students has risen to $6,513 from $2,977, and the
total amount of financial aid awarded
increased to $109.3 million, from 1991's total of $46.6 million.
State Sen. Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) was
one of the sponsors of the $340 million program.
"The Texas Grant Program can be the 21st
Century GI bill that opens the door to opportunity for a new generation
of Texans," Ellis said.
Newsweek and Kaplan annually gather information
on more than 1,000 colleges and universities across the country. Rankings
are tallied from Kaplan's Annual National High
School Guidance Counselor Survey. The
survey polls guidance counselors about the latest national trends in college
Waiting in line at the financial aid office,
sophomore education majorKaty Berry said, "There are a lot of loop holes;
I have to do paperwork over and over again."
-- with additional reporting by Amir A.