Wednesday, August 1, 2001 Volume 66, Issue 158


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
low-income families.

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 selection.

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. Emani

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