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The Michigan Daily-Thursday, September 6, 1979-Page 13B

Health Service suffers from
dubious reputation on campus

IVniversity Health Service, which
absorbs mandatory assessments from
students each semester, is suffering
from an ailing reputation.
While the symptoms of the center's
illness aren't present among all stu-
dents, many on campus have voiced
what seem to be, at best, only average
ratings on the medical service provided
at the complex on Fletcher Street.
"I felt like I knew what wa's wrong
with me more than the doctor did. She
was very nice, but it was pretty obvious
she didn't know what was wrong with
me," said Penny Cohen, a - recent
University graduate.
"Quality (of doctors) is really

uneven," added Jean Balliet, another
former University student.
HOWEVER, THERE are also many
who have been more than satisfied with
the treatment they received at Health
Service, which offers a general medical
clinic and special facilities for der-
matology, opthalmology, and a handful
of other medical specialties.
"I went over and had my ears
checked and had them irrigated.
Everything was real smooth," said
senior Joe George.
Anita Schatz, a junior, described the
service as "really excellent. I thought
the people at the front desk have the
right kind of attitude. Doctors were
really friendly."

BUT NO MATTER what they think of
Health Service-and whether they plan
on using it every day or not at all-all
University students must pay $23 per
term toward the facility. In return for
their. investment, each student can
receive unlimited free medical care
and consultation in Health Service's
main clinic, according to business
manager Tom Wilson.
Ex-students and spouses of students
may also use the complex as a result of
the assessment. However, they must
pay fees for the service they receive.
Wilson claims the charges "are all
lower than outside, such as at a private

THERE ARE ALSO extra charges
for anyone who benefits from specials
services at the clinic, such as X-rays or
laboratory tests.
Prior to 1975, 'no mandatory
assessment was charged all students.
But a state law requiring that non-
teaching units be self-supporting forced
the University to institute an
assessment on a five-year phase-in
plan. The first assessment, that same
years, was $6. Since then it has jumped
to $10, then to $17, and finaly to $23 for
this fall.
At the same time, fees have also risen
gradually for the extra services ren-
dered by Health Service.

Financial aid opportunities help

students pay way through 'U'

It takes a lot of green to be part of the
Maize and Blue. In order to rid students
of much of the financial trauma of at-
tending this school, various sources of-
fer scholarships and aid worth millions,
of dollars for University students.
Some 62 per cent of University
students received some form of finan-
cial aid last year. The many available
programs derive their funds from the
state and federal governments, as well
s- the University's general fund and
otror accounts.
'THere are four types of applications
vailable to students wishing to be con-
i'dered for financial aid, according to
im Zimmerman, assistant director of
he University's Office of Financial
id. The plans include federally funded

Ronal Jursa, the state's financial aid
director. He added that the allocation
makes the state eligible for an ad-
ditional $3 million it federal matching
THE THREE major programs fun-
ded by the state are the Michigan Com-
petitive Scholarship, the State Direct
Student Loan and the State Guaranteed
Loan programs.
Last year 2,323 University students
received the Michigan Competitive
Scholarship award at an average of
$837 per student, according to Aaron
Hall, supervisor for scholarships and
grants in Michigan. He said the Univer-
sity is usually one of the top two schools
in the state receiving the awards. Last
year Michigan State, Central Michigan,
and Michigan Tech were the only other
schools with more than 1,000 recipients
of this aid.
In order to receive this specific
scholarship, students must take an
exam prior to entering college. If
students qualify academically, finan-
cial need is considered. "Financial
need is evaluated anew each year,"
Jursa said. "At present, the maximum
award for a student is $1,200 (per year).
If (financial) need is less, the award is
less." Recipients must also be
Michigan residents, he added.
Federally funded programs are
based primarily on financial need.
These include the Basic Education Op-
portunity Grant, the National Direct
Student Loan, work-study, Supplemen-
tary Education grant' and Need-Based
General Fund Support. Incoming
students indicate on their admissions
applications whether they want to be
considered for financial aid through
these programs. A Family Financial
Statement must then be submitted to
American College Testing to be con-
sidered for assistance.

'About five per cent
.of grant money and
15 per cent of Na-
tional Direct Student
Loan money is de-
lined. Fifty per cent
of work-study a wards
are never earned.'
-Jim Zimmerman,
Aid Office

GUARANTEED Student Loans are
long-term loans funded by banks, credit
unions or other lending agencies, and
are not based on financial need.
Qualifications for a Guaranteed Loan
vary among lending agencies. Upon a
bank or credit union's refusal of a loan
application, the state or University can
act as the lender, Zimmerman said.
When students are awarded financial
aid it is not always claimed, according
to Zimmerman.
"About five per cent of grant money
and 15 per cent of National Direct
Student Loan money is declined. Fifty
per cent of work-study awards are
never earned," he said, adding that
these figures have been consistent over
the years.
The University provides one-ninth of
the funds for the National Direct
Student Loan awards and one-fifth of
student wages for work-study recipien-
ts. It also funds scholarships through
private donations, for which incoming
students are a'utomatically considered
without applying, Zimmerman said.
EDITH BLETCHER, director of
Student Alumni Services said the
Alumnae Council Scholarship - an
award primarily for women - is fun-
ded by private donations. The awards,
based on "academic merit, need, and
participation in the university com-
munity" go to about 30-40 recipients
each year, both graduate and un-
dergraduate students. The awards
range from $400 to $1,000 for an
academic year.
The University also has alumnae and
alumni clubs across the country whose
purpose is to raise money for scholar-
ships, Bletcher said.
The University's Athletic Depart-
ment is yet another source of
monetary assistance for students.

Financed by gate receipts and private
donations, the National Collegiate
Athletic Association (NCAA) , deter-
mines the number of awards each
school will receive for each sport, ac-.
cording to Lillian Dufird, business
manager of the Athletic Department.
Coaches recruit and decide on recipien-
ts based on ability and academic
qualifications. They can also divide
scholarshipsamong more students than
the NCAA decides by giving partial
awards for room, board or tuition or'a
combination of the three.
Phyllis Ocker, director of the Univer-
sity athletic program for women said
$16U,00 (about 30 full scholarships) are
available for women athletes this year.
"So far we've signed 18 women and I
hope we'll have some more," she said.
Ocker said the women's program is in
its fourth year of being "phased in".
Each year the amount available for
scholarships has increased. Last year
17 women received scholarships and
this year Ocker said she expects about
20 or 22.
Applications for the federally funded
programs can be obtained from the Of-
fice of Financial Aid in the Student Ac-
tivities Building. Scholarship infor-
mation through the Alumni Council is
available at its office in Angell Hall.
Banks and credit unions issue ap-
plications for Guaranteed Student

A DOCTOR CONSULTS WITH his patient during her visit to the University
Health Service complex, located on Fletcher Street, is supported chiefly
through student assessments.



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ip'grams which consider students
rimarily on financial need.
.OTHER TYPES of funding include
scholarships based on academic merit,
loans which can be obtained regardless
of.financial need, loans which can be ob-
acodemic merit, loans which can be ob-
tairted regardless of financial status,
aid miscellaneous scholarships from
alumni societies, community agencies,
o a parent's place of business.
Eror the 1979-1980 academic year
tl re will be about $5 million available
to, University students through the
National Direct Student Loan program,
more than $3 million in the work-study
program, and about $4.5 million in
Basic Education Opportunity Grants,
according to Zimmerman.
State app'ropriations will allow $12.5
million in financial aid, according to


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