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'age A 10 -The Michigan Daily --Thursday, September 5, 1985

Pell Grants increase

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(Continued from Page 1)
set said the offices spent the rest of
the summer adjusting the awards
that were sent out last spring.
THE increase mainly effects out-of-
state students and students who
missed the financial aid application
deadline, Borset said.
In-state students probably won't
see an increase in their total awards
because the aid office has met the
needs for all in-state students, Borset
The office estimated that in-state
students have a need of $2,620 to meet
educational costs. This includes $2,260
for tuition, an estimated 5 percent
tuition increase for the fall.
BUT BORSET said the estimated
out-of-state student need is $7,410, and
the aid office has only been able to
meet the needs of a few out-of-state
In-state students may receive
money from Pell Grant, Borset said,
but any money that exceeds their
need will be taken out of any other
grants they get.
The increase in grant aid gives a
second chance to students who han-
ded in their financial aid applications
late. "What we say to late applicants
is that we can't do anything now, but
if we have any money left over, we'll
see what we can do," Borset said.
SHE SAID the extra money from in-
state students will be used for the late
applicants. "We still can't guarantee
anything, but the chances are better
now that they'll at least get
The average award increase will be
between $100 and $150, but those who

are supposed to receive the
maximum award of $2,100 will
receive as much money as it takes to
reach that cap, Grotrian said.
All totalled, University students
will get about $240,000 more in Pell
Grants, Borset said. Students
receiving the grants should be
notified by the middle of August.
IN ADDITION to the Pell Grant in-
crease, there was a great deal of
financial aid activity this summer,
Borset said.
On the state level, the legislature
appropriated $8 million more to in-
crease the Michigan Competitive
Scholarship Program. This permitted
the state to raise the program's
maximum award to $1,200 from $940.
In July, the state hadn't actually
passed the legislation.to increase the
cap, but it did appropriate the funds.
An aide to Rep. Perry Bullard (D-Ann
Arbor) said he expected the change to
be passed.
BUT UNLIKE the Pell Grant in-
creases, students won't have much
added to their awards because the Of-
fice of Financial Aid anticipated the
increase for the competitive scholar-
ships and adjusted the awards last
spring, Borset said.
"That's a common question students
have about financial aid," Borset
said. "They read that (the gover-
nment) is going to increase financial
aid, so they come to school expecting
us to add more money to their awar-
ds. But most of the time, we've
already taken the increases into ac-
count when we determine their in-
creases in the spring," Borset said.
Another state measure - the


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'U' to appeal court

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MEMBERS of the University's
Board of Regents will not discuss the
appeal until their Sept. 19 meeting.
Roderick Daane, the University's
chief attorney said the appeal must be
filed before Sept. 11 - 21 days after
Stell's decision.
Daane said the appeal could be
withdrawn if the regents decide they
do not want to pursue it.
"It was felt all along, since the suit
began back in 1982, that whoever was
unsuccessful would appeal," said

Regent Deane Baker (R-Ann Arbor).
"definitely" appeal, said Regent
Thomas Roach (D-Saline), "This is
Roach said that he believes not
challenging the suit would set a
precedent threatening the Univer-
sity's independence. "We can't let
them tell us how to handle our funds,"
he said,
"What people have to realize is that
this is separate from the question of
divestment, from the question of

creation of a state work/study r
program to complement the federal
program - probably won't have.\,
much of an impact because of the ,.
small amount of money the state gave
the University to start the program, .,
Borset said.
The state allocated $5 million for -4
the work/study program. In com- .0
parison, competitive scholarships are
funded with $24 million, up from $16f
million allocated last year.
Other than that, Borset said, there.,
haven't been many changes in finan-
cial aid this year. President Reagan's y
efforts to cut federal financial aid
were defeated by Congress, but there "
haven't been any huge increases in
student aid either, she said.
apartheid, and the question of South
Africa," Baker said. "The question is
the protection of the University's 1
autonomy. It affects everything front"
freedom in controlling our expen-t,
ditures to what we can and cannot of-
fer educationally."
STELL, IN a 13-page opinion, said
that the University's constitutional
autonomy is relevant only to.
educational matters. n y
"When an enactment of the
legislature under its police power
would impose limitations or...
requirements on the regents' actions.-
not within the educational sphere,,
- then there is no (constitutional,,
violation...," she wrote. _
She ruled other limits on the
University's autonomy, such as its"
waiver of government immunity from
workers' compensation laws, already"
Stell's decision is the latest in ad-04
series of measures showing statewide",
support of divestment. Gov. James"I'
Blanch ard last month announced a 10-
point plan for the state to divest itself'
of $2.85 billion in stocks tied to the'

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