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By LISA POLLAK
Remember your high school
counselors? Those people in the
principal's office whose primary
importance in your life was most
likely to staple your S.A.T. scores
to your transcripts and tell you that,
no, they wouldn't call Harvard and
put in a good word for you?
Well, counselors, like grades and
exams, will again be a part of your
life at the University. But unlike
high school, Orientation was
probably the only time in college
that your counseling was structured,
assigned, and arranged by somebody
When and where to get your
academic advice at the University is
largely something that you choose
for yourself. And in the next four
years counselors will become much
more important in leading you
through the maze of courses,
requirements, and university proto -
students who request counseling
will be provided with a full time
counselor. Often students will see
a different counselor each time they
enter the counseling office.
"Of course, a student can request
'When and where to get your academic advice at the
University is largely something that you choose for
consult, with a counselor before
their first-term of registration.
Students are expected to make any
additional appointments as their
individual needs warrant and as
questions arise as to what fields of
study to pursue.
So students are not expected to
have a close relationship with any
one counselor - a situation some
officials say would be impossible
because of size of the university.
LSA counselors also hold
regular office hours in the majority
of residence halls on a weekly
basis. Here students can develop
closer ties with their counselors
because the same counselors come
to the each week.
An alternative to making
appointments or dealing with staff
counselors is offered by the Student
Counseling Office, a student-run
group that provides counseling on a
walk-in basis to LSA students.
Billing themselves as peer
counselors "in an informal and
relaxed atmosphere," the SCO in U
Haven Hall is most popular for its
file of old exams.
SCO counselors can also inform
students about more than just the
content and credit of a class.
Students who have actually sat
through the classes will candidly
relate such facts as how hard, how
boring, or how worthwhile a class
col than every before.
Academic advising is provided
by all the schools and colleges at
the university. While sometimes
this advice will come from faculty
members or graduate students, most
a specific counselor, but sometimes
he will be available and sometimes
he won't" said an employee in the
LSA counseling office.
But LSA, like many other
schools, only requires students to
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MAKING ENDS MEET
By BRIAN BONET
Due partly to increasing tuition
rates and the high cost of living in
Ann Arbor, nearly half of the
University's student body turns to
the the Office of Financial Aid to
help make ends meet.
"Our packages are among the
best of any schools, public or
private, in the state," said Harvey
Grotrian, financial aid director.
According to Grotrian, the primary
goal of the office is to aid students
who, without financial assistance,
would be unable to attend The
University, whose tuition is the
most expensive among public
universities in the country.
The office tries to meet the
financial needs of all in-state
students, he said, but non-residents
have no such guarantee.
Last year, the University awarded
nearly $40 million to under-
graduates, and currently an estim-
ated 12,000 undergraduate and
graduate students, excluding medical
and law students, receive aid.
The formula the University uses
to determine who is eligible for
financial aid is derived by sub-
tracting the estimated family
contribution to tuition from the
total cost of attending the
University for a year.
In figuring the family con-
tribution, the University determines
how much the applicant is expected
to contribute to their education and
how much their parents are expected
Student contribution is calcu-
lated by the amount of money the
applicant earns from summer jobs
and part-time jobs during the school
year. In addition, if the applicant
has a checking or savings account,
the University expects part of the
balance to go towards the appli-
Some students, though, have
found the financial expectations the
University places on them unrea-
sonable. Last winter the Daily
reported that one student, Laura, a
fifth year senior who didn't want to
use her real name, said the amount
of money she was required to earn
during the summer jumped
drastically during her junior and
The amount of parental
contribution is determined by the
parents' financial status. The
University requires the parents of
each applicant to fill out a financial
statement. The form asks questions
about family size, the number of
dependents attending college,
parents' income, and the value of
The estimated amount of
parental contribution for each
student is determined by how much
the applicant's parents appear to be
able to pay toward their child's
expenses and where they stand
financially compared to the rest of
Many students, however, say
their parents are expected to give
more money then they can afford.
The University has an appeal
process which considers unusual
circumstances surrounding financial
aid, but there has rarely been a case
when parents would be exempted
from contributing to the tuition.
The recenE change in the federal
government's student assistance
programs from offering grants to
private loans may have an affect on
the University's financial aid
process, said Bob Holmes, the
assistant vice president for academic
"The federal government is less
generous than we would like, so the
University must find alternative
ways to help students," he said.
The bestlDaily Photo by SCOTT TUCH
Daily readers voted last spring that South Quad had the best dorm food iin
the Weekend Magazine's Best of Ann Arbor poll. The two SQ food service.
workers pictured said they were surprised to hear the news. (Maybe they
know something we don't.)
Clubs can be
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