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The Michigan Daily -Tuesday, July 26, 1983- Page 5
'U'won't replace axed ederal aid

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for the University to unilaterally seem
to countera federal law," he said.
Harvey Grotrian, the University's
financial aid director, said his office
will help students find jobs and grants
from outside the University to make up
for the lost federal funds.
UNIVERSITY officials didn't plan on
enforcing the law this year, after Min-
nesota Federal Judge Donald Alsop
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ruled in June that it was uncon-
stitutional. Alsop said the law was un-
constitutional because students who do
not sign the form are forced to in-
criminate themselves and do not
receive a fair trial.
But in July the Supreme Court unex-
pectedly overturned Alsop's decision,
sending the University's financial aid
office into a scramble to rush the cer-
tification forms to the more than 11,000
students who receive federal grants.
Schools nationwide must enforce the
law until the Supreme Court can hear
an appeal by the Department of Justice
which isn't expected before October.
MEANWHILE, students will be
receiving letters from the financial aid
office explaining the law, and a tape on
the requirements is available at the
Campus Information Center (763-
No other Big Ten schools have adop-
ted alternative loan programs. A few
private schools, including Yale and two

small Quaker colleges, Earlham and
Swarthmore, are offering non-
registered students loans at slightly
lower rates than banks.
Such loans, however, cost students
about $4,000 more than the low-irlterest
rates of fededral student loans, accor-
ding to Donald Routh, financial aid
director at Yale.
SINCE THE University is a public
school, it does not have the financial
resources to institute a program like
Yale's, Grotrian said.
Grotrian said he can't estimate how
many students at the University have
not registered, but he said the office has
heard little reaction from students
about the law.
"I can't tell you of a single student
telling me he hasn't registered for the
draft," he said.
NATIONWIDE, about 96 percent, or
10 million men have registered, leaving
about 400,000 non-registrants. About
70,000 of those have received warning


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letter from the Selective Service, and 100
men are being "hunted down" by the
FBI, according to John Russell, a
spokesman for the U.S. Justice Depar-
For needy students, though, the
threat of losing federal aid can be reason
enough to register, said Yale's Routh.
"There's a tremendous pressure to
register," he said. "The law is coercive
because of the added costs. There are
other appropriate ways to enforce
Selective Service laws (rather than
through financial aid offices)," Routh
HE SAID an unfair burden is being
put on the offices because "not all draft
resistors are in college and not all
receive financial aid."
Schools such as Yale will not be
punished for subsidizing non-
registered students, according to Bob
Jamroz, a Department of Education
spokesman. The law only restricts
federal financial aid, Jamroz said, ad-
ding that schools are free to use their
own funds to replace lost aid.
In May, Rep. Gerald Solomon, (R-
N.Y.), who authored the original draft-
aid bill, introduced a bill that would cut
federal research grants - especially
defense contracts - from schools that
subsidize non-registered students.
Although Solomon's proposal was not
a factor in the University's decision to
not provide alternative funds, Frye said
if the "abhorrent" bill was passed, it
would be "hard to ignore."
Department of Defense contracts
would be the main target of Solomon's
proposal because "taxpayers shouldn't
be subsidizing resources for Univer-
sities that are jeopardizing the nation's
defense," said John Kostas, a
spokesman for Solomon's office.
"Financial aid is not a constitutional
right. It is a privilege and the gover-
nment has the purview to make
regulations on student aid to preserve
the interest of America," Kostas said.
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