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New financial aid formula co
decrease funding for 'U' stud
By Soojung Chang
Daily News Editor
The government's new formula for
calculating student financial aid might
decreaae funds for tens of thousands of
students, according to a recent report
by the Congressional Research Ser-
vice, the research arm of the United
In a June 25 memo, the CRS high-
lighted concerns after reviewing the
U.S. Department of Education's
'Notice of revision of the Federal
need analysis methodology for the
2004-2005 award year," which
updated the tax tables that are used
to formulate aid.
Its criticisms included the claim that
the revised tables do not accurately
reflect income levels because the revi-
sion was made using tax data from
2000, when the economy was in a bet-
But Office of Financial Aid Senior
Associate Director Margaret
"... It will increase the family's contribution and
therefore in some cases reduce a students eligibility."
- Margaret Rodriguez
Senior Associate Director of the Office of Financial Aid
Rodriguez said students have not been
affected by the new formula as of yet
and will not be for a while.
"Changes in the formula do not
affect any aid for the academic year
beginning this fall. These are
changes in the formula that would
affect student's eligibility for the
2004-2005 academic year,"
But once the changes take effect,
many are predicting that the ramifica-
tions will be substantial.
"The effect, as I understand it, is that
it will increase the family's contribu-
tion and therefore in some cases
reduce a student's eligibility,"
The education department has also
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been criticized because the changes do
not require approval from Congress or
any other governmental body.
"It is one of those really technical
things that has a great effect," Terry
Jackson said, director of financial aid
at Illinois' Knox College, in a June 18
Washington Post article. "The impact
will not be minimal."
Several pieces of legislation have
been introduced to the House and Sen-
ate to address widespread concern
about the revisions.
According to a written statement
from the National Association of Stu-
dent Financial Aid Administrators, it
has submitted recommendations to
Congress to remedy problems as a
result of the revisions.
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of the hotspots," Skrypec added.
Skrypec said there were no fire fight-
ers rushing into the flames, either.
"We call (our strategy) defensive,
which means we don't put anybody in
harm's way, everybody sits out and we
just lob water atlit - treat it as a big
trash fire," he said.
The site, which was being demolished,
will be the home of a new YMCA. Previ-
ously, it was a home and workplace for a
large creative community, said Brendan
Stern, an Ann Arbor resident who lives
only a few houses away from the block.
"There used to be a bunch of installations
for like artists that rent out rooms to put
on their work," he said.
Michelle Hinebrook, a painter who
had a studio on the second floor, said the
Technology Center was the home to
many organizations, including the Five
Five Five Galley, Flockworks Studio,
and a dance studio.
"There was a dance company right
below my studio," she said.
Hinebrook added that she feels
the Technology Center is something
you do not find in most cities, and
its destruction represents a great
loss to the community. "Ann Arbor
likes to see itself as a cultural hub
- and it is, to a certain extent -
but it's taken a great loss."
She added that efforts should be made
to find another low-rent space for the
artists to relocate to, as most who were
formerly based at the Technology Center
have relocated to Ypsilanti or Detroit.
"It's sad that things are just stopping
for the creative community that existed
there," she said. "When all the artists
leave the city, you are going to feel the
after-effects of that."
Hinebrook added that, despite its
exterior, the building's interior was a
sight to behold. The entire second
level had hardwood floors and large
industrial windows. The walls, she
said, were covered in murals. "It was
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