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Monday, July 30, 2007
The Michigan Daily - michigandaily.com

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BILLS
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with Rogers's Law and more to do
with an overall decline in students'
political involvement.
But he said Rogers's Law does
sometimes create confusion for
potential voters who think chang-
ing their permanent address is
complicated or could jeopardize
their dependency status, causing
them to lose their parents' health
care coverage.
Kestenbaum said the implemen-
tation of the bills wouldn't be a
major problem among clerks.
"We could certainly make that

work," he said.
But there is still concern among
supporters that the bills will face
more of a challenge when they go
before the Republican majority in
the Senate.
LSA junior Chris Irvine, chair
of the College Republicans, said
he doesn't think personal political
views should affect the decision
to make the voting process easier,
and that Warren's bills would be an
improvement for student voters.
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The bill would impact fed-
eral student-aid through the Pell
Grant, a form of federal funding
that is given to students who show
the greatest financial need. It will
increase the maximum Pell Grant
award to $6,300, while raising the
minimum grant amount to 10 per-
cent of the maximum.
Margaret Rodriguez, senior
associate director in the Univer-
sity's Office of Financial Aid, said
she was encouraged by the new
legislation.
"Though further negotiation

between House and Senate mem- removes the possibility of abuses
bers will occur before the actual in the federal loan programs."
increase in the Pell Grant is final- Rodriguez also said that the
ized, we are very happy that legis- University does not promote a list
lation proposed in both the House of preferred-lenders for private
and the Senate recognizes the need loans.
for increases in federal funding for "We place no restrictions or bar-
our needy students," she said in an riers to students using the lender of
e-mail. their choice," she said. "We offer
Rodriguez said that because no incentives to students for using
federal loans provide students a particular loan provider."
with funds directly from the gov- Rodriguez said the bill's aim
ernment, the University is able to to limit profitable arrangements
bypass private lenders. between lenders and colleges does
"The issues described recently not apply to the University.
in the press about incentives and "Neither U-M nor any of its
preferential treatment are not an employees receive anybenefitfrom
issue for us," Rodriguez said. "We anylenderto have access to student
are supportive of legislation that borrowers," Rodriguez said.

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