Wednesday, March 12, 2008
It is definitely not a surprise for University of Houston students to deal with its unfriendly administration, and that is putting it nicely.
As a student there I know how bad the university screws students over and over again. Can you imagine what being a DREAMER student there is like? Well, being one... has being a great experience, but it becomes a challenge to survive the administration.
Don't get me wrong, I love my university, but if you go around asking students about the administration in financial aid, admissions, counseling, advising, especially FINANCIAL AID, they will tell you many stories, a great number of them not good ones.
Today i made a phone call to the financial aid office at the University of Houston and i was not surprised that the TAFSA form is not available online on the UH website. They were not able to tell me either when it would be uploaded. The TAFSA form is the special form that us, HB1403/SB1528 have to fill out instead of the FAFSA form. You see, this is in Texas colleges and universities and the TAFSA has given great results for a great number of universities and colleges across Texas. Many of the advocates involved in designing this form have helped us so much- they spent so much time designing this form to make it easier for administrations to work with students like us. It has worked for the most part.
However, there are universities like the University of Houston who do not want its students to apply for the Texas Grant under the TAFSA form thus making it almost impossible to find. Not to mention, it has become a habit in the past for the financial aid employees to lose the applications once you submit them. I dont think that they realize that they are playing with people's lives here. Last semester a fellow DREAMER was left without money because the University of Houston employee lost the application! She did not go to school that semester needless to say.
I understand that we are much luckier here in Texas to have access to these types of resources. I also understand that many DREAMER's in other states don't have access to any of this, but losing applications, making it hard for DREAMERS to find these forms is definitely not a coincidence.
The new 2008-2009 TAFSA form is now accessible here. Download it, fill it out and make copies of what you will turn it. Also, when you turn it in personally, because, yes... we have to turn it in personally ask the financial aid advisor to sign it before you leave.
Posted by Juli at 1:19 PM