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Page 8 Bellevue Community College Oct. 23, 1986 -4, The Back Page Hopeful cheerleaders give it their all TRYOUTS photo by Alex Washington j00ZZFQLI SUNDAY 8.'00 AM 12:00 PM I: 00 PM 4.'00 PM 7.00 PM 8.'00 PM 9.00 PM 10:00 PM SLIND'kY BLUEGRASS FOLKS RAMBLE MONDAY BLUES/JAZZ TUESDAY WEDNESDAY JAZZ/FOIK/BLUES/RE GGAE BLUES/JAZZ SUNDAY'S HORNPIPE , \\; 'WOICES" % CONTEMPORARY FOLK NEW JAZZ RELEASES BLUES "GROOVIN' TIME" ...... FRIDAY BLUES / JAZZ SATURDAY "CROSSROADS" (FUSION/INSTRUMENT) BLUES PARTY WAITING FOR THE RESULTS / photo by Alex Washington "bellevue-community-college-bellevue, "641"2424 Aid Verification Procedures Keep Students Out College Press Service Washington, D.C. Giving in to mounting frustrations, about 90 presidents of Black colleges turned a routine meeting with U.S. Department of Education officials two weeks ago into a series of angry speeches about how hard it is for Black students to get financial aid this year. Echoing the complaints of scores of "white" colleges, the presidents complained bitterly that new financial aid paperwork, designed by the government to make sure students actually qualify for federal money, is making it harder than ever for their students to get aid money this fall. The presidents also complained there is less aid money to go around now. At most Black colleges, 60. percent to 85 percent of students receive some sort of federal financial aid, compared to an average of 50 percent at other classes of schools. At the meeting, Education Department officials conceded Black colleges are having a harder time getting aid money this fail, but attributed it to a lack of communication, not the new aid verification procedures. '.'We have generally had more problems with Pell Grant programs in HBUs (histor- ically Black universities) than traditionally white schools," says Victoria Tripp of the department. She says it's because Black colleges, until recently, have not had a well-defined or regimented system for disbursing the money to their students, "For example", many colleges do not credit students' accounts immediately (upon receipt of funds). They give money to the student, and then get billed for tuition. Sometimes the student has already spent the money," she says. To solve the problem, the department called the schools to Washington D.C. "(With this seminar) we wanted to start new and flesh. We want to reach out and work with the Black colleges," Tripp explains. Instead, they got an earful of complaints from the officials. "The verification process (for the Pell Grant) is so long, and it is difficult to get the correct information," says Caroline Smith of Johnson C. Smith University in North Carolina, "It's kept students out of school." Smith says some Pefl Grant applications have been held up for more than four months. "People become very upset when we have to call their homes and ask for confidentail data (to complete the aid forms)," says Percy Lanier, director of financial aid for Alabama A and M University. 'qey feel the university is harassing them." Lanier says students at his university have not dropped out of school because of a lack of funds but, "many are staying out a sememster so then can get their paperwork straightened out and turned in." It's a far cry from the "safety net" President Reagan promised minority students when he called for financial aid cuts, added Johnson C. Smith University President i Robert Albright at the meeting. "Tuition is going up, and aid is going down, ' adds Caroline Smith. Albright charged there is less aid available to minority students now than in the past. But Tripp replies federal funding to historically Black colleges has increased by $75.8 million since 1981. Education Department figures also show the percentage of Pell Grant recipients at historically Black colleges has decreased 19 percent in the past six years, Smith retorts. "I have about 100 Pell Grants in my office now. If (they are) not straightened out, students will not be able to return," Smith says. mar00qB Roast Fri.-Sat. 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Just down the hiff in FAsate Open Sum-Thur. 7 om.-8 p.m. 3303 156th Ave S.E. Bdfevue 747- 0551