This semester at Texas A&M University-Kingsville has consisted of a majority of students experiencing problems with financial aid. Financial aid was delayed in giving out awards and students were struggling to remain enrolled due to nonpayment of their tuition. I also felt the effects of financial aid awards delay and had to enroll into a payment plan to avoid being dropped from my classes.
It wasn’t until three weeks later that I finally received my financial aid and I could finally stop stressing over the lack of financial aid.
Throughout the first few weeks of college, students have been outraged by the fact they haven’t received their financial aid. Students at TAMUK wanted to know why it was taking so long and needed their financial aid otherwise they would be dropped. I noticed that there was a petition going around for financial aid to answer the student’s questions. We need to stand together to have our questions answered and these problems solved.
Thanks to the Student Government Association (SGA) that is what happened. The SGA addressed these problems to administration about how fees might have incurred due to late financial aid processing and how students are upset on how long it took to receive their aid. University President Dr. Steven Tallant met with the leaders of SGA in regard to the concerns that students have and he said in an email that he sent to all students, “I want to assure all students that we will look into any fees which were incurred by students as a result of financial aid processing changes and make reimbursements if any errors are found.” Dr. Tallant will be hosting a Student Forum on October 7 in the Memorial Student Union Building Room 219, so that students can ask any questions they would like. Students are encouraged to attend the student forum so that if they have any suggestions about financial aid or any other issues they could talk about it with Dr. Tallant.
The problems that arose this semester with financial aid should not arise in the future. Financial aid should learn from the problems that were presented and should be able to effectively award students their financial aid. TAMUK should focus on solving the problems and should take responsibility for any mistakes that were made on their part. They should apologize to the students for the delay in receiving their aid and make sure that it will never happen again. TAMUK might have even lost enrollment due to students not having financial aid and should produce numbers of students affected this semester.
In conclusion, I would like to personally thank the Student Government Association and the President of SGA David Barrera for voicing the concerns of students and for having the courage to present this problem to the administration. Considering all the problems that arose this semester, TAMUK needs to ensure students that they will work on awarding students more quickly.