Volume 93, Issue 11

Thursday, September 16, 1999


Tuesday's not so funny

Too much melodrama

And we all shine on

B&E instead of R&R at campus recreation

Column labelled as ignorant, intolerant

Assistance needs work

You go boyfriend!

I wanna be just like Ivey?

I want my Rogers TV

Assistance needs work

To the Editor:

I love attending classes at Western but my love comes with a cost.

Western has one of the highest tuition fees for undergraduate students in the province. But even though tuition costs are so high there are ways of obtaining funds through financial aid.

I was very excited when I learned about the work study program Western offered. Here is a quote from the work study web site: "the objectives of the work study program, in order of importance, are 1) to assist students in financial need with a regular source of income that does not add to their debt load."

This is where I get confused. I applied for a job on campus and got it on the condition I would be approved for the work study program. Since I am a student who, like many others, depends heavily on OSAP, I thought I would have no problem being approved.

However, a few days ago I was denied approval for the program. The reason why I was not eligible, according to the letter I was given, was that in order to be eligible for funding a student must be able to demonstrate financial need in relation to his or her peers.

I didn't give it another thought until I informed my boss I was not approved for the work study program. My boss then informed me that a fellow co-worker had been approved for the program even though her parents pay for her entire education. Is anyone as confused as I am?

Heather Zuck
Biology III

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