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Loan delays complicate financial aid process
By Rebecca Oltmans
For some University of Nebraska
Lincoln students, waiting for their
spring student loan checks this se
mester has been like hearing “your
check is in the mail.”
John Beacon, director of scholar
ships and financial aid, said several
factors contributed to the delay that
caused some students frustration.
Freshman Jill Meyerkorth knows
that frustration. She said she expected
to pick up her loan check by Jan. 9.
She’s still waiting.
“It’s a pain,” Meyerkorth said. “I
check back every day.”
Beacon said the first factor caus
ing the delay was an increase in the
amount of money and applicants the
office must handle with no increase
For the 1994-95 academic year,
the office received 17,000 applica
tions compared to 13,900 in 1991-92.
During that time, the office added
only two staff members.
“We were already doing big busi
ness,” Beacon said. “Now there is
Recent changes in loan regula
tions have made qualifying for aid
easier for students, he said.
For example, the number of
unsubsidized loans increased ten
fold, Beacon said, with total pay
ments rising from $648,000 in 1991
92 to $6.75 million in 1994-95.
Most students waiting longer than
expected were receiving spring-only
loans, he said.
Most students receive one loan
paid in two disbursements for the
academic year, Beacon said.
Chris McDade, a UNL senior, said
he had expected to pick up his check
before Jan. 8. But on Jan. 17, he was
still waiting for his spring-only loan.
McDade said not receiving the
check on time didn’t inconvenience
him, but this was the first semester
his check had not come in when he
Allowing students to borrow
money for one semester at a time
makes it easier for students to pay for
those sessions, Beacon said, but it
creates more loans for the financial
aid office to handle.
The spring-only loans were re
leased by banks on Jan. 9.
Beacon said the financial aid of
fice had expected to process full-year
loan checks by that date so it could
concentrate on getting the spring
only loans out.
After this year, the tedious loan
process will be done by computer,
The life of a loan
Loan applications are checked,
rechecked, and checked again,
passing through a minimum of four
hands and two offices.
They are checked for such things
■ Official information.
■ Prior loan records.
■ Financial aid transcripts from
■ The student's estimated budget
for the loan.
■ Reasonable academic progress.
After a final review of the student's
loan record, the Office of
Scholarships and Financial Aid
sends the checks and a list of
recipients to Student Accounts.
The Student Accounts office
rechecks the list to make sure they
have all the checks before
releasing any of them.
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Jobs available to those who SEIC
helps to find
the perfect one
By Erin Schulte
Unless you’re planning to spend
your summer loafing on the beach,
now is the time to start searching for
a summer job or internship.
Although finding the perfect job
— one you enjoy, one you can hold
just for the summer and one that pays
well — may seem impossible, but it
can be done.
A good place to begin is deciding
whether you want a job or an intern
Lindy Nolan, student employment
assistant for the Student Employment
and Internship Center, said the two
differed. An internship, paid or un
paid, usually offers a more profes
sional experience, she said.
During an internship, interns
should be treated as if they can do a
professional’s job after some on-the
job training, she said. An internship
is similar to what once was called
apprenticeship, Nolan said.
An internship gives students ex
perience doing the job they want after
graduation, but for less or no pay and
for a shorter amount of time, she said.
According to the SEIC office, about
half of the internships available are
paid. Employers may take a more
serious look at graduates who have
had internships, Nolan said.
Although internships may not pay
as well as regular summer jobs, the
experience probably would make up
for the lower wages, she said.
A job, on the other hand, usually
involves clerical work or physical
labor, and employees are not treated
as professionals, Nolan said. How
ever, a job almost always pays more
than an internship, she said.
Students often are split over
whether they want an internship or a
job, and sometimes they just take
what they can get, Nolan said. The
best time to start hunting for either is
in January, she said.
Jaimee Hagen, a senior advertis
ing major, said she found an unpaid
internship doing promotional adver
tising for LaDell Stonecipher, a
freelance artist, through the SEIC
“I need an internship — a paid
“/ need an internship —
a paid one. ”
UNL senior advertising major
one,” Hagen said.
She said she visited SEIC once a
week to search for new opportunities.
The SEIC library is easy to use, she
said, even though advertising or mar
keting internships are scarce. SEIC
helps about 300 University of Ne
braska-Lincoln students find sum
mer work each year, Nolan said.
Internships are listed in 345 Ne
braska Union. The office also has a
library that shows internships not
posted. SEIC employees can also pro
vide contact names for companies.
The student job board on the third
floor of the union gives short descrip
tions of on- and off-campus j obs, both
part-time and work study. SEIC also
provides a job line, where job open
ings are given over the phone by
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Despite NRoll, some colleges
try to retain adviser contact
By Beth Narans
Students in UNL’s College of Jour
nalism and Mass Communications
are being reminded of the importance
of consulting their academic advis
They are being asked in their jour
nalism classes to sign forms agreeing
that they accept responsibility for their
own academic programs. The forms
strongly encourage students to visit
Before the installation of NRoll,
journalism students were required to
have an adviser’s signature on their
But now that type of control would
be difficult to maintain, said Associ
ate Dean Linda Shipley. The purpose
of handing out the forms, she said,
was so students knew that meeting
with their advisers still was recom
“We still want them to come in,
but if they opt not to, it’s still their
responsibility,” she said.
The UNL Student Handbook, now
out of print, contained a statement
that made students aware of how im
portant it was to see an adviser.
Much of the handbook informa
tion was transferred to the Under
graduate Bulletin when the hand
book went out of print, but the state
ment about advising was not.
Starting with the fall 1995 semes
ter, a statement will appear in the
bulletin informing all students of their
The journalism college was con
cerned that if students stopped seeing
their advisers, problems could arise.
It was anticipation of problems,
Shipley said, rather than a list of
actual problems, that prompted the
department to distribute the form.
“Sometimes students don’t under
stand the' importance of seeing an
adviser, but understanding the bulle
tin by yourself isn’t always easy,” she
In the Teachers College, students
are handed a form when they enroll in
the program. It states the responsi
bilities of the students on one half of
the page and the responsibilities of
the adviser on the other half.
Angela Smith, director of advis
ing for the Teachers College Student
Service Center, said the handout was
part of a nationwide move to encour
age advising and help students be
come more independent.
Advisers are not there just to write
down a list of classes the students
must take, she said, but are a part of
learning. Students still have to take
the initiative for their course work,
Elizabeth Grobsmith, associate
vice chancellor for academic affairs,
said courses and requirements were
constantly changing, and if students
wanted to be aware of new options,
they had to keep in contact with their
“This is a huge university, and
each college has its own require
ments,” she said. “It’s very complex.
Students need to be sure they are
getting advice to meet the require
ments and not just going off on their
Grobsmith said she knew of no
colleges besides the journalism and
teachers that had handouts to inform
students about their advising respon
sibilities. She said CBA had a similar
policy, but printed it in the Under
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