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Lau finds unique way to give back

Lau finds unique way to give back
Information Systems Specialist Melissa Lau spends her weekdays working in the financial aid office, but on the weekends she is either running a race or training for one. Her first goal, to run in 31 races before she turned 31, was accomplished when she finished the Los Angeles Marathon on March 17. She is currently looking to her next goal, which includes a race in October in which she will run for... 

Financial aid gets new leadership

Financial aid gets new leadership
New Director of Financial Aid Diane Anchundia grew up in New York and moved to California about 18 months ago. Before coming to the University of La Verne she was regional director of financial aid at West Coast University. Anchundia said she enjoys Warehouse Pizza because it reminds her of New York pizza. / photo by Kelley Maggiulli Clo Hidalgo Staff Writer With her easy-going personality and knowledge... 

Tuition increases cover new programs

Tuition increases cover new programs
Rosalyn Reyes, a senior mathematics major, fills out financial aid paperwork in Woody Hall on Aug. 30. Statewide cuts have affected students receiving Cal Grants through their financial aid packages. Aid is determined heavily upon students’ family income and financial need./ photo by Kelly Maggiulli Sarah Veissalov Staff Writer While the University of La Verne had an impressive increase in admitted... 

Tuition increase set for fall

Robert Penalber Staff Writer Despite summer break approaching, students are already worried about the tuition increase scheduled for the 2012-2013 school year. Last November the Board of Trustees approved the 6.5 percent tuition increase, bringing the total undergraduate cost to $33,400. “It is traditional to see an annual increase in private organizations,” Treasurer Avo Kechichian said. “The... 

Tuition increase is unjustified

Tuition increase is unjustified
Editorial cartoon by Jason D. Cox Attention students: Prepare to empty your wallets, max out your credit cards and expand your debt as you pursue your education at the University of La Verne. A 6.5 percent increase in tuition has been approved for the 2012-2013 school year, bringing tuition up to $33,350, which is $2,050 more than for the 2011-2012 school year. The class of 2013 will be paying $5,100... 

School debt leaves students cold

School debt leaves students cold
Editorial cartoon by Jason D. Cox Republicans in the Senate blocked the Democrats’ bill Tuesday that would prevent the interest rates of the Stafford Loan from doubling July 1. The interest rate that is currently 3.4 percent would double to 6.8 percent, a price that only adds to the thicket of debt students are fighting. Stafford Loans are federal education loans that were borrowed by about 7.4 billion... 

Cal Grants could be slashed

Jason D. Cox Senior Editor While a student at La Verne, student employment coordinator Robbyn Gibson received a Cal Grant for two years. Since then she has taken several opportunities to express her opposition to the Governor’s proposed cuts to Cal Grants, by attending the Association of Indepen­dent California Colleges and Universities’ Student Day rallies, held in Sacramento. Last month, Gibson... 

Leatha Webster remembered for kindness

Leatha Webster remembered for kindness
Leatha Webster, director of financial aid, died on Jan. 3 due to complications from multiple myeloma. She moved to Southern California with her only son in 2003 to accept the position at the University of La Verne. Webster continued to work at the University of La Verne until her death last month. Her ashes were sprinkled in the Pacific Ocean. /photo by Amy Babin Annunciata Williams Staff Writer Leatha... 

Economy, debt troubles complicate post-grad plans

Allison Lavelle Staff Writer In an ailing economy many college students find themselves trying to fund their education with loans, and when they graduate they end up thousands of dollars in debt with no job offers. According to The Project on Student Debt, an organization that collects debt data and works to make education more affordable, the class of 2010 graduated with an average of $25,250 of debt,... 

Raise endowment, not tuition

On Nov. 4 the Board of Trustees approved a 6.5 percent undergraduate tuition increase for the 2012-2013 academic year. Reasons for this increase range from a need to sustain education programs to improve the image of the University. For the 2011-2012 school year, tuition at the University of La Verne approximates $31,300. This is compared to Chapman at about $40,234, Pepperdine at about $40,752 and... 
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