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Aid, scholarship delays fluster YSU students

Published: Fri, August 19, 2011 @ 8:42 p.m.

Youngstown State University’s announcement that it is delaying financial aid and scholarship funds has some students struggling to pay bills.

“The tuition disbursement freeze is unacceptable,” student Frederick Moose wrote in an email to YSU trustees and administrators. “Some of us rely on that money to not only pay to tuition, but to also supplement a part-time job or to pay bills and rent while we’re in school. Without that financial aid, I’m going to have problems paying rent come September.”

Moose copied the email to The Vindicator.

“The students of this university have a right, as payers of tuition, to know what’s going on,” Moose said in the email. “I can’t speak for all of campus, but the faculty members in the Dana School of Music work very hard to make sure that we all get a valuable education, and any of us in the music program will vouch for it. ...”

The university sent an email to students announcing the delay and attributing it to the uncertainty surrounding contract talks with the faculty union.

“We have received many calls and emails from students who are concerned about the delay in financial-aid disbursements,” said Ron Cole, YSU spokesman. “That’s very understandable. There’s a lot of concern, worry and angst, and all of that is very understandable.”

He said the university is doing “everything we can to resolve the contract so we can move forward” and get approval from the department of education to disburse financial aid and scholarship funds.

Last week, YSU trustees rejected a fact finder’s report that would have given union members raises of 0 percent, 1 percent and 2 percent and raised the amount they pay for health insurance.

The union, which had approved the fact finder’s report, issued a notice authorizing a strike if an agreement isn’t reached by Aug. 26.

Fall classes are to begin Aug. 29.

In a news release, Julia Gergits, president of the union representing YSU faculty, pointed out that in 2005 when the union went on strike, the university didn’t take action to delay financial aid and scholarship funds to students.

Financial aid and scholarship funds were to be disbursed beginning Friday.

The university said payment due dates also will be adjusted.

“The U.S. Department of Education has advised YSU not to disburse financial aid funds until we know for certain when fall semester classes will start,” said the email sent by Gene Grilli, vice president for finance and administration, and Jack Fahey, vice president for student affairs.


1valleyred(1103 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

YSU students against the faculty strike, make your voice heard! http://www.facebook.com/pages/YSU-Stu...

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2Paenut(1 comment)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

Just remember that faculty working conditions are students learning conditions.
YSU Students FOR Faculty!

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3valleyred(1103 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

How can we afford these pay wages in this economy? We have people all over Wall Street saying we are heading back into a double-dip recession. We have great professors at YSU, BUT students cannot continue to fund their demands.

A three year sacrifice will do everyone wonders in the long-run.

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4Mika2471(2 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

Bull and they know it!! just because they can't make a decision they said "lets get the students involve but lets just let them find out by delaying THEIR MONEY on the day they were expecting it!!" But we will adjust the due date sooo how about i delay the due date when i'm paying the money back!! YSU is the worst school...building an unecssary side street when they need to fix them raggedy elevators (scared I'm gone get stuck in one) and fix up their bathrooms...worried about money half the teachers always missing class anyway!! Bull!!!!!!!!!!!

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5ytown1234(11 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

Students have been paying for faculty raises with their 3.5% tuition increase. STudents for FAculty are crazy in the sense that they are beingh brainwashed by some faculty who suggest that they have poor working conditions. This is all about money. If they were getting raises they wouldnt be complaining about working conditions. Students should not support a potential strike nor buy into ideas that their learning environment will suffer. It will only suffer because some professors use their classroom to complain to students.

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6whitesabbath(738 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

Most degrees are worthless pieces of paper.

In today's society job security is in the following.

1. Law - enforcement
2. Prison Guards
3. Welfare
4. Health

Any other and your like the million of others with a 4 year degree flipping burgers and selling cell phones.

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7Woodley(26 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

What is rhe difference in Wall Street, large Corporations, the banks, the extreme rich( who pay little or no tax), the federal branches of govt., the Pres., Congress, the Supreme Court, and Y.S.U. board, NOTHING? Dr. Anderson will be making 305K in another year or so. I am quite sure the Board make sure that they are paid well. And as a junior and non-traditional student, I STRONGLY suggest that you parents watch carefully the info. you get back form the financial dept. What the above really are is PIMPS. They get their's FIRST without any regulation from anyone but themselves and then decide what crumbs to give to the REAL workers at Y.S.U.

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8Attis(1134 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

The overpaid YSU vice presidents who claim that the US Dept. of Education told them to stop contractually committed payments to students are liars. They give new meaning to the word 'vice'.

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9whitesabbath(738 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

Guess I forgot to add Morticians to the list.

LOL @Geromajor, delusional really ?

First of all big brother cant kill off the vermin of the society anymore by sending them to the front lines in warfare.

Only option LOCK EM UP , 2.5 million locked up more than anywhere in the world.

So go finish smoking your pot and drinking your beer for the next 4 years, when mommy and daddy cut you off, and burgerking won't hire you because your over qualified, just lay down by your dish and cry.

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10whitesabbath(738 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

No soup for you !!!

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11Jay48(2 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

Federal regulations state that a school may not disburse federal financial aid funds "until the 10th day before the first day of classes". If YSU does not know when the first day of classes is going to be because of a pending strike notice from the faculty how do you expect them to disburse the funds. YSU also has 14 days to refund any credit balance that is created by the disbursement of federal financial aid funds. The 14 day rule is from the date of disbursement of funds or the first day of class whichever is later. Students should learn the rules before they cry foul about YSU. YSU is just following federal regulations.

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12guingirl70(3 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

Here is something that also needs to be taken in to account...
"the fact finder notes that under the parties’ current collective bargaining agreement, bargaining unit members received annual salary increases of 6.1% in 2009, 3.5% in 2010, and 3.8% in 2011. There is no evidence in the record of a reduction in staff, hours, or pay suffered by bargaining unit members during the term of the current Agreement, from August 18, 2008 through August 17, 2011. The pay raises received during these years stand in contrast to the experience of many workers in the public sector who during this period were laid off or agreed to give back work through furlough days and/or agreed to shoulder increased expenses to reduce employer costs".
"The fact finder notes that a professor’s minimum salary in the 2008-2009 nine-month school year was $71,330; for the 2009-2010 nine-month school year the minimum moved to $73,470; and for the 2010-2011 NINE-MONTH school year the minimum moved to $75,674".
These salaries are coming from a community where the median income is $26,000 (for 12 months not NINE) and a high unemployment rate. It is unfair to keep putting the burden on the students/parents. Over the last 3 years faculty received over 13% in raises in the middle of a RECESSION when the rest of use were taking cuts and making sacrifices!

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13whitesabbath(738 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

Well wish you students best of luck..

Certainly feel bad for the ignorant people who just relied on goverment student loans to live off of.

Even though you have to pay it back, welcome to the real world.

As for me I will start hoarding salt, to perserve flesh for life sustaining existance.

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14Anonymouse(36 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

The current offers by faculty are a sacrifice. They're asking for less than previously even though the administration won't share key information with them. They are pursuing negotiations in good faith.

And while you quote people on Wall Street talking about a second recession, why don't you think of who was responsible for the first one? …People on Wall Street.

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