College students are making their voices heard to Congress about the future of student loans. On July 1st subsidized Strafford student loan rates will double from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent unless Congress stops the action.
Approximately 100 student body presidents around the nation joined together in an effort to stop the rate increase. The group began at Georgetown University and rapidly grew. The student body president group works hard to represent the students on each campus.
The STRIPES program designed to provide a safe ride for MU students on weekends is facing a potential budget cut. According to the Missouri Student Association, the program is set to receive about $10,000 less than what it expected. Because of the cuts in allocation, the STRIPES program is now responsible for its own funding. MSA Director of Student Communications Jimmy Hibsch says that if the budget is cut, STRIPES will have to look for other ways to fundraise, but believes they will not have any trouble in doing so.
The MU Missouri Student Association has begun talks with the Faculty Council on the possibility of changing the school's grading system.
The MSA recently surveyed 700 students to find out how they feel about the existing system, which awards fractional grade points for plus or minus grades. For example a B- is worth 2.7 points, a B is worth 3 points, and a B+ is worth 3.3 points.
Fifty two percent of students interviewed in an MSA survey said they disagreed with the existing system, causing the MSA to look into a change to a flat grading system.