On Monday, the Coalition for International Students’ Financial Aid released a petition calling on the University to prioritize need-blind admissions for international applicants. The petition, which garnered over 900 signatures in two days, aims to push this initiative forward in light of Stanford’s long-range planning efforts.
For the first time, Stanford will give incoming low-income freshmen a grant to help with transition expenses.
If Fraternity and Sorority Life and the Inter-Sorority Council are committed to making the ISC sororities more socioeconomically inclusive in general, minimizing recruitment costs is the best solution. I can tell you from experience that it will take more than one person to accomplish this, and will definitely require compassionate and unyielding allyship.
Unlike peer institutions such Harvard, Yale and Princeton, Stanford lacks need-blind financial aid for internationals.
The Offices of Undergraduate Admission and Financial Aid are waiting to see what impact two national higher education initiatives, set forth by President Barack Obama in his Jan. 24 State of the Union address, will have on the University. University officials interviewed by The Daily, however, said they are confident Stanford is already meeting most, if not all, of the recommendations that the government may make.
Despite a new Stanford ePay system instated in the middle of last quarter which required authorized tuition payers to re-register, Director of Student Services T.J. Fletcher wrote in an email to The Daily that her office has not observed an increase in past-due balances this quarter.
Student loan defaults at Stanford remain low, but a regulatory change prompted by the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act requires universities to measure their default rates over three years instead of two, which could reveal more students missing payments.