Budget deficit provokes look at USU student government scholarships

The ASUSU executive council voted in last night’s council meeting to cap all ASUSU officer scholarships.This policy replaces the full tuition and fees waiver policy, which included equal monthly stipends for all vice presidents, director positions and members of the academic senate.Effective next fall, officers will be compensated with a set dollar amount depending on their position. The ASUSU president will receive a $3,000 scholarship per semester, along with five $300 stipends throughout the semester. The executive council vice presidents, the academic senate president, the administrative assistant and the public relations director will receive $2,500 with four $200 stipends. Programming directors will receive $2,400 per semester with no stipends and members of the academic senate will receive $2,300 per semester with no stipends.According to the two bills that proposed the cap, the need to limit scholarships comes from a deficit in the student government budgets. According to the bills, student government exceeded its allotted budget by nearly $80,000 this semester.ASUSU Executive Vice President Brent Crosby said: “I believe that (VP for Student Services) Dr. (James) Morales decided to take care of the deficit at this point because of several reasons. First, this is his second year in his position.””Second, there are numerous ASUSU representatives that are graduate students who have both higher tuition and fees,” Crosby said. “Third, many of the ASUSU representatives are business students who pay differential tuition, which is $702 a semester per undergraduate and $199 per credit a semester for graduates. The combination of these factors made it the pressing issue that it is.”Under the new adjustments, members of the academic senate will be cut the most.

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