Hidden costs of education offset by student action

Some college costs aren’t as clearly defined as tuition and room and board — books, for example. Depending on the type of courses students take, costs can vary widely for required reading and academic materials. Last year, the Scripps Associated Students (SAS) found that some students were selecting classes based on the cost of required books. Not a good thing, SAS members concluded, and took action.

This past September, SAS, led by senior Fatima Elkabti, voted unanimously to establish a SAS Book Fund Endowment through a donation of $40,000 to the College. The endowment was established with funds remaining in the SAS activities account at the end of last year and from individual donations.

According to the fund’s Statement of Purpose, the endowment will allocate funds to students based on their demonstrated financial need for the purchase of books and other required reading and academic materials for classes.

The office of the associate dean of students will oversee the maintenance and distribution of the endowment, allocating funds to those students who have the direst financial need as expressed through their financial aid paperwork, as well as through an application that enables them to express more personal financial circumstances.

Applications will be accepted by the office of the associate dean of students at the beginning of each semester, and 50% of the interest earned from the endowment will be allocated per semester. Students of all class standings are eligible to apply, as well as both financial aid and non-financial aid students.

Contributions to the fund are most welcome and greatly appreciated, said Elkabti. They should be directed to the dean of students office.