Texas System Sorry but Won't Help Students From Nepal

System statement says policies will be changed to prevent a repeat of this year's revoking of scholarships. But it says it can't provide funds to help those who lost grants.

May 14, 2018
 

Ever since news broke last month that the University of Texas at Tyler had revoked about 50 full scholarships offered to students from Nepal, many in the admissions world have been outraged. Many have asked why the University of Texas System couldn't step in and provide the funds that UT Tyler said it lacked.

Until Friday, the system declined to comment on the situation. But on Friday it released a statement -- in which it said it was sorry about what had happened, that it wouldn't happen again and that the system couldn't provide the scholarships.

Here is the full statement: "The UT System Administration has been continuously and fully briefed by UT Tyler and is assured by President Michael Tidwell that significant changes to admissions and operational processes have been remedied to ensure this situation never occurs again. While that is not much consolation to the international students who put their full faith in us, UT Tyler continues to do everything in its power to help as many of them as possible, including offering partial scholarships and discounted tuition rates. Because the UT System is an administrative organization we do not have instructional funds for scholarships. We are all deeply sorry for the anguish and hardship this situation has placed on students, and we are profoundly grateful to other universities that have stepped in to offer scholarship support to those who could not otherwise attend UT Tyler without more financial support."

The Texas Tribune noted that it would cost $1.7 million a year for UT Tyler to fulfill its promise to the students from Nepal. The annual budget of the UT system and its campuses is $18.3 billion.

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