by Krystal Paco
Guam - University of Guam president Dr. Robert Underwood along with UOG financial aid director Mark Duarte testified in favor of Bill 509, which aims to simplify the means in which students apply for financial aid as many are "cumbersome and bureaucratic, requiring separate application forms with different application due dates and eligibility requirements."
Underwood stated that the proposed legislation would give potential UOG students a clearer picture of how much in financial aid, both federal and local, they would be eligible for.
Duarte added that by simplifying the process and getting more students to use financial aid, they could leverage the funds and the required service requirements translating into more students staying on island post-graduation.
Studies show that for every three students who attend college off-island, only one comes back to Guam for work.