Equal Pay for Resident Assistants on Financial Aid
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The University of Chicago considers its housing system to be a cornerstone of student life and well-being. Indeed, many students find support systems and close friends in their housing communities, which are predominantly supported and cultivated through RAs. Yet, UChicago's policy towards Resident Assistants (RAs) on financial aid is such that most students on need-based grants pay the same amount when they become RAs, while their peers who are not on financial aid see their family contribution decline by about $15,000. Thus, these students are working for free as a direct result of their family's low income. This policy inherently punishes students from disadvantaged backgrounds, and must be changed. Instead, we call for Resident Assistants to be given a credit applied to their bill for the cost of housing, similar to the way a merit scholarship is applied, thus not affecting need-based grant money. College Housing has already implemented this system for Resident Master's Assistants (RMAs), and it is proven that these students on financial aid see the full benefit of their work. We see no reason why Housing cannot implement this on a larger scale for RAs.
A more detailed description of our grievances can be found in our petition letter (see below).
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