Each year, Becky Ramirez's student loans grow. Even though her tuition payments steadily increase, Ramirez's financial aid has remained stagnant since she was accepted to TCU. She hasn't always been certain that she could stay."I've almost left a few times," she said.
Ramirez, a senior biology major, said TCU's cost, which has increased by almost $12,000 since 2000, and will go up by $1,700 for the 2006-2007 academic year, is what keeps some applicants from deciding to choose TCU.
Money is just one piece of the puzzle.
A diverse campus
TCU is limited in terms of how much money it may award students, Scott said.He said he must look at socioeconomic status and whether the student is from Texas or another state - not just if the student is a minority.
Scott said that cost is generally a top priority when choosing a school.
The office of scholarships and financial aid is trying to let prospective students know of their possibility to afford TCU before they apply, he said.
Where there's thunder, there's lightning.And for residents in Bluebonnet Hills, a neighborhood located near TCU, the rumblings began almost two years ago.
It started with groups of as many as five people - or sometimes even more - living together in rental homes. Then residents began noticing parking congestion on their streets. Soon after, it was parties and alcohol consumption that caused some residents to consider moving, said Jim Johnson, Bluebonnet Hills Neighborhood Association president.
The storm may have spread across Fort Worth.
Residents in the University Place neighborhood talk and visit on the sidewalks in front of their homes. During the warmer months, they organize block parties and barbecues. Parents sit on their front porches in the evenings and watch their children play outside. And since the 1920s and 30s, when most of the homes were built, it's been this way."No one has done anything yet," Susan Smith, a University Place resident, said.