Students from The University of Texas-Pan American who cash financial aid checks at Bank of America on University Drive will no longer need to pay a $5 fee.
The fee waiver was implemented recently thanks to a cooperative effort from students, faculty, administrators and bank officials.
"We encourage students to continue to bring around reasonable changes in areas that are not immediately visible to administrators," said James Langabeer, vice president for Business Affairs. "Bank of America should be recognized as being very considerate of our student population."
A petition initiated by UTPA students and supported by various professors was presented to administrators in an effort to help alleviate college expenses. Dr. Samuel Freeman, political science professor, said supporting students in this effort was important because of the extreme limited financial resources available.
"The costs of attending college are constantly going up. With their limited resources, students need every penny of financial aid they receive," he said. "Our students should be commended for taking the initiative. This is proof they can accomplish things and improve conditions if they will involve themselves."
Freeman also credited the University administration and bank representatives for the changes.