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Texas Universities Now Pay You to Leave!

Great story on the local news here in Houston. It seems that the State legislature passed a law in 1997 that gives a $1,000 check to any senior that graduates in 4 years with NO MORE than 3 credits over the minimum required for a degree. If you do extra work, no $1,000 bonus. (The bonus is designed to prevent kids from becoming professional students and extending their college days well beyond 4 years.)

This year's graduating class is the first eligible for the $1,000 bonus. The University of Houston reported that so far, only one student applied for his money. Perhaps he's a budding early retiree. <grin>

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http://www.khou.com/news/stories/7633.html
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<<Great story on the local news here in Houston. It seems that the State legislature passed a law in 1997 that gives a $1,000 check to any senior that graduates in 4 years with NO MORE than 3 credits over the minimum required for a degree. If you do extra work, no $1,000 bonus. (The bonus is designed to prevent kids from becoming professional students and extending their college days well beyond 4 years.)

This year's graduating class is the first eligible for the $1,000 bonus. The University of Houston reported that so far, only one student applied for his money. Perhaps he's a budding early retiree. <grin>
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Intercst, I think you have told us you graduated with your engineering degree in three years, saving yourself a year of tuition and gaining a year of pay and promotions in the process.


That sounds like a better strategy to early retirement than waiting for the government to hand you a check for $1,000!



Seattle Pioneer
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Seattle Pioneer writes,

<<Great story on the local news here in Houston. It seems that the State legislature passed a law in 1997 that gives a $1,000 check to any senior that graduates in 4 years with NO MORE than 3 credits over the minimum required for a degree. If you do extra work, no $1,000 bonus. (The bonus is designed to prevent kids from becoming professional students and extending their college days well beyond 4 years.)

This year's graduating class is the first eligible for the $1,000 bonus. The University of Houston reported that so far, only one student applied for his money. Perhaps he's a budding early retiree. <grin>
>>


Intercst, I think you have told us you graduated with your engineering degree in three years, saving yourself a year of tuition and gaining a year of pay and promotions in the process.


That sounds like a better strategy to early retirement than waiting for the government to hand you a check for $1,000!


Why not do both?

Many farmers and large corporations get all kinds of subsidies from the gov't and experience no guilt or shame in cashing the checks. I think students should do the same. <grin>

intercst
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"Texas Universities Now Pay You to Leave!

Great story on the local news here in Houston. It seems that the State legislature passed a law in 1997 that gives a $1,000 check to any senior that graduates in 4 years with NO MORE than 3 credits over the minimum required for a degree. If you do extra work, no $1,000 bonus. (The bonus is designed to prevent kids from becoming professional students and extending their college days well beyond 4 years.)

This year's graduating class is the first eligible for the $1,000 bonus. The University of Houston reported that so far, only one student applied for his money. Perhaps he's a budding early retiree. <grin>"

Yeah, they made a big stink about this in the student paper here at UT a couple of months ago because apparently the UT admin isn't informing people of the rule because they feel that a good college experience involves taking more than 3 hrs over the limit. At Texas A&M they really publicized it and a lot of people are going to get it. As for me, I have something like 40 hours over the limit, so I'm out...

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That would have been a great thing for me had they offered it at Arizona State. As it was, I graduated with a double major and only 2 hours over the minimum requirements.

Boy did they give me a hard time when it came time to file for graduation - they actually tried to make me feel bad for carefully planning all of my courses so that I could get through the 2 degrees in 5 years. They had to keep adding it up and rechecking hour totals to make sure that I actually made it. One girl even commented that she had never seen anyone graduate with so few extra hours.
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The bonus is designed to prevent kids from becoming professional students and extending their college days well beyond 4 years.

in other words, it prevents them from becoming engineering professors.....;^)

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That would have been a great thing for me had they offered it at Arizona State. As it was, I graduated with a double major and only 2 hours over the minimum requirements.

Boy did they give me a hard time when it came time to file for graduation - they actually tried to make me feel bad for carefully planning all of my courses so that I could get through the 2 degrees in 5 years. They had to keep adding it up and rechecking hour totals to make sure that I actually made it. One girl even commented that she had never seen anyone graduate with so few extra hours.


Is it just Arizona State? (Where I went -- gee, maybe there is a correlation between school attended and RE.) Or are most schools like that?

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