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The records, however, show that for some of the beneficiaries the
Board in 1836 was already paying tuition charges, and after this with
the authorization of the Convention the Board regularly paid tuition
charges for those under their patronage until the end of 1859, when in
accord with the order of the Board of Trustees the tuition charge for
all Baptist ministerial students was dropped.15 In 1861 and 1862
"room rent and servants hire and incidental expenses" appear in the
list of charges against beneficiaries. In these years also the "washing"
expenses were paid for two students, $9.50 for one and $7.00 for
another.
The total amount paid per student for the year was at first, in 1834,
$95. Afterwards the college fees were also paid, amounting to about
$57.00 for students in the collegiate department. Board for the year
until after 1850 was eighty dollars, or eight dollars a month. Thus the
total amount paid for the full college student by the Board was about
$137 a year. After 1855 the cost of board advanced a dollar or more a
month and the amount paid for the beneficiary was correspondingly
greater.
In 1846 the Board making definite agreement to pay the tuition of
beneficiaries also adopted a plan to require them each to give notes
for the amount paid for his board, naming the obvious seeming
advantages of such a course. But this plan of the Board was
disallowed by the Convention on a report of a committee, of which
Elder J. McDaniel was chairman, who thought it better "simply
earnestly to request them, after finishing their education, to refund as
much of the amount as had been expended on them, excepting their
tuition, as they may find means to do without subjecting themselves
to too great embarrassment."
Above was given a statement of the qualifications required of
ministerial students who were candidates for patronage of the
Convention. It soon became evident, however, that not all who
successfully passed' an examination on these requirements were
satisfactory as students. Of the distressingly few who applied to the
Board for aid in securing an education, only an occasional student
gave promise of developing into an able minister. Four
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15 Proceedings, pp. 122, 125.
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