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Overlooking the most deserving students

November 30, 2012
Daily Press


With the fall semester nearly over, college students everywhere are looking for ways to finance the second half of the year. Many will look to their financial aid packages, and it is sure that those receiving aid are also looking forward to their overage checks. Any money not used of their financial aid is sent out in the form of checks or deposited directly into students' bank accounts. They can then use the money for anything they desire. The problem, though, is that there is a group of students being ignored when financial aid is being awarded.

The students who have been academically successful but have parents that are both still together and make a comfortable income are overlooked by the government. There are hundreds of students who have worked countless hours to do well in high school or college and could use the money, but simply won't qualify for it. Meanwhile, although some students are truly deserving of the aid, money is being awarded in the form of grants to students who slacked off in high school, breeze through the academic world, and choose not to work because they will be receiving a check. The financial aid system is being taken advantage of, in my opinion. I have heard the following phrase countless time this semester: "I'm only taking a few classes so I can get my overage check."

In the most respectful way possible, I take offense to this statement. The reason is simple: I would appreciate a grant to help pay for my education, and I can't even get that. Coming from a family of seven, I truly know the value of a dollar. The expenses are endless, and although my parents are still married and produce a comfortable income, they use almost every cent of their income to support the family and two college students. This is true about many middle class families who make an income above the need requirement, yet still struggle to make ends meet. The cost of living is increasing every year.

Secondly, I succeeded in high school with a 3.9 GPA and was an active member of many groups. I was simply ignored by the government system when applying for my FAFSFA, and was told I did not qualify even though I was one of two college students in my family. While my fellow students are receiving overage checks for hundreds of dollars, I must work for every cent that flows into my bank account.

This may sound like an angry tirade, but it is truly a statement of governmental unjust. I speak for all of the middle class students who do not live with divorced or impoverished parents, but are not wealthy enough not to need any aid. The system for granting financial aid rewards must be analyzed and reconstructed.

Before being granted financial aid, the government should consider more factors on a personal basis: high school or current grades, community involvement, current employment, and number of students in college per family.

By reforming this system, we could award more grants and aid to students who are truly deserving of the money, will use it towards educational purposes, and will appreciate the true value of their free government dollar.

Kathryn Ann Capodilupo




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