Spring has sprung! It is again time for students nationwide to dash to and fro campuses contrasting scholarship packages, work-study programs, P/T employment opportunities, high interest loans; yet, simultaneously having to suppress the recurring thought (logic)¹ where is all the money going to come from. Likewise, parents share the excited anticipation of new adventures and a year’s worth of maturity occuring in six month’s; however, a foreboding that their progeny is mortgaging the future for a rolled up lambskin.
Pell Grant (FASFA), Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitive Grant (ACG), Perkins, Stafford Loans all require parental income even if they are unable to fund education. Despite the fact that thousands of families, including children of enlisted military active or veterans, barely clear the federal poverty line (while pondering this as niece and others are navigating this presently was that of a high jump athlete clearing the poll by a stroke of luck due to gym shorts grazing it rather than pelvic bone!) which automatically disqualifies application.
Whether blue or white collar, gross is counted not net which, in my view, always represented skewed reality. Obscene price gouging has persisted over decades and is unwarranted. This video conveys the disregard large publishing companies have for students dilemna over skyrocketing tuition and residence expense in a humorous way. Parents, resist the guilt trap of shoulda, coulda, woulda. I know it’s difficult. Maintaining a home with income going nowhere near as far as it did just eight years ago; and, as a result, many of us could never put college fund away or had to keep dipping into it. Student, utilize both logic and market math (economics) classes to resist the urge to overpay for a shiny, overpriced textbook or accept a charge card from the bookstore that were handed out like candy when I attended. 1) Purchase from previous semester students, 2) Trade/barter with classmate or roommate and agree to sell/exchange with each other, 3) Read the comment section – some professors print off the books for students. It really is possible to attend college on a budget as thousands before you.
1 Logic (def): The art of thinking and reasoning justly.