College Access Denied in 2005

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An impending crisis is looming in 2005, if the government changes its finncial aid policy. An estimated 90,000 students could be eliminated from the receiving the financial support required to attend college.

Looming in 2005, if the government alters its financial aid policy regarding Pell grants. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer an estimated 90, 000 students could be eliminated from receiving the financial support necessary to attend college. The government claims that cutting these students will make room for low income students to receive more money in the future. Who will the policy change impact? Both middle class and low income students will suffer most when the financial aid policy is changed. Currently, students are suffering from a large gap in the amount of money they need to pay their final college bill. The students and parents who are already apprehensive about the cost of college will see an average outstanding bill of $5,000 - $15, 000. To compound this matter colleges are offering more scholarships to students based on merit rather than unmet need. It could mean that in years to come middle and low income students will be denied an undergraduate education.

The United States Department of Education has reported that the number of students eligible to attend college will rise into the year 2020. What will the country do if it cannot educate its workforce? Year after year the United States is not ranked in the top ten in the world with regard to math and science. If this trend continues, we will witness a decline in worker productivity and competitiveness.

I say it is time to take another course. Let’s not get on the Titantic and assume that we have the best education system in the world and that an education crisis will not happen. We must understand that moving chairs around on the Titantic doesn’t change the fact that we are going down. We are approaching a time when only the wealthy will be able to afford a college education. Every citizen should have a college education as an option. I say contact your local senator or congressperson and let them know about the impending changes in financial aid during 2005. Share your stories about personal difficulties you experience when paying a college bill. The $4050 students receive in no way covers the cost of college and more students are taking out loans and working 30 hours to pay their college related bills. A student’s health is compromised when they are under this sort of pressure.

I believe in solutions and that is why I am suggesting that parents and students take preventative steps before the adverse financial aid policies are implemented. Apply for college scholarships early. Begin to gather information about scholarships during the ninth grade. Here are a few things you can do to obtain scholarships. Send a letter to your local rotary club, college fraternity or sorority requesting information about their scholarship. Visit your local legislator’s office to inquire about new scholarships offered by your state or federal government offices. You can go onto the internet and conduct a search for scholarships. Some of the topics you should search on the internet include free money, scholarships, college financial aid, money for college, free scholarship, government grants of scholarships.

Dr. Stephen Jones is a nationally recognized author of a book titled Seven Secrets of How to Study . He is completing a book titled Seven Secrets of How to Find 90 Billion Dollars in Scholarships. If you would like to be notified when the book is available send an e-mail to or call 800-533-6032.

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