Got news for you, most federal and state financial aid is need based. Not only that, it considers the income of one's parents whether they are willing to pay for it or not. If one's parents are even in the lower middle class in terms of income, one will not qualify for many grants.
Of course loans will still be available, but need to be paid back meaning that they aren't free. Private scholarships are available, but not as common as many people would like to think, and large number of private scholarships are also need based. If one doesn't excel accademically, fall into some odd special interest group, or participate in some extracurricular activity known for providing scholarships, one is only able to get minimal private scholarships.
Notice I didn't say that the poor had access to continuing eductation that the middle class did not. I only asserted that the poor can go for free while others have to pay.
And I don't think this is a bad thing, however, it does seem to me that I draw the correct conclusion from all of this. Public high school is usually one's last chance to be educated for free.
Hence my advice, make the most of what one can get for free while it's available. To quote Badfinger, If you want it, here it is come and get it, but you better hurry, 'cause it's going fast. . .
I'm not really sure what your point is. It seems to me that you are arguing that poor people, in general, do not go to college and therefore have to pay for it just like people who are well off. While financial considerations may very well keep poor people from going to college (for example even though tuition can get picked up by Uncle Sam, food and rent money still has to come from somewhere), it seems to me that other factors have much more impact on why lower income citizens rarely attend college. The largest factors seem to me to be poor accademic skills (which are mostly cultural, in high school my good grades made me the target of much animosity and ridicule, not only did I blow the curve for everyone else, I was a nerd -- and that was well before I got into computers, I'm rather a late bloomer when it comes to technology) and tradition (I've had friends that wanted to go to college and were talked out of it by their parents -- working in a factory isn't good enough for you?).
But hey, what do I know about poor people? Growing up in a single-parent family that shopped for groceries with food stamps shopped for clothes from the second hand store doesn't teach one anything about the plight of those that can't make ends meet. Financial status aside, I had it quite good compared to a large number of people. My wonderful mom always made sure we had a balanced diet (even if it tasted like crap) and made sure we did our homework. I wouldn't be the person I am today without the constant loving support of my mother no matter how much grief I gave her.
In many ways, my experiences of growing up in the lower class were atypical. In other ways it was very typical. To this day, I feel very uncomfortable in any environment where the majority of people are nicely dressed. When co-workers talk about having their house remodled or their new cars, I have a very hard time relating. For that matter, two and a half years ago I got a raise that I thought was insane (eighteen percent). I still haven't entirely acclimated to having enough money to pay all my bills. That calendar year was the first year, my wife and I ended less in debt than at the beginning of the year.
And for puposes of full disclosure, by the time I graduated from high school, my mother married (?) into the upper-middle class, my last two years of high school were in suburban school districts that were definately not the typical public schools.
Next thing you know you'll be saying the food-stamp poor all
drive around in gold Cadillacs; at which point, for mercy's sake, we'll have to put you to
Please do. If I ever say anything of the sort, please put me out of my misery and delussion as quickly as possible.
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