On campus beat: Grant cuts leave students hanging

  • Article by: Jenna Ross , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 4, 2012 - 5:50 PM
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dlfriesenJul. 4, 12 6:43 PM

Don't worry Mama ... I'm sure your two kids will pick-up right where you left off. I was "granted" a total of 5.0% of my total college education. And no ... my parents were not 1%ers. I tried a novel approach ... I worked my way through school. And guess what ... everything turned out just fine. The greatest benefit of "doing it yourself" is that you will gain a tremendous advantage in life over those who become dependent upon the government. It may look dismal today ... but if you respond positively ... you will be the winner in the end.

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mnmaggiemnJul. 4, 12 9:02 PM

I hear what you are saying DLFRIESEN but it would have been nice to plan accordingly. Especially single moms or dads. I am back expanding my degree and it looks as though this will effect me. However, you cant let something like this stop you either.

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ksimmons12Jul. 4, 12 9:22 PM

why is this a story? She has received grants, which are free money for her, for three years now. She has to pay for her last year? That's a great deal!

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hobie2Jul. 4, 12 9:40 PM

The college funding bill was a compromise with the GOP just to get it passed - and so it was not done for students, it was done for "the taxpayers" and the financial industries -- and the phase-in was deleted... Why would they? Because what does a student do who is one year away and having the last year's grant cut? Why, you go to... the banks for private loans - financial indentured servitude disguised as better jobs means is so good for our country and our society... When one of these bills comes out, always look to who benefits from the new rules.... Note also that the US' competitor countries who have higher productivity and much better standards of living - most who are beating us on world sales and have greater percentages of higher educated - don't even have higher education tuition.

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jjsbrwJul. 4, 12 9:41 PM

While I feel for the woman in the story, we live in a country that now believes that higher education should be a private and individual investment, not a public one.

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tooty123Jul. 4, 1211:09 PM

dlfriesen---What years did you work your way through college? It's great to "pull yourself up by your bootstraps" but times and situations are not the same. If you are lucky enough to find a part-time job with minimum wages, you still can't even pay one-eighth of the tuition. Maybe if you live and eat at home.

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tooty123Jul. 4, 1211:14 PM

we live in a country that now believes that higher education should be a private and individual investment, not a public one.---I we will even closer to private education for the haves and no public one for the have nots. It isn't necessarily in the Constitution but it is a right (which the US signed along with many other countries)in the Declaration of Human Rights.

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mblaineJul. 5, 12 1:53 AM

Our government spends trillions of dollars on foreign misadventures in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere, but can't spend a little bit for needy students to finish college. I am disgusted. "Happy" 4th of July to us all . . .

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mblaineJul. 5, 12 1:54 AM

I see that the change disproportionately hurts African Americans. No wonder the GOP pushed for it.

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kaesewJul. 5, 12 9:09 AM

It's about time a limit was put on these professional students. 9 years is way too long and 6 seems too long too. So many people use school as a profession and will do so until the well is dry. I know of so many young people that wait for their student aid to come in and then spend it on such important things as tatoos , parties,cars etc. I have a college student that receives no aid and guess what? he is graduating in 4 years with a double major. We are enabling so many to use school as a way of life. Maybe this will push them into working harder to complete a degree in a timely manner.

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