Financial aid not so helpful


I just got off the phone with one of my family members, and he had a very frustrating story to tell me. It’s almost time for the dreaded college mid-terms. Even though that may seem like the depressing part of the story, it’s now. What actually got me a little off-kilter was what he told me after venting about spending countless hours in the library, which is that he has not yet received his financial aid.

He is almost halfway through his semester and the leftover money from scholarships and grants is “in transit.” That might sound somewhat calming, except for the fact that the funds have maintained that same status for weeks now. If my cousin didn’t have a great support system, or if he was all on his own, how would he support himself? Is there another meaning behind financial aid these days?

The sad thing is that this really happens to a large population of students. Their checks don’t come in time, and as a result they are forced to drop their classes because they can’t afford the gas for traveling to and from school, and some lack the necessary money to pay rent. Those students would have their money, however the college’s expediting system is a little slow. Too bad, so sad.

Has this ever happened to you? If so, what was the outcome?

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