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Financial aid - does parental income have a part to play?

Would it be fair if you knew someone who was quite well-off or was on the same league as you are and yet got better financial aid than you could get? That certainly is unfair and outrageous.

Think of the following instances...

* You and a friend apply for the same college. Both of you are of the same category when it comes to class in the society. Your friend gets a fat financial aid and you don't!

* You and a friend apply for the same college. Your friend is more affluent than you are, and gets better financial aid than you did!

* You give more than one reason to get a proper financial aid from the college and you know the others might not have necessarily given all those data that you have, yet everyone else seems to have got more than you have!

* You have no other option but to relay on the financial aid from the college and you know of people who despite having financial support outside the college are also out there reducing your chances to get the aid. And they get it!

* You are not influential at all and you have all the proof required to say that you rightfully need that financial aid, yet the one who had it all, gets it all!

* You have given all necessary documents that include parental income details to make the requirement look stronger and you hear of someone who did not do any of it and in the end got better financial aid than you did in the same college at the same time!

Financial aid - does parental income have a part?

If you imagined it well by now you will be a little frustrated. Nobody likes to be on the receiving end, unless what we are receiving is something outstanding. How can this "financial aid" part of the college be fair? There can be only one way to it; getting relevant details of parental income. After all, the family status depends on how much the bread-earner earns. And being a student, it would certainly mean that your parents are the ones earning bread for the family. So it leads to stating that the requirement of college funding for you depends on how much your parents earn. If its less the college must come for your aid.

There are many talented children from poor families who have had their financial aids snatched out because they were unable to apply for the college scholarships in time for various reasons; while the others were able to even when they could afford for the education even without any aid. This mostly happens because kids who are well-off were able to approach consultancies wherein they got to know proper channel for applications and the relevant details, while the poorer students could not afford to approach a counseling guide and were trying to find out all the information by themselves and were late in this regard.

If the parental income is strictly considered then the colleges could be fair and just. Those who don't need it, those who can still survive without it and those who require it can be sorted out.

All that funding on students who were clever enough to get the aid but can afford the education without help, can be avoided. Those students who genuinely have no way to go will be able to get the aid. When colleges begin see this truth there will be justice. " Financial aid" would then get its true meaning!

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