Miriam McManus 
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Re: “Protesters urge college-student walkout on Wednesday

Yeah this one "laughable child" of the 99% is 22, has worked since she was 16 and currently holds 4 part-time jobs just to make ends meet. And that's when she's not up until 3am, studying, trying to improve her 3.8 GPA so she can qualify for some resemblance of decent financial aid as a graduate student next fall. Her sum of financial aid this year is $7500 in loans, which barely covers books and she received no grants, no scholarships, NOTHING. Her family is not rich, and nowhere near close to it. In fact, they earned less last year than they did the year prior. You would think this would qualify her for more financial aid, but it didn't because of a poorly structured means to determining who deserves financial aid. She does not have an iPhone, sure as hell doesn't shop at Abercrombie, mommy and daddy don't pay for anything (no, not even her education) and despite all of her hard work over the past 6 years, she still does not receive anything in return but commendations from her professors. It would be great if someone out there thought that a low income, a high GPA, maintaining a job for so long and wonderful work and professor references were enough to grant her a little something extra to help reduce the cost of a better future. But it doesn't. And my solution? Establish more demanding requirements for admission to universities, public and private. It would weed out the students who aren't serious about their education and who waste the money that I value so dearly. Additionally, I would require that students maintain a certain GPA through all semesters, with the consequence of being expelled if they obviously weren't dedicated to their futures. Or something along those lines. It's not fair to anyone that a C, D or F-average student receives a free education when those of us who want to be there have to pay.

Posted by Miriam McManus on 10/12/2011 at 12:22 PM

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