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Government Aid For College Students

Kelly Said:

Should the government give financial aid for college to non-americans, legal or not?

We Answered:

I believe that the government should only grant government dollars towards the education of those whose parents have put into the system and those who have and will put money into the system. If someone is here illegally, they should be responsible for paying their own way through college. Additionally, I think it should be combined needs based and academically based decision. Why would we want to give government money to someone who can afford to go to college and has mediocre grades when there are others who can barely afford to put food on the table but have stellar intellectual abilities??

Bertha Said:

How do usa college students parents not get caught in financial aid fraud when they show partial income?

We Answered:

careers.scienceontheweb.net - it has detailed info how to apply for financial aid and scholarships to get more cash.

Brittany Said:

What other Aid is available for college students?

We Answered:

Unfortunately, your options are very limited here. I understand what it is like to have parents who claim too much money for you to get enough aid and arent willing to help otherwise.

Stop shopping for loans for housing. That is NOT good debt. I'm sorry but you need to move back in with mom and dad. Thats what I've been doing for a long time now and I don't regret it because its all I can afford without getting into a ridiculous amount of debt. Yea, I know your in your 20's and you want your independance, blah blah blah, but you have to accept that you are not working full time, you can not support yourself and getting yourself into debt just to do so would be a very unwise choice. Wait it out, do what you have to do, make smart choices, you'll get your reward.

Derek Said:

IOU's for California's College Students who receive financial aid?

We Answered:

Claudia:

What you have heard is pretty much dead accurate.

From a SF Chronicle story published yesterday:

"Meanwhile, the University of California has not yet decided whether it will front the money for educational Cal Grants, another program that will get IOUs....

The controller will issue IOUs to the California Student Aid Commission, which administers Cal Grants, the state-funded financial aid that helps about 143,000 students attend college. Grants top out at $7,788 for a state college and $9,708 for a private one...

In the past when state budgets have been late, UC and CSU have advanced the grant money to students, interest-free.

UC spokesman Ricardo Vazquez said the university has not yet decided whether it will do so this year. CSU students "will definitely be covered," said spokeswoman Claudia Keith."

Apparently, you haven't heard from your school because they're not sure how they're going to handle this mess, yet. It's not like it wasn't possible to see this coming, so hopefully the administration at your school has been busily working towards a resolution for quite a while now.

I wish you the best of luck.

John Said:

does fafsa financial aid provide aid for expenses for city college students?

We Answered:

It depends on your college. Schools use the COA (Cost of Attendance) in conjunction with your EFC (Expected Family Contribution) to determine your financial aid.

Your COA is based on tuition/fees, books/supplies, room/board (on or off campus), and personal expenses (some schools may have additional items, but the preceding are the basic ones).

It doesn't matter if you're attending a junior/community college, college, or university - they all use the COA and EFC to determine your financial aid.

Talk to a financial aid officer at your school for more information. Good luck!

Margie Said:

what constitutional authority allows the federal government to provide financial aid for college students.?

We Answered:

I believe it's the Higher Education act that was passed by Lyndon Johnson during his presidency.

I consider it to be one of the most monumental real-world acts passed within the past century. And what I mean by real-world is that there's acts that are made that are good in nature but have many intangible aspects; this act physically made an impact by allowing millions of dollars to be allocated to help build up universities, as well as tens of millions of dollars to be made available to students through low-interest rate school loans. The famous Stafford loans came out of this. An untold number of students from then up until today now have a financial chance to attend colleges and universities, including anyone reading this now who might be going to school on a subsidized loan. Great stuff.

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