According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary … the word aid means to give assistance. Financial Aid is funding that is intended to help students pay education-related expenses. Key word here being help. It does not mean to cover fully with no help at all.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is just that, an application for assistance in covering the costs associated with higher education. The tools on-line to help you understand the process of financing your education discuss the importance of preparation and utilization of all resources in addition to applying for federal aid. Students here in America must stop assuming that a college education is free and they do not need to work for it or save up for it or make any effort to participate in the funding.
Around Christmastime I met a man from Senegal who discussed how much he valued our way of handling higher education. He stated that because education was free in his country the students didn’t take it seriously and took advantage of their situation. Many would start random protests over very trivial things and cause mass destruction of the buses or buildings with little thought of the consequences. For them, it wasn’t their money so they didn’t care what happened … someone else would have to pay for it. They do not understand what it means to have to work for something (his words not mine).
As much as I believe there should be more programs through employers to encourage saving for your child’s education, I believe that having the student work hard to obtain an education causes one to be more cognizant of the outcomes. There is no free lunch people … this is a hard lesson for many to learn. But I believe that hard work results in a better work ethic and those that aren’t handed things in life tend to fair better in the long run.
That’s all … hope you’re having a great week! 🙂