Not everyone is lucky enough to be able to afford to continue his or her education into the college level. Financial aid helps those in need to continue their education, however, financial aid does not help everyone. One important group of people left out of receiving financial aid are those under the age of 25, unmarried, with no children, and completely independent of their parent's income. Because of how the system works, these people must present their parent's income on the FAFSA to see if they qualify for any financial aid.
Even if proof can be supplied to prove independence from one's parents it makes no difference to the financial aid officials. Tax forms, checking account statements, rent receipts, utility bills, and pay stubs could all be reviewed to verify a student's independence. This would be more work for the financial aid offices but wouldn't it be worth the extra effort to help those in need get an education? This would eventually benefit all of society by creating a workforce with more skills and better productivity.
Nearly three million students start their college careers every year, however, only 46% actually graduate from college. The number one reason why students drop out of college is lack of money to pay college costs.
If this special group of people were granted their due amount of financial aid, they could spend more time on important tasks rather than working 40 plus hours a week at a low wage job to try and pay their bills along with paying full tuition. Tasks like studying, community service, and school programs would take precedence over a full-time job. Better studying habits coupled with plenty of rest will help the student excel in school and retain more information. How do we expect students to do...