College financial aid for immigrants is unjust

Essay by aprilrainCollege, UndergraduateA+, March 2007

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To be a college student in today's world, one must deal with many things. One of the most important things to deal with is paying for tuition. So how would one go about paying for college in the first place? The most widely used resource to pay for college is through our government financial aid system, which uses a certain percentage of the money that is budgeted from American taxpayers to pay for students to attend college. What is financial aid? Basically financial aid includes grants, scholarships, loans, and employment opportunities to help students pay for the cost of attending a university or community college. Most financial aid resources are based on the student’s documented financial needs, which includes previous tax information, employment history, annual income, and debt status which is determined from the information the student would supply on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Should immigrants be allowed to receive financial aid? A very dear friend of mine, who is a legal Florida resident and an American citizen, did not qualify for financial aid because she made too much money on last year’s W2, working part time making $10.00

an hour. She dose not have any dependants, and unfortunately, her parents do not support her financially, so she is currently working night shifts at a second job in order to save up enough money for her tuition payment. In the mean time, I also know of an immigrant who is unemployed, lives with her brother and two cousins, has three kids, and qualified for financial aid. Is this fair? Some people might wonder exactly how these immigrants are getting away with using American tax dollars to help them pay for their education. The initial process is started when An immigrant applies for an “F-1” visa. Under...