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Federal scholarships should stay in place

Oct. 14, 2005


The U.S. government is acting like the anti-Robin Hood.

Congress is doing budget reconciliation next month and is prepared to slash as much as $14 billion in financial aid programs to ease the national budget deficit.

With the Gulf Coast recovering from major hurricane damage, the government is straining to reorganize an already-thin budget. But students should not be the ones to carry this burden.

Ben Hemeniuk | Lariat staff
The proposed system, with its emphasis on competition among lenders, will hit low-income families the hardest.

Students coming from lower socioeconomic backgrounds will most likely receive loans at the highest possible rates. These students don't need another financial roadblock in their paths. If high student loan fees put loans out of reach for low-income families, students will be forced to wait another generation to go to college.

With rising tuition costs, even average middle-class families might not be able to send their children to college without financial assistance. If this bill passes, the financial burden for providing financial aid assistance will be shifted to universities.

The bill makes dangerous suggestions for both middle-class and low-income families, as well as university systems.

Maybe funding could come from nonpertinent research or projects. There are a lot of places in the budget that it could be coming from. College students and their families aren't one of them.

CLL e-mail a step forward

In response to the Lariat's editorial Wednesday, which said students should be able to receive newspaper subscriptions in on-campus housing, Campus Living and Learning sent an e-mail to find out how many wanted subscriptions in dorms.

The e-mail said the editorial "expressed concern that on-campus residents were being denied newspaper delivery to hall front desks," and linked to a poll that asked students how important newspaper deliver is to them.

By sending the e-mail, CLL is showing a genuine commitment to serving students. It's commendable that they're using a poll to get students' opinions and reconsidering newspaper delivery.