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Do you think government financial aid for students should be based solely on merit?


Asked by BigMomm4 at 9:18 AM on Sep. 23, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • not exactly. financial aid should be applied to those who exhibit a good amount of interest in schooling..especially, those who can not afford it on their own, or it would cause severe hardship on parents(whoever is footing thebill). i don't think aid, in the form of scholarships, should be held back because a person CAN afford schooling, either.
    there's merit, and there's need. both apply.
    obviously, not all who can or can't afford college even want to attend, but do, for whatever reason. i think if they fail and/or show lack of concern for graduating/completing the studies, they should be made to pay back what they were given. monies wasted is monies that someone else will appreciate and use correctly. IMO

    Answer by dullscissors at 9:26 AM on Sep. 23, 2011

  • My son is leaving for college today. He is receiving a sports scholarship (track for state champ in pole vault), a separate scholarship based on academic performance, a Pell grant (as I am a single mom with a lower income because I worked in a poverty area) and a Stafford Loan. All of these required him to have good grades, an acceptable SAT score and to maintain a full time load at school with a C average.... If he gets any grade, in any class below a C he is on academic probabtion and has one term to improve that grade.

    Answer by Nimue930 at 10:41 AM on Sep. 23, 2011

  • of course, this most often never concerns sports-players, especially football/basketball. their sole reason for attending college (a large majority, not all, of course) is the sport, and the bare minimum GPA requirement is placed on them, which sucks a big stinkin' toe!!
    so much money is 'given' to ballers, instead of serious students...just another reason our country (is it just U.S.? idk) is lacking in education..sports means more, it seems.
    don't get me wrong, i love college football..but the money thrown at these players is ridiculous, not to mention sinful (no matter how you slice it).

    Answer by dullscissors at 9:37 AM on Sep. 23, 2011

  • no. merit is very important but need is important too. no point in wasting the money when the student isnt going to be able to succeed in college, but if they dont need the help paying for school money is also wasted.

    Answer by okmanders at 10:50 AM on Sep. 23, 2011

  • With the cost of college, many are in need of help to afford it, even a 2 income family, middle class family.

    Answer by macbudsmom at 11:05 AM on Sep. 23, 2011

  • No. There is plenty of merit based financial aid available without government funding. Federal financial aid should be based on need.

    Answer by UpSheRises at 11:05 AM on Sep. 23, 2011

  • It's going to have to be based on both soon. First need and then merit. Our state cut the budget for financial aid drastically. Even if you have extreme need, there won't be enough aid to go around, so merit is going to have to play a part.

    Answer by Kitkat61277 at 1:32 PM on Sep. 23, 2011

  • I don't think that what you do in high school should necessarily be the end all be all when it comes to federal aide. I graduated high school with a 2.8 GPA, however, there were a lot of factors that went into that. I am now however rocking out Nursing school with a 3.8 GPA. What you do in high school is not always a determination of what you will do in college.

    Answer by mamaclairbear at 1:36 PM on Sep. 23, 2011

  • You mean if you make $2 million a year but your kids get good grades they should still get to go to school for free? No.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 9:20 AM on Sep. 23, 2011

  • Great answer dull!

    Comment by BigMomm4 (original poster) at 9:28 AM on Sep. 23, 2011