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Editorial: Deadlines Lessen Time Available to Students To Gather Funds

Facing Fall 2011 both in and out of school may seem like a challenge to many existing and prospective students.
For graduating seniors, May 7 is an end to a memorable four years quickly followed by a slap in the face by the real world as they realize the responsibilities and challenges that face them behind the closed classroom doors.

Other students are extending their connections through internships and networking.
While many people think free labor is not worthwhile, it does help separate one from the herd.

To employers, it says that the person has a good work ethic if he is able to come in on time and fit in with the people. While this may not be the case for incoming or continuing students, there still lie other conflicts ahead.

Continuing and incoming students are faced with more financial woes than their former classmates. With the Pell Grant and Florida Resident Access Grant (FRAG) under debate by politicians, students and parents are faced with the question of how to pay off debt for school loans with tuition inflation.

According to the Yale Daily News, the Pell Grant may drop from $5,550 to the $4,000 next year.

Currently, the University of Tampa offers students various scholarships based on academic excellence or other specialties. Some of these scholarships include the Presidential Scholarship, Dean Scholarship, and Army/Air Force/Navy/ROTC Scholarships.

What the school system doesn’t offer students is time. Deadlines are set in advance, but when it comes to money, sometimes students are not given enough time to gather enough funds.
Kaitlyn Micciche is a prime example of a college-seeking student who is not ready to handle the financial burden for attending college.

Micciche is a senior at Blake High School for the Arts in Tampa.
After being accepted to the University of Tampa, she was faced with the reality of figuring out how to pay school bills.

If the Pell Grant and FRAG are taken away, students like Micciche will have even fewer opportunities to going to college.
Is the move to decrease education grants the right decision for our nation or is it a way to target lower-income families?

Being that the United States is a capitalist nation, it would only seem logical that there are more and more graduating students causing our society to rethink its current economic structure.

The Editorial Board can be reached at editor@theminaretonline.com or you may submit a Letter to the Editor form online at http://www.theminaretonline.com.

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