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Reed Apparently Not Aware Of FAFSA

May 6, 2013

To the Readers’ Forum: Congressman Tom Reed recently met with College students and financial aid officers here in my county to talk about the high cost of higher education....

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ironyoozesfromyouryap

May-06-13 12:41 AM

Great to see a letter tackle more substantive underlying issues.

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jamestownresident26

May-06-13 4:47 AM

There are many points I can argue here. Your parents income follows you until you are 24 years old. If your parents make "enough" money according to the Federal government, but do not help you with school, then why does their income count? Why should a student be held hostage to two parents who are not obligated to pay for their education? Why should the parents be obligated to pay for their child's education? Why should anyone be obligated to pay for anyone else's education? I don't care how rich or poor someone is, the American public should not be paying taxes to pay for anyone's college education. You can get student loans, or work your way through school. America used to be founded on the principle of hard work. Now it's a hand out state. College's have become big business, just like pharmacies. They are robbing the American taxpayers just the same.

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50s4ever

May-06-13 5:47 AM

Another pouting Democrat.

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Maddog80

May-06-13 6:04 AM

Higher education is a 9 billion dollar a year BUSINESS. The real questions should go to the universities as to why tuition is so high yet doesn't even include books. A lot of money at colleges and universities goes towards reaserch(no problem with that) but that research is funded by the tuition. I attended an institution that charged 32 k per year and 15 years later that same education will cost a student 55k. I could have gone to another well regarded institution for free but it was too close to home for me. I just paid off my student loans which were essentially another mortgage. Loans are crippling these grads and the jobs are just not there for many of them when they are ready to join the workforce. #1 we need a stronger economy on all fronts, from manufacturing to science and tech. #2 we need to address the skyrocketing cost of higher ed to which this kids are not seeing returns on their investments.

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Brent1

May-06-13 6:55 AM

Travis, what do you think of mr weiner or al sharpton?

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birder

May-06-13 7:50 AM

Simple solution. The federal gov. should not be involved in student loans. Look at Freddie & Fannie. Get out of both.

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mrinbetween

May-06-13 8:26 AM

FAFSA is a joke. I applied for my child. The first three years we didn't qualify. The 4th year we never even heard back from them. It was a big waste of time.

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PleaseWakeUp

May-06-13 10:05 AM

Great Letter and have to agree with inbetween.

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FedUpL8ly

May-06-13 10:38 AM

Look at policies put in place by Democrats in recent years. They passed a GI Bill that rather than give X amount of dollars for college, the Govt. would fully subsidize any tuition to a state college. In essence, they told colleges that they would cover any and all tuition increases. Perfect incentive to keep raising prices. Barack Obama took over student loans from the banks as part of Obamacare. Then to get votes, he announces that loan repayments should never exceed 10% of future income and after 10 years, all loan balances would default to taxpayers. Then he greatly expanded Pell Grants and gave student loans to almost anyone whether they looked like they could or would be able to fulfill their loan obligations. My niece is in pharmacy school in Oregon. The vast majority of the students are from California and the Govt. is giving them $60K a year to go to school. $40K for tuition and $20K to live on. Do you think the tuition would be $40K but for Obama's policies?

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FedUpL8ly

May-06-13 10:50 AM

The author blames the cuts on that "nasty sequestration". Total cuts this year amount to only $44 Billion. Democrat talking points claim that the total $85 Billion in budget cuts would cost 750,000 jobs down the line. Bull! If this were true, that $1 Trillion Stimulus would have created 7 million jobs. How about only giving Pell Grants to peoplle who enroll in science,tech,math or engineering degrees instead of cultural/ethnic studies, public speaking etc. etc. This letter causes me to wonder just what connection the author has to public education, as a matter of full disclosure.

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LindaD

May-06-13 12:06 PM

Maddog80: Don't come looking for sympathy from me.

I chose to go to a state college 40 miles from my home rather than a private college hundreds of miles away for that very reason.

Many students choose to live at home and take their first two years of college at the local community college.

Other students go into the military and finance their college educations with veterans benefits.

Some students work full time jobs and go to college part-time.

By your own admission, you chose to go to a very expensive school because the free one was "too close to home". Who's fault was it, then, that your student loans were "essentially another mortgage"? Nobody put a gun to your head and forced you to go to that expensive school. You chose to do so.

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Maddog80

May-06-13 12:59 PM

Well Linda, I don't believe I was crying to you was I? I was simply relaying a story. I am fortunate enough to have a good job and pay off my loans. I am simply saying there are not enough jobs out there. Settle down.

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Regulator

May-06-13 3:22 PM

The only thing FAFSA ever does is tell you aren't eligible. Agree with previous posters, its a joke.

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SCALLYWAG

May-06-13 6:34 PM

MADD you must be a former gator?

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FedUpL8ly

May-06-13 7:06 PM

My 10:38Am post has gotten 3 disagrees so far. I don't see anyone commenting on what I said was incorrect so I suppose those disagrees came from anyone who disagrees with Obama/Democratic policies and actions. Typical response from partisan sheep.

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FedUpL8ly

May-06-13 7:15 PM

meant to say "I suppose those disagrees came from anyone who reflexively opposes any person who disagrees with and thus criticizes the Obama/Democratic policies and actions".

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FedUpL8ly

May-06-13 7:29 PM

Also causing college costs to increase far faster than inflation is the notion that a college education is mandatory for a person to get a job with a vast majority of companies. If you listen to Obama in his speeches, he advocates that everyone should go to college, nevermind that we already have well over 1 million college graduates working as baristas,waitresses and bartenders. Also nonsensical is the call for vast immigration reform to address skilled worker shortages. Baloney! There are already over 1 million degreed engineers woh don't have an engineering job. The main reason Microsoft,Dell and other companies want foreign workers is because they pay them less. Of course,when you listen to the rare college dean who goes on the public record, a college education is needed for remedial reading and math due to the woeful state of our public education system across much of the country.

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jamestownresident26

May-06-13 10:25 PM

Public education is just fine in the United States, what we have is a problem with at home. Teachers do not have enough time to sway students away from the bad influences at home. My parents taught me to read, not a teacher. My parents taught me basic math, not a teacher. Now all parents do is complain when they have to do anything to help their kids with school. Teachers are the mainstream scapegoats, while the parents should point fingers at themselves.

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FedUpL8ly

May-07-13 5:01 AM

You're living in a bubble if you think public education across this country is doing just fine. We rank almost at the bottom of all western industrialized nations in math and reading.

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carlaw

May-07-13 5:19 AM

" Why should anyone be obligated to pay for anyone else's education? I don't care how rich or poor someone is, the American public should not be paying taxes to pay for anyone's college education?" Bravo Jamestownresident26!! You are just exactly right. Especially those who need remedial assistance or come to major in Pothead 101 then drop out, only to return and repeat the process. No not all, but far too many. We just can't do this any more folks.

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ironyoozesfromyouryap

May-07-13 11:59 AM

"Teachers are the mainstream scapegoats, while the parents should point fingers at themselves."

Indeed. Too bad Gen. X drove the country into the toilet. Arrogance combined with ignorance with a dash of entitlement. When was the last time you heard someone take responsibility for their actions? Always pointing fingers somewhere else.

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ironyoozesfromyouryap

May-07-13 3:19 PM

Fedup didn't even read a full sentence of what jamestownresident posted.

To be fair though, jamestownresident (to add to my last post), most teachers are parents. So the overlap exists. Just like the government is made up of people. Teachers, public education, government etc. aren't the problem. The problem is people.

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50s4ever

May-07-13 5:07 PM

Well, why don't we solve th problem by promoting racism? Give high priority to minority students being selected. (that automatically lowers that white privilege) If they drop out, or only go for degrees in studying social BS and are useless, at this point what does it really matter?

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PhD1960

May-08-13 5:32 AM

Scally, I once wore a "Gator" sweatshirt into Governors Square Mall in Tallahassee (FSU territory). I was accosted in the parking lot by "Bubba", and advised that such action wasn't wise. "A fella could get beat up wearing a shirt like that around here." I asked him if he'd prefer my Penn State shirt, to which he replied, "I reckon we can live with that."

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Maddog80

May-09-13 6:13 AM

Why does race even have to be on an application? Or sex for that matter. It should solely be based on need and academic promise based on things such as grades, school involvement and sat scores.

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