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Anonymous asked in Education & ReferenceHigher Education (University +) · 6 months ago

Can poor people really not afford college or are they just lazy?

How can you not afford college these days with all that financial aid and scholarships? Maybe they should start excelling in school.

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  • 6 months ago

    Poor people are often the minority. Try going into a white majority college and see how that works out in the workplace for you.

  • 6 months ago

    "Excelling in school" might be difficult in high school if you have to work at a job evenings and weekends to help support your family. Or take care of all the family cooking and cleaning and laundry (which includes lugging everything to a laundromat; not doing it safely at home) and child care for younger siblings so your mom can work a second minimum wage job so your family can afford a roof over their heads. Or work in your family's restaurant (for free) every day after school and every weekend. There's no time for extra-curricular activities, and no extra money for SAT prep classes or textbook fees for AP classes.

    Then there's the "lost opportunity" cost of not working full-time for four years of college, while you could start earning money right away after high school. While college is an investment for a better future, a lot of people just can't afford the initial cost . It's the "Boots" theory of socioeconomic unfairness.

  • No, it is not laziness that prevents them from pursuing higher education, As someone else said, not all poor people qualify for scholarships, so they resort to taking out students loans which have to be repaid later. Student loans are a liability, not an asset.

  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    Really can’t afford it. Things add up and full ride scholarships including room and board is hard to find.

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  • 6 months ago

    Excuses, excuses. They don't want to work for it. 80% of college students work to help cover school and/or living expenses, in addition to financial aid. Some work full-time to cover all their school + living expenses because they have no hope of help from family. Some don't want it badly enough to work for it, whether in classes or not.

    Some people don't have the intellectual capacity for college. Their talents, interests, abilities lie elsewhere.

  • 6 months ago

    Listen, these benefits come in really little amount, most can't get them. Not because they're lazy, but because they simply can't. Loans are just a fancy name for debt. Are you criticizing people for not wanting debt?

  • 6 months ago

    excelling in school begins with the child's mother at about age 3 days and continues for a lifetime. even then, some children's psychology just doesn't work well with the way school is taught.

    I gather that your mother was pushier than many these days in America. She deserves a big 'thank you'. [Don't forget to pay your extra taxes due to being successful and thank the Dimocrats for that "opportunity" to contribute more to America.]

  • yodi
    Lv 6
    6 months ago

    There was a time in your America when federal and state subsidies to public institutions of higher learning made college affordable to most.

  • 6 months ago

    Most people don't have scholarships and financial aid is not only a limit amount but has to be paid back... So, what, are you spoiled and have never had to deal with real life? Did your parents cheat to get you in?

    • 6 months agoReport

      The question clearly proves they’ve never had the average person problems, so yeah, they’re obviously rich, well their parents are anyway, rich and never worked a day in their lives, mommy and daddy obviously used their contacts

  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    There are loans, scholarships and grants available. If you are too lazy or stupid to get any of these things, college is not the right place for you anyway

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