A college career is the next step a student usually takes after concluding with high school in order to pursue a career of their interest and preference to further their knowledge and education.

College usually comes along with the mental, emotional, and physical struggles for many due to the fact that one becomes an adult and has to figure out what he/she is going to do about their life and many times one doesn’t really know.

How am I supposed to afford college if my family can’t pay it for me? Should I just enroll in the military? These are just some of the many questions a student asks himself/herself through this period of time.

Well, due to a great federal system that helps students follow their dreams, these can be eligible for Financial Aid to cover their education expenses.

FAFSA is a form that students apply for every year in the United States in order to receive financial aid based on eligibility and financial status.

The student’s eligibility could determine if the student can only receive a fee waiver which pays for the classes only or the full amount which helps students with actual money besides the fee waiver to pay for school supplies such as books, rent, transportation, and other expenses.

Cerritos College animal science major Jaelene Rodriguez, is one of the many students on campus that only receives the fee waiver to pay for her classes. “I know other students get money for their books too, they get more, so they have it better and it definitely helps,” she said.

The student also says that FAFSA has a negative side since for her case, only receiving the fee waiver means that she has to pay for her books and supplies with her own money “Some of them are pretty high, for used textbooks is like $90 and for brand new ones is even more.”

Rayce Williams, communications major also agrees that the aid that students receive is very beneficial since it helps him out with plenty of expenses such as grocery shopping or paying bills at home. He also agreed that he sometimes uses his FAFSA money to go out shopping or on things that are not school related, such as tattoos.

He also said that FAFSA has negative sides that could drawback students.

“How slow it is before we students get it, how the way the disbursement system is, it needs to be faster,” Williams stated.

There is also the other side, students who are not eligible to receive aid and have to pay their college expenses with their own money, for example Paola Buenrostro education major who believes that it benefits students a lot and it works as a way of motivation “I know that if a student passes all their classes they receive it.”


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