If it does not it will cause fewer students to be able to attend college at a time when having an education is crucial for survival.
Not allowing students enough money to afford college fees and personal expenses is a detriment to their health and well-being.
It leaves less time for academics; due to worry on where their next meal will come from and how many extra hours they need to work to afford gas and other expenses.
According to the US inflation calculator, inflation in 2012 increased by 1.7 percent, and already in 2013 inflation increased by 1.5 percent.
Financial aid awards have not yet been changed by the Federal Government to reflect the 2013 change in tuition costs.
Financial aid Associate Director, Beverly Green said, “The government did respond when we went into a recession in 2007. [The change] has to be catastrophic [for them to adjust their support].”
According to the student financial services web site, an undergraduate student taking 6.1 units plus, their cost of attendance is $2,157 in 2011.
The cost changed to $2,189 in the fall quarter of 2012.
That is a difference of $32, but for a student who also has other expenses that can reflect the difference of possessing all your books for class or missing one or two.
The cost of everyday necessities has also increased in August of 2011 the price of a 12- pack of water was $2.63, and by September 2013 it increased a nickel.
A five cent difference may not seem like a lot, but water is not the only thing to increase and with each item the total just gets higher.
As a student who is graduating in June, I am feeling the pressure of graduation costs looming after my loan award has run dry.
With the need to use outside money to help pay for the cost, my lifestyle has certainly been affected in a negative way.
Most graduates face these challenges.
Current freshman are already anticipating how their future will be effected as well.
Elizabeth Arciga said, “If you’re going to raise the price you might as well give me more money for school. I’m a freshman, so I haven’t really seen the difference yet.”
Some students have been denied financial aid, because they are not entitled to any more.
Student Jessica Hoffman is in that situation.
She said, “I can be here, but attending classes can be difficult [because of financial lack], after life [happened] I decided to come back […] I’ve been in school for too long, but they lied to me.”
She claims the financial aid department told her, that by starting classes at a University her financial aid awards would replenish. Even though she had reached her award limit at her community college.
Ultimately the waiting and game of catch up, by the federal government, must end and students must become a priority.