College leads to wealth and success in the future
That’s what they tell you
But for my future
All I see, is debt
Accruing, accruing until there’s nothing left
“Oh but there’s scholarships, and grants too”
Yeah for the braniacs, that have aced everything since they came out the womb
And the athletes, who will let universities exploit them in exchange for a degree
And the poor who are used to diversify to a universities need.
But what about the middle child?
The one financial aid always forgets
Like a neglectful mother
The kid who wasn’t so good in sports
The kid who did OK in most of their classes
the kid whose parents make too much money to be in financial need
Well if that’s the case why are we still struggling?
Why is my mom contemplating getting a second job?
Why does my little sister have to stop dancing?
Because we can’t afford the dues
Due to my pursuit of a higher education
Why am I drowning in debt from loans the almighty FASFA has blessed me with?
With not even a chance of a scholarship or work-study
I think maybe we need to take a second look at what we define as “financial need”
Cause $70,000 a year isn’t a lot when you need it for a family of 6
Bills, and a mortgage, and car notes, and insurance,
And a daughter who needs 10,000 a year to keep herself afloat.