What we do need is to get kids back in school. It sounds like that’s what President Obama and Education Secretary Duncan want too. There isn’t a perfect solution but at least efforts are being made in the right direction.
You know me, I’m all about kids (and grown folks) going to college…and staying there until they graduate. If it were up to me, everyone who wanted to go, could for free. But the reality is, that’s not possible. So in the words of Duncan, we have to find the “sweet spot.”
Kids need to go college. College costs a whole lot of money.
And here’s the not so sweet part: Parents have to start earlier at putting something away toward their children’s education. You can’t do it if you’re not working, if you’re ill, or even if you’re not making enough money. But more can than do. I’m just saying that if the well dries up completely, nobody wins.
“Tom, black women are working student lending. Parents @ HBCUs don’t plan. We need to stress the importance of education before enrollment time. At preschool.”
HBCUs have to step up their games too.
“Financial Aid offices at these HBCU’s should have offered these solutions well before these students lost their aid. This 800 # just didn’t appear today.”
This morning we got hundreds and hundreds of texts asking for the student loan information and I hope by communicating their message to our audience, the administration will see how important it is for them to stay in touch with us on a regular basis.
When decisions are made that make such a huge impact on people’s lives, they can’t be glossed over.
Here’s a text that says it a lot better then I can:
“Good morning! I am one of those parents who applied for the parent plus loan, got denied and got approved for a $32,000 car loan!!! Something is definitely wrong with that…not investing in our kids future. Who will become our doctors, lawyers and teachers? This hurts all of us if we look at the BIG picture.”
She just took us all to school.
Here’s the number and website for you to try and get money if you’ve lost your Parent PLUS loan: 1-800-557-7394 or go to www.studentaid.gov.