Cutler this is blatant satire, why so serious?
What muloow said was accurate about the ELA's regulations. The only reason the LIFE/Fellow's scholars still receive their check even if their tuition is covered is because they have earned their scholarship via academic excellence (based not only on standardized tests but also educational achievement in high school).
Providing an underprivileged person with a reduced tuition for a 2 year school is great, but that's the Pell grant's function as well, when there is an overlap the ELA money can go to someone who is not receiving a Pell grant and still has tuition costs.
While I feel for those like Robert, who are in need of further assistance, I can't say that I'm for them receiving extra funding past tuition coverage, as I was a Palmetto Fellow's Scholar and scholarships from my undergraduate college of choice yet I still had to take out 24k in student loans in order to cover my course/living/misc costs through college.
I do think a separate scholarship (perhaps sourced from ELA funds) could be a great idea and should be provided to students who are learning a trade, especially one that the state is short of workers for. However, for something like graphic design, sorry but you'll have to go into debt just like the rest of the students across our nation.
What really needs to be addressed is the interest rate on student loans. When I can watch someone buy a new car or house for less than half the interest that I'm paying on my student loans, someone's priorities are wrong.
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