The Tech - Online EditionMIT's oldest and largest
newspaper & the first
newspaper published
on the web
Boston Weather: 55.0°F | Fog/Mist

Alerting students on new budget proposals

To the Editor:

I am writing this letter in hopes that I might alert my fellow college students and the public at large to the budget proposals concerning federal student aid funds, I realize that these may not affect everyone who is reading this, but it will affect about half of all college students and their families.

The president has proposed a flat limit of $4000 on federal tuition aid to any one person for 1986. This may sound like a lot, but considering that college can cost upwards of $15,000 per year, it is a mere drop in the bucket for some. Also proposed are income ceilings for eligibility which would prevent many current recipients from obtaining grants and Guaranteed Student Loans. It will be argued, though, that not everyone has the right to go to Harvard or Yale (which both provide excellent financial aid of their own) or any one of the more prestigious universities in this country. This is true for academic merit, but why should someone be deprived of attending the school he will be happiest in or that will best suit him, or for that matter any college at all, because of financial poverty? Just<>

[el-36l]

because a person cannot afford a particular college does not mean that he would not become a valuable part of that college's student body or of society.

One of the great aspects of this country is the fact that everyone has the opportunity to attend college whether rich or poor, assuming that they graduate from high school in good standing. If college, or certain colleges, were limited to only the wealthy and comfortable, some of those who can afford it now, would not have been so able as a result of their lack of education.

In the past few years Congress has not accepted the first proposals for student aid cuts, but to ensure that everyone retains the right to attend college, I would suggest that everyone who reads this letter, and holds the same views, cut it out and mail it, or a letter of their own, to President Reagan or their respective Congressman. It may not provide any radical changes in the opinions of our leaders, but it will surely alert them to the fact that there are people who are concerned and disagree.

David L. Peter->

Washington & Lee University->

Lexington, VA->