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Wan's Suggestions Unreasonable

I must say that I strongly disagree with Elaine Wan's comments on the financial aid system ["MIT Financial Aid Policy Unjust," August 5].

Compared to my family, Wan's can only be regarded as more fortunate. My own has two parents working full time at around $40,000 per year for the family coffer, in support of four offspring, of which I am the oldest. Because of the spacing of births, my family will be paying college tuitions non-stop for the next eleven years, including 1997-1998. And my brothers and sister, the first of which is due to start at Johns Hopkins University in the fall, will create the spectacle of having two college bills in the family for six years, not all consecutive.

The only reasonable solution to the financial aid problem faced by many of the elite United States college students is to create a loan whose repayment does not start until four years after the completion of a degree. Scholarships at MIT exist only with the purpose of helping the financially needy. It is completely just for MIT to shift financial aid grants from people with scholarships to other, more needy students. Any family that cares about the education of its children should be willing to part with every available cent in support of that goal. And financial aid grants should not be granted to any family with money to spare.

We are not Harvard, nor are we Stanford. If Wan has problems with the egalitarian policies of MIT, maybe she should consider transfering to a college with policies more to her liking.

Chienta J. Wu '01