Should Governmental Financial Aid Be Merit Based?

2081 Words Feb 25th, 2018 8 Pages
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, around 20 million people enroll in college each year. More than 90 percent of these people wouldn’t be able to afford this journey if it weren’t for financial aid received. While it is true that some financial aid comes from scholarships based on merit, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, most government aid is based on financial need. The number of people enrolling in college is so high that those that have worked hard to get to college, but are above a certain income, don’t get a dime. Meanwhile those who skated through high school by the skin of their teeth, and happen to fall under the predetermined income levels, are able to reap the benefits of an unbalanced financial aid system.
How fair is it that the mediocre student gets to be rewarded with a virtually free education and a degree, when he or she may flunk out before that day comes? How fair is it that the student who deserves to be in school because of his/her high merit, is forced to drop out after only a short period of time because the financial burden becomes too much to bear? Governmental financial aid should be based on merit instead of financial need because there isn’t enough money to just give it away to undeserving students. It is also unfair to give students the same financial support, regardless of their performance. A merit based system will to…
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