FGLI Students Need Support
The student income contribution poses a barrier for FGLI students at Yale. It hinders our academic and social involvement with the college, since we have to constantly think about our finances. As a first-year student on full financial aid, I am grateful for the financial help I’ve received this year, but the student income contribution makes my future here uncertain. I am confused as to what Yale expects me to pay, since sometimes it sounds like the student income contribution is just an estimate of indirect costs I’ll have, but other times it is implied that this cost is paid directly to Yale. If I have to pay this student income contribution in the future, not only would it be a financial struggle for my family, but also I will have to sacrifice time I could have used to grow academically and to become involved with my community and instead have to find a way to make ends meet. Eliminating the student income contribution would allow FGLI students like me to have a more fulfilling academic career here at Yale, without stressing about what our financial status prevents us from doing.