Before I got to Yale, I decided that I wanted to do research. I was determined to find a linguistics professor willing to take on an undergraduate research assistant and pursue new developments in a field that interests me. Instead, thanks to the student income contribution, I now spend numerous hours every week that I need to push through all my schoolwork sitting in an office, fixing computers. My naïveté led me to believe that I’d have the opportunity to constructively spend my time engaging with and pursuing my passion, but instead I scrabble for free hours trying to balance what little commitments I can take on with my schoolwork and my job. Why is it that most of the students I know who are deeply engaged in student groups wealthy? Why are most of those people white? The student income contribution and the cost in time it levies on me and everyone else burdened by it doesn’t help low-income students ‘find a stake in our education’ – it just locks us out of the world that better off students live in.