Yale Misses Out
I’m on a significant amount of financial aid and I also have a grant. My grant doesn’t cover my work requirement after this term. I’ll have a lot less money to cover expenses in the next few years, especially if I choose to study abroad this summer instead of working. Next year I’ll have to work a lot to pay for school as well for school supplies and other things. My family doesn’t send me much money so I’m responsible for all my expenses. Financial stability is difficult when you’re responsible for all your expenses while also being a full time student and participating in extracurriculars. It is a distraction from my other activities and school since I don’t have a backup option if I’m not able to work. It’s unfair that only some people must do this. It takes a toll if you’re working you’re not studying and grades can suffer. You aren’t able to meet as many people or do as many activities so you miss out on opportunities and meeting new people. I worked between 10-15 hours some weeks as a first semester freshmen on top of being in the Directed Studies program, which added to my stress, and anxiety. If I had to work more I wouldn’t be able to be part of FCC or A Leg Even, which are my two most meaningful commitments. Students are entitled to know why Yale financial aid policies aren’t meeting the progress of schools like Stanford. These policies cause Yale to miss out on students who can’t afford the school. Yale can definitely do better because Yale stands for the drive to excellence, which the work requirement harms.