An Open Letter To The Secretary Of Education
"Dear Mr. Arne Duncan, To my displeasure I was told that my 'EFC rate' was too high to receive enough federal funds to pay for college ... At this point, I write this open letter with a $6,900 bill that I cannot pay hanging over my head," Robert Hoggard, a student at American Baptist College, writes in The Huffington Post. "As one who is anticipating to graduate in May, I cannot apply to graduate school because my transcripts are on hold and I cannot graduate if I don't pay my school over $12,000 by May. I stand for myself and others to say that something must be done in your power to solve this. I'm sure many others are tired of hearing great presentations about the ills of education. It's time for policies to be in effect that will solve the ills. When will we move from profound speeches to powerful policies? Shockingly, 128,000 students from our nation's HBCUs have been declined Parent PLUS loans. As of Aug. 9, 300 students from Morgan State University were in jeopardy of dropping out because of lack of financial aid. The Education Department recently dropped the maximum income eligibility for Pell Grants to $28,000, making thousands of urban applicants ineligible. It is an injustice for thousands of students and someone like myself with a 3.3 GPA to be declined from federal aid to pay for school. What will you do for the thousands of students who are faced with a conundrum like this?"
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