Originally posted by stephiegirl
Why don't they try going to college and getting a degree? No one can say that they couldn't go to college because they couldn't get financial support is crazy because they seem to make more exceptions for people everyday. You can get scholarships for being Indian or for being a minority but they don't just hand over money for being white. When you look at getting financial aid for a white person and they look at the parents income it has to be so low or else they just throw out your application.
How many illegal immigrants are actually qualified to attend American colleges. Even open enrollment community colleges require English skills that are sufficient enough to write term papers, read, and perform basic mathematical functions.
Let's say that "they" can handle the curriculum of the college. How many places will enroll illegals into the college system? Not many. California (actually, I think CA will enroll children of illegals) will. I know that it has been debated here in Florida. Then there is the debate over whether illegals are, in fact, citizens of the state where they wish to attend college (in-state versus out-of-state tuition rates). Even in places were illegals can attend college, their opportunity to do so is limited by the fact that they need to earn money for their families.
Schools hold a lot of their admission information close to the vest, but I found an article from the Harvard Crimson
that states that Harvard (one of the more minority friendly schools in the country) admitted approximately 1/3 of it's freshman class as "minorities" (mind you, not illegals). One-third? And, that is supposed to be a lot? That means that two-thirds are white, anglo-saxons, no? Of course, those are just students who gained admission - it says nothing about being able to afford Harvard (although, Harvard does claim to meet 100% of a student's financial need).
Your last statement is pretty ridiculous. Financial aid is not determined by "parents income" (sic), it is determined by Expected Family Contribution (EFC), which is determined by a number of factors, including parents' income. MOST
of the aid dispersed in this country is a factor of EFC. While there are some specialty scholarships available to people of hispanic backgrounds, African-American backgrounds, and the like, there are also specialty scholarships available to students who want to pursue teaching as a major, participate in the INTEL or Westinghouse Science Fairs, or pursue a career in the health services fields (and many, many more). Of course, people who claim that there is no financial aid available to whites are most likely talking about white students with below average grades (relative to the academic institution) or test scores with no defined career goals, who all want to apply to the same 30-40 selective universities -- and with parents who actually do make plenty of money for their children to attend college.
I have people who call my office all the time with EFCs in the $60k plus range who want to know why we can't offer more aid. They have story after story as to why they cannot pay the bill -- but, they are calling me from their convertible BMW on the way to the club to play golf. Minority students, many of whom have EFCs of under $6k will figure out a way to get the money to pay for the education that they feel is worth the money.
I again stand by my previous comments that most folks here wouldn't change places with any illegals (or any minorities, for that matter) because they have better access to financial aid.