Consider how the financial-aid formula assesses what a student will pay for college. Families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and when they finish, they are told their “expected family contribution” (EFC). This is the number that parents are expected to pay to help send a young student to college, at least as long as the student doesn’t have a spouse or child of her own. The formula leading to the number doesn’t take into account the parents’ debt, even from their own educations. Yet with the EFC, the government makes a clear assertion: When it comes to paying for college, parents should help their students.
But sometimes they can’t. Sometimes, in fact, the money moves the opposite direction.
Keep reading here, as Goldrick-Rab talks to a student who’s using his financial aid to help his parents and siblings. And check out a reader discussion about struggling to pay for college here.
What Do You Know?
1. Each year, Americans spend about $____________ on beer.
Personally, I think it is gross the way that militarism, patriotism and heroism are all cozy bedfellows with the NFL, the NFL telecasts, and the promotion of each team’s brand. These things do not belong together. Military ceremony, jet fly-overs and overt use of American symbology in the NFL game cheapens true patriotism and heroism.
Most importantly, I believe it carries the implication that the violence, force, and the untempered emotional support inherent in the game are necessary components of patriotism. This is dangerous and misguided.
Dave’s comment on patriotism reminded me of a book I’ve been recommending to everyone in the past few years: Ben Fountain’s novel Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, which James Fallows discussed in his January 2015 cover story on the American military. It’s the story of a group of soldiers that comes home from Iraq to get honored at a football game, but they find the spectacle painfully hollow. Read more on the NFL and patriotism here, and more from readers on the ethics of football here.
On this day 415 years ago, the future King Louis XIII of France was born. In our April 1900 issue, Lucy Crump described his childhood:
The child Louis—or rather the Dauphin, for he had no name until his public christening when he was five years old—was a passionate, loving child, jealous and sensitive, morbidly fearful of ghosts, of ridicule, and of punishment, while at the same time warlike in his tastes, and hardy enough in all physical exercises. What his upbringing made him is a difficult problem to solve, for throughout his life Louis was overshadowed by those he lived with and crippled by constant ill health; but what that training was can be learnt in [court physician Jean] Herourard’s journal, and a very curious training it seems to have been.