Running head: ANALYZING SOURCES
DENYING THE KEY TO SUCCESS
Axia College of Western International University
Utilizing information in college writing
29 January 2006
Students from low income families need as much assistance as possible to help them break the cycle of poverty. Welfare and other financial support programs are systems that were designed to help struggling families get back on their feet and support themselves. A family who receives the majority of its money from government assistance typically has children who will do the same. (Rector, 1996) Today, the only way to break this cycle of poverty is through higher education.
There are far too many students who attempt college, but because of the financial burden higher education poses, are unable to complete their schooling. Welfare recipients either drop out or never attempt college for a variety of reasons. One reason being is they are the more likely to not have a high school diploma or GED. Having children also increases the cost of attending college. Parents face having reduced income because they chose to attend college instead of working.
There are many programs that offer grants and scholarships and they assist some students. However, many of them are so specialized that only a few students apply and even fewer yet receive any substantial amount of assistance. This leaves far too many students behind in their quest to improve themselves, earn more money, and eventually put that money back into the economy. Financial burdens are not the only obstacle that low income families face when making the decision to start college.
Geographically low income students face certain challenges as well, as reliable transportation is difficult to find for most low income families. This combined with the fact that most colleges are not located near impoverished areas prevents many welfare recipients from attending...