The New York Times asked financial aid
directors from five American universities to answer reader questions about
funding their higher educations, in an online discussion forum. The five
schools include elite institutions (Harvard, Yale), other private schools (St.
Johns University in New York City), large public universities (University of
California at Los Angeles), and commuter colleges (Buffalo State in New York).
The questions include both general
questions ("How will all the new changes affect aid for graduate students?") and questions about very personal,
specific circumstances …
I was a single parent raising my daughter
for 10 years. She’ll enter college in 2009. I remarried in 2007. My husband (not
her father) earns approximately $65,000; I earn $40,000. Will his income also be
counted when considering the aid we receive? Her real father is $35,000 in
arrears in child support, and has not had significant income in many years.
The Times will continue the online
discussion until Wednesday, 23 April, if you want to ask your questions or you
just want to see if your circumstances are beiing addressed.