I am a senior and undocumented. I don’t receive any financial aid. When I went through the financial aid process initially, I was told I’d be fully covered. Then, they realized I wasn’t documented. It felt like the funding was taken right out of my hands. It hurts to be treated differently.
I have to pay completely out of pocket. I work at a hospital at a breast imaging center with a radiologist. I had a plan to go to medical school but it will be too expensive. I’ve taken winter and summer courses to ensure I graduate on time. Sometimes I don’t eat because I need that money for textbooks and transportation. I often skip lunch. I eat gum, juice, anything to last me.
They’re trying to cut library hours at CSI. Where will students study? I can’t study at home, and the neighborhood library doesn’t have the same resources. Additionally, a lot of professors aren’t available for extra support or help which means catching them as they are walking to their cars. The government should invest in students, college is a second home!