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Maria Obmachkina, Hunter College

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I am studying psychology.  I receive the Pell Grant and TAP.  I had to drop chemistry because it was so hard and I ended up becoming part time that semester.  It disqualified me from TAP mid semester, which was really stressful.  Another semester, I dropped Russian and the same thing happened.  If I didn’t receive financial aid at all during college I would be in a lot of debt, probably have a mental breakdown. 

I work as a home attendant 20 hours a week.  I used to do tutoring.  I pay for food out of pocket.  I live with my grandma and we have SNAP.  When I first got into school it was hard to register for the courses I needed.  If college was free it would mobilize and expand people.  People would have more time.  It would help people in need that can barely survive.  Transportation is the biggest challenge for me as a student.  It takes me 2 hours each way.  Also mental health.  There needs to be better mental health services and services for non traditional students. 

 

 

Tryptych Fraser, Queensborough Community College

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I am a full time marketing student living in Ozone Park. I am currently receiving SNAP and was able to secure an on-campus job through federal Human Resources. I would prefer to do the regular on-campus Work Study program to help pay for school but the waiting list is too long. The Single Stop center on campus was helpful in finding this employment connection. I was otherwise not aware that the government could help me.
I am currently supporting myself and two children and benefit tremendously from government assistance. My greatest expenses besides school textbooks and utility bills are my children’s clothes. They grow every few months.
I would like my representatives to keep these programs like workstudy, SNAP and HR work programs, which help keep me on my feet. Cutting any of it will only cut the workforce and lead to unemployment. That doesn’t make sense.

Anonymous, Queens College

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I had to give up being in school full time because I got offered a job through the Department of Education as a paraprofessional. I am beyond grateful for this job, but financially I am so far behind. Student debt is my major expense next to food. I do receive SNAP benefits but it is barely enough. I am a big guy. They should give me a little more based on my dietary needs, but obviously I will take anything. For over a year, I was applying for Work Study so I could finish my degree in dietetics, get school over with and begin to work full time. Luck just wasn’t on my side with finding an on campus position and I did not have time to wait around. For now, I am living with family and paying rent, hoping to save enough to live more comfortably. Until then, I will use my SNAP and keep studying.