If you live in the United States you probably know what the FAFSA is. It is the major financial aid form that makes you a nurse or breaks you. Most states also use this form to decide financial aid status. If you don't qualify for federal aid (pell, loans) then you won't qualify for state aid either. If you do qualify then the aid can't be duplicated so often a lot of financial money sits in the governments bank accounts unused. I can't get federal money so I can't get state money. The colleges use the FAFSA to determine elgibility for their funds and since I don't qualify for federal or state funds I don't qualify for college scholarships
. Ironically some people who do qualifly find that at time of registering for classes that aid is reduced because funds can't be duplicated. Many then can't go to school. Now apparently the new funds that are going to be used to remedy the nursing shortage are going to also use the FAFSA for eligibility. Now how is that going to help me or others get money for tuition and books? The money will sit there because the people who need it still won't qualify because of the great thing called the FAFSA. So lets ask them not to use the FAFSA in determining how these funds are used. Just allow anyone who is admitted to nursing school have the funds and as long as they keep their grades up and graduate and work in nursing they won't have to pay it back.