We live in a world where it is not acceptable to ask your family for money but it is deemed okay to ask a stranger.
We are extremely willing to hop down to the bank and get ourselves into deeper financial trouble but would never even dare to ask our own relatives. I make this observation as the time approaches for me to secure financial backing in time for university. Some people are more willing to swallow their pride and would seek help from family over major issues whilst others cannot even bear to think about it. However, here is why students should most certainly not feel ashamed of asking for help to pay for their tuition fees.
Firstly, university/college is so expensive! In the UK, the cost has risen so dramatically with the increase from £3000 a year to £9000. Now while the cost is great, the government managed to push it through on the basis that students will not have to pay for their tuition upfront. Apart from the fact that recent reports have suggested that the government may not make any money out of this scheme, there are certain people who cannot take out a loan under this system due to religious reasons on interest or perhaps because of other circumstances.
Secondly, we are students. Plain and simple, the most we have been working for is 2-3 years before university alongside our studies so how can we be expected to cough up nine thousand pounds all on our own?
Thirdly, the same logic can be applied to our parents. Naturally, the first people we would ask for help are them but not all parents can afford to pay £9,000 a year for each of their children. Those who are able, are certainly very lucky. So hence, students should be met with helping hands when they look towards society for financial aid.
Fourthly, bursaries and grants are not as abundant as they are made out to be. Of course, we research and find any that are on offer but this means the competition is very fierce. Furthermore, what if you are a student who did not achieve such high grades at A-level? Usually these scholarships and grants are performance based so if you don’t have the grades, you aren’t offered any hope.
Fifthly, if you are a student and ask for help from people, it is not something to be ashamed of. It shows you are attempting to rise above the challenges you face and that you are not giving up. Remember, you’re asking for money for something good, your education and future. You are asking because you don’t want to fail, not because you need to be dug out of the failure pit.
I think that people who are approached for help need to realise this too. The teenager you see in front of you is one who has gone against the stereotype by not giving up, are you going to be the one who now tells him/her that they are chasing a hopeless dream?
Until Next Time
A Worried Student