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Interested Parties

Financial aid hard to get for some

Marketplace Staff Oct 21, 2008
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Renita Jablonski: This election year, we’ve asked voters around the country what they’re hoping from the next president and Congress in terms of economic policy. In the final part of our series Interested Parties, we hear from Cinthya Guillen. She emigrated from Mexico with her family when she was 8 years old. Today, she’s 28, a naturalized citizen, and attending college to become a high school history teacher.


Cinthya Guillen: I’m really just scared how the economy’s going, there’s really hard to find any jobs that at least are not necessarily back-breaking and washing dishes at this point.

Tuition, they raised the prices for tuition. I basically had to borrow money and I don’t even know how I’m going to pay for my books.

I feel like I’ve been fighting and struggling for many years, and I feel like it’s coming to nothing.

For example, my husband and I, we don’t make a lot of money. They’re telling me that I can’t even get any kind of financial aid because we make too much money, but there’s no possible way that we do because we could barely survive.

I think they should stop funding the war, I think there’s too much money leaking into the war they should start investing more in education to bring up the economy.

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