Opinion: Money for nothing

BY ELLEN SILK
EDITOR

The economic crunch has finally hit City College. As we are all dealing with having to find alternatives to fund our college careers, The Guardsman has come across some extra money sources that students can explore.

Everyone should be applying for as many scholarships as possible. According to Jorge Bell, dean of financial aid, EOPS and CalWORKs, many scholarships go unused, leading to less money or less scholarships offered.

The Del M. Anderson Scholarship is offered to students that have completed a minimum 24 units at a GPA of 2.5 or higher, currently enrolled in at least six units and work a minimum of 12 hours a week. This is one of many that can be found in the scholarship listings on City College’s financial aid website.

Recently, President George W. Bush signed legislation that increased the Perkins loan and made it easier to get and to pay back. Loans are still money that will have to be repaid; however, student loans usually have low rates and are deferred till you are out of school.

Another way go to school and make money is to apply for paid internships. Just searching Craigslist you can find a range of companies from galleries to PC gaming magazines to nonprofits that are offering internships. Doing an internship and getting paid for it fulfills requirements for school and helps out in your wallet.

The reality is most of us have to work while going to school, sometimes full time, and every little penny helps.

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