Hung up on financial aid

Off the Beat

After all of the obstacles students have overcome to get into college, being able to afford an education should be the least of our concerns. And yet, rather than worrying about schoolwork or exams, I spend every day worrying that my financial aid will fall through and that I won’t be able to pay my rent or afford my food.
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A fiscal, ethical dilemma

This week, I spoke with a UC Berkeley sophomore who is paying her own way at Cal. She started off this semester as a newly declared English major with hopes of studying abroad, but after the financial aid office canceled her work-study in September, she began reconsidering her plans for
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UC Berkeley opens California DREAM Act scholarship

The UC Berkeley Financial Aid and Scholarships Office released the scholarship application for students who would receive private financial aid under the first part of the California DREAM Act starting January 2012. The $8,000 Berkeley Undergraduate Dream Act Scholarship — which was formed after Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 130
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Overcoming a rocky year

Often, the word bureaucracy comes with strong negative connotations. This bad vibe is not entirely unwarranted — anyone who has battled a belligerent receptionist, gone hoarse leaving voice mails for unresponsive departments or grown exhausted shuffling paperwork across campus can attest to the sometimes wily ways of bureaucrats. That said,
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