Financial aid and how it impacts UF students

January 22, 2019

When the University of Florida announces its admissions decisions on Feb. 8, some students will receive good news, but many will not. We received 42,000 applications for only 6,500 available positions. 

Even those who are elated at being admitted may wonder how they and their families will pay the costs of attending college.

I myself faced that challenge. When I was an undergraduate, my parents weren’t able to contribute to my college expenses, so I washed dishes in the dining hall during the academic year and worked as a construction laborer in South Miami in the summers. I also took out today’s equivalent of $40,000 in student loans. Many current UF students work and take out student loans, as did thousands of alumni.

For me, learning to manage money, time, work and my studies was an important part of college. Also, in my experience, loans can be beneficial when they help students graduate and begin their professional careers in a timely manner.

However, even though UF’s tuition is among the lowest in the nation, for some students, the cost of going to college is simply too high.