For the average Kent State student, financial aid is vital to their enrollment at the university. And in a few special cases, students no longer need to worry about their financial situations.
Some say that money makes the world go ’round. And it’s unquestioned that financial aid often plays a big role in every prospective student’s college decision.
Approximately 70 percent of Kent State students receive some sort of financial aid.
And then there are students like Layne Gerbig whose father works for Kent [Tuscarawas] thus waiving any fees she might have.
Layne Gerbig: “My sister; she went to Kent and I saw her look at other colleges, and we all knew she wasn’t going to go there. And I never went on a college visit anywhere else; I never really thought I would go anywhere else, so…”
When some students receive their scholarships, choosing a college becomes a lot easier like it did for Grace Jacobsen who barely has to pay at all for school now.
Grace is a Visual Communicative Design major with an impressive and beautiful portfolio.
Grace Jacobsen: “I am on the Trustee Scholarship, the Honors College Scholarship and then a housing honors scholarship. Basically what that is, is the maximum amount of scholarship money they’re allowed to give me, plus 500 dollars a semester for housing.”
But there had been a calculative mistake nearly costing Grace half of the scholarship money she deserved. Luckily, she managed to get ahold of the Honors College office after days of debate.
Grace Jacobsen: “It was worse than applying for colleges, just fighting over this scholarship money.”
For Broadcast Beat Reporting, I’m Jacob Derwin.