RGV students rely on financial aid

News Center 23

POSTED: Monday, August 12, 2013 - 5:14pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, August 13, 2013 - 8:15am

The vast majority of college students all over the country are there because of one institution: financial aid. A whopping 85 percent of collegge students are on some sort of aid, grant or scholarship to help put them through school. And in the Rio Grande valley, roughly the same number of studetns depend on financial aid to attend college.

“For years this area has been a low income, low wage area and naturally that translates to the kids when they get to be of college age, uh, they’re family earnings are not enough to pay for college," said Patt Hobbs, CEO of Texas Workforce Solutions - Cameron County.

“Money for school in the Rio Grande Valley is hard to come by, so colleges like TSC are making it easier for students to receive financial aid so they can register and enroll."

“In addition to all the student aid programs that we have, we will also have some installment payment plans and we’ll also have some emergency loans that will be available on a first come, first serve basis," said Arnold Trejo, Director of Financial Aid at TSC.

“A lot of parents can’t afford tuition, so financial aid benefits the students," said Natalie Ramirez, a TSC student.

“They can continue their education. The financial aid will pay for your tuition, your books, so it will help them," said Melissa Vargas, a TSC student.

Despite the potential debt buildup, local officials believe education is worth the money for the betterment of the people and the economy.

“Financial aid is a lifesaver for, you know, 87 percent of our college going students. We need the kids to go to school, get an education, come back and establish themselves here in the Valley and improve the quality of our workforce," said Hobbs.

“I believe the tax-payers of this great country are investing in human capital. They’re investing in students," said Trejo.

Reporting in Brownsville, Marty Watson, KVEO News Center 23.

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