posted on Aug, 26 2004 @ 10:29 AM
Fall classes have begun at my little community college in Oklahoma, and never before have I seen so many students without books and grants. Generally
by this time each semester, nearly all of the students that require financial assistance through pell grants, state grants, and student loans have
been approved. The students are also able to get their books through a charge account upon being approved. This year, it's just not working out that
way. The college had an all-time high enrollment last semester from the usual 5000 to approximately 7500 from what I gather. Now all of the sudden,
there are more forms to fill out to get financial aid, the time frame allowed for book charges is decreasing by half, and nearly one-third of all the
enrolled students in all six of my classes are sitting at their desks without books. Is this a conspiracy?