What is a possible third claim for me to make about our financial aid system? I am writing an argumentative MLA format paper that has to be 10 pages, the topic I chose is pretty much some revision...

What is a possible third claim for me to make about our financial aid system?

I am writing an argumentative MLA format paper that has to be 10 pages, the topic I chose is pretty much some revision should be made in the financial aid system. I was planning on covering that Pell Grants should be paid back if the student failed the semester, legal non citizen without a green card but who contribute to society should be able to obtain financial aid, specifically Pell Grants, but I am having a hard time for my third claim. Please let me know if you guys have any ideas.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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It appears that you are not trying to make the argument that there is anything systematically wrong with our financial aid system.  Your first claim would make it harder to get aid but your second one would make it easier.  Therefore, your third claim can be one that makes aid more available or one that makes it less available.  I will suggest one reform for each of these.

First, I would make aid less available by limiting the sorts of schools that a student can attend while receiving financial aid such as Pell Grants.  The reason I would make this change is because there are so many for-profit colleges that are rather expensive and which do not typically do a very good job of preparing their students for any real employment.  Therefore, I would suggest that we set rules for the kinds of schools that could enroll students who are getting Pell Grants.  The schools would have to prove that they are doing an adequate job of preparing their students for the work force.  Perhaps we could require that a school have a certain percentage of its graduates finding work in their chosen fields.  Only schools which meet that criterion could enroll students who are getting aid.

Second, I would suggest making aid more available to students who are not really poor.  Right now, the income limits for Pell Grants make it so that very few students from the lower middle class qualify for them.  This is a bad thing because college costs are increasing.  In addition, our middle class is shrinking due to such things as globalization and mechanization.  People who could once have made good livings in blue collar jobs will now need to have better educations to compete.  Therefore, we should be making it easier for a greater number of people to get Pell Grants.

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So are they contradicting each other? or is it enough to make my claims? For my third claim that I am having trouble the most with, what should I incorporate in it to make a good point? and thank you so much for your input on this pohnpei397 . You have been more helpful than my actual professor who calls me an idiot instead oh helping. I think I know how I will be reforming my first 2 claims. Thank you so much.

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