Obama: Students Want Change

POSTED: Thursday, January 22, 2009 - 8:26am

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 3:22pm

Things aren't so sweet for college students who are worrying about tuition, the cost of books, and what jobs will be out there when they graduate.

Students at UTEP say tuition goes up every year but scholarships are few and far between. That leaves many students in the borderland scrambling to pay their bills.

Miranda Alvarez is a senior at UTEP, she says every year the cost goes up to be a miner.

"I've seen it's gone up every single semester, gone up several hundred dollars and now, I know I am paying a third more than what I was paying when I first started," Miranda said.

Alvarez is paying more but finding fewer grants and scholarships she can apply for because most awards are based on financial need and according to the government she doesn't need them.

A full load of classes costs Miranda more than $3,000 each semester, which she pays for by working 3 jobs.

"I work at a doctors office just like a receptionist, I work for UTEP as a college counselor for a high school, and I am also a color guard instructor at America's High school," Miranda said.

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