BREAKING NEWS out of A Middle-Class Household

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Breaking News out of a Middle-Class Household

A middle-class family with one child in college and one beginning college in the fall, have received something very rare called, financial aid.  

The family is still in a state of shock and have not been able to fully comprehend how this miracle was bestowed upon them.  They ask that the media respect their privacy as they hold hands, chant and thank  the heavens above for this much-needed blessing.

Earlier reports state that the child currently in college, never received any such aid two years ago, when he needed it the most.  Understandably so, the family was very discouraged with a process that leaves middle-class families with little resources to pay for college.  Many families like the Brickhouses,  do not make enough money to afford sending their children to college but are told they make “too much” to qualify for aid. 

The child who will be attending college in the fall, tried very hard not to let this sad fact stop her from pursuing her dreams and applying to the colleges that interested her.  She worked tirelessly at school, was involved in many activities, played a varsity sport and held a part-time job.  Although she never showed her parents her college essay, many have said that it was a killer essay.

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This motivated child applied to TEN different colleges (giving her parents many sleepless drunken nights.)  She was accepted to eight of them and was wait-listed at two.  Agonizing months went by before hearing information about a financial package (if any) the government and/or the schools would award the desperate parents child.

Police were called to the home this weekend with a report of a mother and a father marching around the home in unison, in a catatonic zombie-like state, fearlessly pinching themselves over and over again in sheer disbelief.  Once the police arrived at the scene, the parents explained that although they will be in debt for the rest of their lives with two in college, 4 of the child’s favorite colleges, had offered generous financial packages (based on merit and need), thus allowing their child to actually go to college.  Police admitted that they had only heard of a few cases of middle-class families receiving such awards.  They too were in disbelief.

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It is reported that the Brickhouses are cautiously optimistic and admitted to reporters that they have recurring nightmares as well as daymares, that the Financial Aid Nazis will knock on their door any day now, to tell them that this was all a big mistake.  Needless to say, they are not answering the door or phone until both their children are out of college, have successful jobs and are at least, 50.

The next couple of weeks will be critical as they re-visit some of these schools, eat lunch at their mediocre dining commons – again and go over the list of pros and cons 83 more times for each college, with their child.

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Family and friends are asked to pray that the ‘this was all a big mistake monsters’  do not show up at their door or climb in through a window, to take their happiness away.  They are also asked to pray that the parents survive the decision-making process of their hormonal 18 year-old daughter.

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34 thoughts on “BREAKING NEWS out of A Middle-Class Household

    1. It is so criminal and continues to rise by the hour! I hung around at one of the college’s campus centers while she shadowed a student today. It did bring me back to those fun years. Gaining the Freshmen 15 is NOTHING compared to the Fifty-year-old 40! If only.

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    1. Thanks, Shannon! I still sleep with one eye open and one closed in case those monsters show up! We are getting there. Today she visited one of the colleges again and ended up shadowing a student. Next weekend we do the same at another school. Then I’m done! 🙂

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    1. I am suddenly remembering you offering to have my daughter live with you so that she could attend an affordable college in your neck of the woods! Aha! My mind is not all fog after all. Or better yet, you could home school her since you will have nothing to do when you return from your trip. She could teach you Spanish in return. wink,wink.

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  1. Ha this cracked me up! I remember those financial aid days back when I went to school. I remember my parents being stressed out and worried. In the end I guess we were all grateful that I was a nerd and that we were just working class folks living in the barrio. Financial aid and scholarships went a long way. CONGRATS to you for getting the financial aid … it’s tough nowadays so many cutbacks. But I’ll keep you in my thoughts and hope those grants kick in big time 🙂 Suerte amiga!

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    1. Gracias, Guat! The process is just as stressful nowadays – if not more! Too many hoops, hurdles and forms to fill out! I am looking forward to the decision being made so we can celebrate and so she can enjoy the rest of her Senior year. 🙂

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  2. Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m almost glad that my son has learning disabilities and will never go to Harvard. I’m just shooting for our local community college at this point (but he’s only in fifth grade now). You must be so proud, and rightly so.

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    1. Ay, Susie! I am so ready for the process to be over – though I am very proud of her. I already went through the college stress when I was 18, then with my son and now again. You know the drill! I am ready to officially retire though I have 6 more years of financial aid forms to fill out. Lot’s of Sangria will be needed. 🙂

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    1. The costs are astronomical averaging 60K per year! Say, what??? Unbelievable! Who has that $, and times two? Ay, Dios Mio! I am counting my blessings and chanting as I type this. Oh, and keeping my doors locked in case the monsters come knocking. 🙂

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        1. My guess is subsidization, Phil, i.e., way higher taxes.

          Anyway…way to go Little Brick!

          Brick….wait’ll you get to the small print on the college appliations about Easy ways to Get a second Mortgage”. 😀

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  3. Congratulations on eight acceptances! But my goodness! It’s understandable that you’d be shocked at the financial aid. Though we could all use a break, the cost of college being so dear. But how lovely to be accepted into so many colleges!!!

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    1. The facts speak for themselves that the need is there, I am just shocked that they actually acknowledged this and are awarding her this aid. The fact that she was accepted to so many because of her hard work and then to be rewarded for it in merit $ as well as need-based $ is so wonderful! I just don’t want to jinx it! Hee,hee.

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    1. Aren’t they? That’s why I am having such a hard time believing, Guap! I am afraid to get all excited for the fear of being disappointed. Oh hell, life is too short! I’m getting blasted tonight and that is that!!! (I kinda already am). SHhhhhh. Don’t tell anyone! It’s been a loooooooooong year. 🙂 🙂 Estoy cansada!

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  4. Well, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, Maria. Kudos to your daughter for taking control of her future. I’m so happy for you and your family…it’s not a mistake, it’s what happens when someone goes after their dream. Time for a Margarita! Cheers!

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    1. She really worked hard, Jill. I’m not used to things working out the way they should, you know. I am more familiar with fighting for things and being disappointed when the outcome is not fair. I can’t help but to be doubtful that it could all actually work out! That sounds so sad! I am looking forward to feeling confident that it is all going to work out, so I can have many margaritas in celebration!! Or Sangrias. Or both. 🙂

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    1. Ha,ha! Thanks. I am so happy and proud of her but I can’t help thinking that this can’t be right! It’s what I would have hoped but the fact that it is actually happening makes me weary. 🙂 I can’t wait for her to make the decision.

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