Hundreds of College Kids Speak Out On State Budget Cuts

Some students fear the loss of their scholarships they earned based on their high school GPA's.

“So, if they were to cut that, that would be more of a burden on me and I would have to take out more student loans,” said EKU Student Matt Chadwell of his KEES Scholarship that pays roughly half of his $4,000 annual expenses.

Many students said they fear what's to come. Others say they're already feeling the pain of cuts.

Universities were told to trim 3%. Western decided to do away with its entire soccer team.

“They said they would honor our scholarships, but a lot of the guys are going to want to play soccer elsewhere and that's why they came to school to play soccer,” said Western Student Dustin Downey.

Governor Beshear says he feels their pain and promised that if there’s any extra revenue found, to apply it to higher education.


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  • by Jonathan Location: Morehead on Feb 24, 2008 at 01:59 PM
    John, your obvious lack of grammatical skills only prove my point. Although most college students may not have to work as hard with mastering the English language as some, we are still working just as hard, if not harder, than those currently in the workforce. I know that my average day usually runs me from 8 AM until at least eight PM, with one one-hour break in that schedule. These hours involve me both going to my classes and, at the moment, practicing three different musical instruments. I practice my primary instrument for at least three hours a day, if not more. I will usually attempt to practice my other two instruments at least an hour each day. After I am finish with my classes and practicing, I must then finish my homework for all of those classes. This will usually take me until nine or ten o'clock. Now, tell me, what kind of an establishment is there that will hire me to work from about 10 PM until 2 AM, so that I have the chance for, at most, four to five hours of sleep?
  • by john Location: london on Feb 23, 2008 at 10:50 PM
    these comments are hitting the nail on the head ,wake up dave is right,just work harder, try it its fun. youll be ok ,
  • by student on Feb 23, 2008 at 05:48 PM
    Many of these comments are extremely ignorant.
  • by Jonathan Location: Morehead on Feb 23, 2008 at 12:43 PM
    Here's the difference between most college students (at least the ones with which I work in the music field) and the stereotypes which some of you seem to like to mention: we understand the value of an education and the work it takes to earn it. Those of us who are using KEES money, as well as other state, federal, and institutional grants/scholarships, have earned the right and are continually earning the right to do so. Maybe the state, as well as others, should spend the monies we have more wisely rather than wasting it on a multitude of useless items. You, Dave, have spoken many times about the simplicity of going straight to the work force, as opposed to going to college. Something else you also do not seem to realize is that without a proper education, a person can barely afford to survive on their own. I understand this from taking on a job to pay for my cell phone bill, decent clothing, and sheet music for my schooling during any kind of break I may have in the school year.
  • by a student Location: southeastern ky on Feb 23, 2008 at 12:16 PM
    I workmy lil rump off in school..Im not a traditional student--I am a mom, wife, and student. we work hard to pay our bills and I struggle to keep my gpa (3.5) and if it werent for the grants I receive to help pay my tuition we owuld already me in MEGA debt--instead of the minor we have incurred so far. I am not getting a GENERAL degree but specifically seeking one in education..personally I would have went to the protest too if I had been able!
  • by Kris on Feb 23, 2008 at 01:11 AM
    Scholarships & finanical aid should be used towards students with a 3.5 gpa or better. A lot of people go back to college to get gov. benefits. I know this to be for a fact (I have family that do this). The only thing they would fear is getting a job. A part time job will not hurt anyone that is serious about succeeding. It's not the gov. duty to give students food and gas money.
  • by Earwig Location: Prestonsburg on Feb 22, 2008 at 10:33 PM
    It it hard for even middle class families to afford the rising college costs today. The Kees money is an incentive for hard work for the students and a real help for parents that are already struggling to make ends meet. The more of our young people that graduate from college and enter the work force in Ky the stronger our state will be. The money that the state contributes to educating our young people is returned many times over in the taxes that they will eventually pay.
  • by marsha Location: eastern kentucky on Feb 22, 2008 at 06:17 PM
    My son has gone to college for 3 years now. The first year we broke even with his scholarships and KEES money, his second year we paid about $2000.00, and his third year we have had to pay $4000.00. I hope you see the pattern. Yes both his parents work and we have been blessed to save enough money to get him through the next year. If he has to go any more I hate to see what he will be paying. These are young adults already in debt from loans and grants. This is not the way to help the economy. I say cut the budget somewhere else. Go College Students.
  • by Retired Educator Location: e. Ky on Feb 22, 2008 at 03:44 PM
    Students in our colleges are hurting. They can't qualify for loans and grants now if their parents can contribute anything to their education.. What about the rest of the family? The kids are working part time and full time jobs now and going to school. If there are further cuts, no one will be able to go to college unless you are VERY rich..which most of us aren't..This leaves welfare and I guess that is what a lot of our children will end up on..at least they would have a medicaid card!!!
  • by Dave Location: Lexington on Feb 22, 2008 at 12:23 PM
    What is all the whining about? The students use the service, they should pay for it! If they need to take out more loans, big deal. When they graduate, with their degree, they have the means and time to pay the loans back. If they need to work a part time job while attending college, then do it! You won't be the first to work while studying and you won't be the last. Learn this lesson early children- nothing is free!

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