Welfare not the only option

Some people call it a way for the government to keep black men down after they get out of prison, free money or the devil. Whatever you call it, the real name is welfare.

Financial assistance from the government is a bunch of malarkey, and college students think they can get it because they are eligible.

Don’t do it.

Getting on welfare because you can receive it is like getting a student loan. To many people’s surprise, this so called “free money” has to be paid back.

Just because you don’t have at least a 3.0 grade point average, does not mean you are out the “free money” loop.

There are scholarships such as the Target-sponsored scholarship and the A. Patrick Charnon sholarship, which allow students to have a 2.0 gpa. The Target scholarship gives winners $10,000 per year-money not paid back.

If you are a student who also happens to be a single parent, don’t get distressed. There are scholarships that don’t ask if you have children.

States like Alabama, Michigan and Florida have systems set up to give extra or tax money to future college students. Remember there is also FAFSA.

Welfare could be good in its own right, however, it shouldn’t be taken for granted.

Students get lost and held down in the system trying to pay back both loans and welfare. They forget to do what they can and are supposed to do.

Take the time to find other options of truly free money. If you’re able to receive other monies, don’t use welfare.

Because if you do, you’ll be taking money away from those who really do need assistance.

Robyn K. Mizelle, 19, is a sophomore broadcast journalism student from Lake City. She is The Famuan’s assistant opinions editor and can be reached at rkmiz@hotmail.com.