I relied on working 1-2 jobs at any given time (starting sophomore year) while in school and CFED IDA savings programs ( I was denied the second one upon meeting all requirements because I had graduated and my university refused to cooperate beyond the fiscal boundaries that I had crossed when I finished reaching the savings max shortly after graduating. As a result, I lost $4,000 in matching funds for my own savings that I could have received to help pay for school. Now, I must cover the loans without the help of that money and face the interest). Being low income had brought some aid, but the loans are still difficult to pay. Also, one tends to face the transition from needing to ask one's parents for money to expecting it from one's self, which also makes college a difficult choice, even though one is unemployed after college. I have also witnessed, although not in my case, how financial pressures have affected my fellow classmates' academics.