Paternalism or a good idea?

There’s an idea floating around out there to dispurse student loan / grant money every two weeks…

In some ways it seems to make sense — students aren’t as likely to blow their living expense money at the beginning of the semester and then have to drop out to pay the bills.

On the other hand, it seems as if the “paycheck” wouldn’t be all that wonderful anyway — and coming every two weeks it might not be enough in two weeks to cover rent — and the students would have to get a job anyway.

Andy’s take on it is that they don’t pay it back for you, so you should be able to choose how you manage your money.  I tend to agree — for the most part.  What should happen is that students should have more access to meaningful work-study jobs — thus, they’d get both a paycheck AND student aid…


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