Why We Do What We Do

These personal stories from students at Jesuit institutions throughout the country are representative of the success of federal student aid programs. Click below for select examples from a small group of schools. Each AJCU institution is proud to host hundreds of students receiving financial aid.
 

Success Stories

Evan Garza is a freshman at Loyola University Chicago, majoring in Forensic Science, with a GPA of 3.29. Evan’s mother is the only parent and she is no longer working due to disability. Unemployment benefits are the only source of income and she has applied for Social Security Disability Income. This family has three children in college and is receiving the maximum benefits in all programs.

Overall, Evan’s financial assistance consists of:

Federal Grants (Pell Grant, Academic Competitiveness Grant and SEOG) - $7,300
State of Illinois Grant - $4,843
Loyola institutional Grants and Scholarships - $21,811

Evan also has $11,500 in federal student loans, including additional unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loans, as his mother was denied on an application for a Federal PLUS Loan. Clearly, all forms of assistance are key to Evan’s continued enrollment at Loyola. The $750 in Academic Competitiveness Grant received this year will not be continued next year, as that program ends after the 2010-2011 academic year. If the Federal Pell Grant was lowered and the SEOG eliminated, there are no family resources in position to provide an additional $2000 in assistance and cover the costs of attendance.

Christina Ford is a sophomore at Loyola University Chicago, majoring in Sociology. Her GPA is 2.971. Her family situation is one of a single parent, her mother. The mother was working when Christina began at Loyola, earning just over $35,000 per year. Christina’s mother is now a displaced worker, as her place of business closed in June 2010. Her employer paid healthcare and salary through June 30, 2010. The timing was difficult for Christina, as this occurred after her freshman year had ended and after enrolling for the 2010-2011 academic year.

Before the job change, Christina was eligible for a Federal Pell Grant of $1,600. After considering the special circumstances associated with the job change, Christina’s Federal Pell Grant is $5,500 per year. Also as a result of the special circumstances, Christina received $1,000 in SEOG assistance.

Overall, Christina’s financial assistance consists of:

Federal Grants (Pell and SEOG) - $6,500
State of Illinois Grant - $4,843
Loyola institutional Grants and Scholarships - $14,631

Christina also has student loans and is employed as a Federal Work Study employee. She has a position as an off-campus tutor through a Community Service organization, to earn funds to assist with the costs of attendance. Clearly, all forms of assistance are key to Christina’s continued enrollment at Loyola. If the Federal Pell Grant was lowered and the SEOG eliminated, there are no family resources in position to cover an additional $2,000 and cover the costs of attendance.