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The student vote, financial aid myths busted


Students may have heard warnings about their vote affecting their financial aid.

Registration to vote does not affect federal financial aid. This includes Pell Grants, Perkins and Stafford Loans, Academic Competitive Grants, SMART Grants and other federal loans.

Registration also has no bearing on consideration for dependency on parents when filling out FAFSA.

A select few private grants and scholarships are granted to students based on their residency in a particular location. In this case checking with the administrator of the program would be prudent.

The Brennan Center has composed a table that describes certain rules for determining residency for states with portable financial aid. The table can be viewed at


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Amy is a senior at Boise State and the current news editor for The Arbiter. She crammed everything she possibly could into a single degree; a dual major in communication and English, a journalism emphasis and a political science minor. She is eager to earn what she calls, "that expensive piece of paper" on May 18, but in the meantime is focused on bringing campus as much news as humanly possible.