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Julian Fisher   Photojournalist

Sharing HousingTrapped In The Middle : Financial AidTwo Jobs, One House, Three Children

man and son filling out forms at night

To secure a good education: a university professor applies for financial aid for his son’s prep school.


We were privileged to be secure and middle class. It’s that absence of security, of feeling that we’re middle class, all rowing together.  That is the most corrosive effect on parents. You’re looking over your shoulder trying to figure out how someone else’s attempt to advantage his or her child is going to disadvantage yours. That’s not a way to live in the world. But that’s the life we live.

man filling out forms at night
view of apartment home from outside