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Why Do Some States Bar Older Students from Receiving Financial Aid?

Misty Aemisegger had always planned to go to college, but when her daughter was born, she decided to stay home and take care of her.

A series of short-lived factory jobs, including one that involved chemical exposure she suspects of causing her severe asthma and liver damage, revived her college aspirations.

But because she’s 34, the born-and-raised Michigan mother of two doesn’t qualify for state financial aid.