The article “The Financial Aid Game” by Laura Fitzpatrick describes the challenges that are being faced with Financial aid. There are people out there that don’t quite know what Financial Aid is. Financial Aid is students that receive money from the United States to help them pay for college. This could be from academic scholarships, athletic scholarships, scholarships for minorities, and others. This article talks about how people are going into debt from this, challenges faced. Laura observed the financial aid meetings at the Skidmore College as they determined their offers. One person Laura followed was Bob Sworb, he was the director of student aid at the college. One of the families at the Skidmore college experienced a 50% income drop. While there was another family that was going to sell their house just to help pay tuition. When incoming freshman apply to the Skidmore college the people in the Financial Aid office go through transcripts, essays and recommendations, sending the occasional art portfolio for faculty review and using spreadsheets to keep track of the students. The admission offices looks at high scores and people that have extreme extracurricular activities. Skidmore has boosted its financial-aid budget 8% this year by trimming travel, faculty raises, renovation plans and commencement festivities. While the cost of attending the college rose $2,000 this year, the average aid award increased $2,300. People of minority have a greater chance of receiving more financial aid. Skidmore is worried if they don’t do something about this, they might lose incoming students, and overall money.