It might limit where a student attends school, or the level of education that one attains, but finances do not provide an excuse for not succeeding in school. If a student isn't succeeding, that is usually a result of other factors, i.e. too much partying, not studying, skipping classes, etc.
SweetTea you're an idiot. Attending college as a student with financial problems is very, very different than attending college without financial problems. Maybe you have been fortunate enough to not worry about finances while attending school, but you clearly do not understand the reality of the other perspective.
Brandonpkatz ... Hon, when you actually grow-up & acquire a degree, you can call someone an "idiot". Until then, you need to hold your tongue & use your energy to find financial resources.
Personally, I was raised in an upper middle-class family. We were not affluent by any means. My father had to retire, for health reasons, when I was in high school. So, I'm very aware of what it's like to attend college on a budget. As an adult, my husband & I have put our brood through college. We are not wealthy individuals. In fact, we took a huge financial hit during the Great Recession. At the time, we still had one in college! So, clearly, I grasp the situation. In fact, I've got a much better perspective on it than you do! Why? I have dealt with it, as both a student & a parent!
Every situation is different, but nothing is hopeless. Perhaps, your tuition is too high for the family budget? If this is the case, look into scholarships. There are many. If your academics aren't stellar & scholarships aren't an option, you may need to consider changing schools. Many students, including 1 U.S. President, started a formal education at a community college. You can live at home, while taking classes. That saves on your expenses. If you don't have that option close by, then look at ways to cut costs at a 4-year school, i.e. dorms are cheaper than apartments! Most private colleges have better endowments than public ones. That translates to much better and/or more scholarships. So, if you do have the academic prowess, consider a private institution. It may be much cheaper, overall. Watch your social activity -- cut back if necessary. It is still very feasible for kids to graduate in 4 years. Mine did -- with Honors! When you do, it makes the financial burden lighter for everyone. You could always get a job to help with expenses. Most colleges have work-study jobs available. Lord knows, you wouldn't be the first student to work his/her way through school! ROTC, if you are possibly interested in serving as a military officer, provides great scholarships too. Many companies, today, will reimburse tuition. I've got a child preparing for Grad School thanks to this benefit. There are ways to lessen the burden, but you have to find them.
Last, but not least, consider the question that you ask in this poll: Financial problems prevent people from succeeding in school? Financial problems do not prevent success in school. It may make it harder to "attend" college, but it doesn't prevent success. If you truly want a formal education, you can find a way to get one. The real question is: Are you willing to work for it?