Dear Kind Souls,
I hope that all is well with you. I am a 21 year old student seeking some assistance with tuition costs for the remainder of my year at University. I am currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a major in Accounting. To give you a backstory on how I ended up in this predicament, I must start from the year 2020, when I was 17, soon to be 18. In March of 2020, I became very ill. My legs began to swell, and I had a seizure relating to my illness that led to me being in the hospital for two days. After leaving the hospital, I began taking supplements and my body slowly began to heal. At this time, I was completing my A levels in school, and I had to drop out because I was too ill to physically continue schooling. Around June-July of 2020, I was healing slowly, but quite nicely. I began getting more sleep (was having issues with insomnia due to the illness), and everything was good. COVID was still running rampant, and so I was still home throughout my healing process. In August of 2020, my mother told me of an ad she heard on the radio that spoke about a scholarship for persons who had recently graduated highschool to be able to apply for an associate degree. I agreed to apply for it, since it was an online course, and I thought I could manage it despite not being 100% healed as yet. I applied for the Associate Degree, but was met with disappointment when I was made aware that only 2020 graduates (I graduated highschool in 2019) were being offered that scholarship. I was dejected, but decided to just keep my eyes open for any new possibilities.
In late September of 2020, I was told by my aunt about a company that was hiring work from home workers. I decided to apply for that, and to work and save for my eventual return to school. By October, I was hired and training from home to start the job. I worked and saved until January 2021. In December 2020, the school that I had applied to had reached out to me via email with an opportunity too good to give up. I was offered to study a Bachelor’s Degree that I could complete schooling for online, and due to my good grades, I was being offered a 50% off scholarship for the first two years and 25% off the final two years. After some discussions with my parents, we decided to go ahead with resigning from my job and starting school in January 2021. Conversations with my doctors had told me not to try juggling both full time working and school from home, as a lot of my issues stemmed from immense stress that I was experiencing in the period, along with genetic illnesses. I was able to pay for my first semester from my savings, and my parents agreed to help me with my payments until the end of my degree. 2021 and 2022 ended like that, and I was doing well in school, maintaining a 3.67 GPA in school.
My first semester in 2023 was completed in April, and this is where the problems started. At the end of April, my father lost his job. While it was a hit to us financially, my mother’s job was able to keep us afloat for a bit. In May, my mother lost her job as well. For 2021 and 2022, I did school for all possible semesters in the year (including summer) without a break. So this time, I decided that I would not do the summer semester, and instead work to help out and save some money for the fall semester. I began applications for a job at the end of May, and did an interview at the beginning of June. By the end of June, my mother and father had both begun working new jobs. We decided that I would remain home for the summer, since the semester had already started, and my younger sister (4) would usually stay home with me (instead of hiring a babysitter).
So by now, the plan is to stay home with my sister (who was home for summer) and continue schooling in September. September rolls around, and the funds for tuition is still not here, as my parents have been working to break even for the two, almost three months that they were not working for. The third week of September, my father told me that he was working hard to put together my tuition amount, and asked to me seriously consider whether or not I would be able to manage starting school 4 weeks late, and having to catch up with all that content while having regular classes and quizzes. I decided that I could not manage, as I was ending year 3, beginning year 4 and the courses had gotten a lot heavier. We decided that I would apply for another job from home. That way, I could save for the next semester (January 2024), and I would be home when my baby sister came home from school, so they would not have to incur the additional expense of a babysitter.
I applied for the job in late September. The next day, I got an email requesting documentation and asking when I would be available for an interview. When I sent the information, I was made aware that my ID was expired and that I needed a valid one in order to be considered. In October, I applied and gave fingerprints for an ID. I was told that I would not get the ID until June 2024. Which leads me to where I am now. I do not wish to sit out anymore semesters, and my parents can not afford to assist me. Since I am also unable to get a job, it would be much appreciated if I can get some assistance to be able to pay off my tuition for the next semester. At the current moment, roughly US$32,000 would sufficiently balance off my remaining tuition fees, and the deadline for final payment is February 29th. Thank you in advance for any and all donations. Happy New Year to all.
My PayPal link is: https://paypal.me/TaeTae723?country.x=JM&locale.x=en_US