Hello, I am a 20 year old University student starting my 4th year of a geosciences major and business minor, in British Columbia, Canada. When I first applied to universities, my goal was to get away from my homophobic, emotionally abusive family, and I did! I was often threatened with being kicked out of the house due to whom I liked, so I moved away for school and cut all ties. At first, I worked a part time job and went to school full time, as I qualified for a decent amount of support from the government. But this last year my estranged family gained a decent amount of money and it disqualified me from the support. I took to working 2 jobs while in school full time. That was until Covid-19 hit.
I suffer from a compromised immune system, which on its own isn’t too bad, but along with my asthma, and my auto-immune diseases, I am considered very high risk. Both of my jobs laid me off as soon as they could, and all my doctors say working right now is still very risky for me. I was told that if I do get sick, I could end up in the hospital for a long time, or possibly worse. This meant I could collect unemployment for a bit. But as school starts up, and I don’t return to work, that too will run out.
Now I have been trying my hardest to keep myself afloat during this difficult time. Mentally and financially. I only pay for things that are 100% necessary, like rent, my medications, and soon I will have to decide between paying for my tuition or for food/meds. I have already gone to a food bank, just to eat for a few days, on more than one occasion. Buying groceries, I can go without for a while, the medications however, I can not. If I were to stop taking my medications to pay for some of my tuition, I would still likely not make it to graduation.
Overall, I am need of $18,000 total for the school year, and so far I have only $6,400. I have done everything I possibly could to try and do to pay for school since the beginning. Now, I am $60,000 in debt, and may have to drop out of school without graduating, because I can’t pay for my tuition. This is honestly my last resort, and I hate that I have no one to turn to for help.
Thank you so much for reading this far. Anything would be greatly appreciated!
If you would like to help me finish this year of school, and hopefully get my BA, my paypal link is : paypal.me/AshleyC1999