I am a college student majoring in Graphic Design and for the past two years I have been struggling to pay my student debt. Despite getting a generous amount of financial aid through student loans and scholarships, it hasn’t been enough to pay off my whole balance. I’ve applied to many jobs through my school years but I still havent been hired, and with the pandemic it has gotten especially difficult to find places to work. I can’t get much assistance from my family as they all have their own debts to worry about, and I come from a low-income family as it is so what can be provided isn’t much to begin with.
I would like to transfer schools this fall so that my bill will be more affordable and I can hopefully get more financial aid, but with my remaining balance I cannot get my transcripts sent to my transfer school. Currently I owe $451 since some federal funding granted me $1000, but I have absolutely nowhere to get this remainder of money and I’m already late to send my transcripts as is. On top of this I have housing deposits and enrollment deposits I will have to pay once I CAN transfer, so this is a concern as well.
I am a very hardworking student and I definitely pride myself in my work. I have made president’s list both my years in school and I’m floating around a 3.8 GPA. Finishing school would be a big achievement for me and I believe my education thus far has been incredibly beneficial to my skills and capability to work in communications design. To not be able to continue this path would be very upsetting for me. I’ve been passionate about art since my childhood and I’m hopeful that it will continue to be a fulfilling career path once I can get into the industry.
I have gone to many sources for support. I would love to be independent and capable of paying my own expenses, but it just is not possible at this point in my life. I will continue applying to jobs and opportunities to fund my needs, but right now I ask for aid in finishing up this chapter of my life. If there’s any interest in seeing a portfolio or some of my illustrations and design work, you can certainly email me and I can show you. Thank you so much if you’re able to help and I definitely appreciate it!
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