I am trying to raise money to be able to go back to school. I lost my financial aid and need to pay for a semester out of pocket to regain eligibility. At the college I’m enrolling at the cost of tuition for thirteen to eighteen credits is two thousand four hundred. The fees are about another two hundred dollars and the cost of books will be about four hundred dollars.
My greatest hope would be to raise the $3000 in time to go back June 8 for the summer semester but as that is probably unrealistic my back up is going back for fall semester in August.
I love school and am very excited for my future. I am majoring in English Literature and Computer science. I want to eventually get my Masters of Library and Information Science be an academic librarian and then go back to school again and become a Literature and writing professor.
I wrote a speech for one of my classes that I feel fits this situation:
“A huge problem facing this country is the low percentage of those that move from the bottom of the social ladder or middle higher up. This is known as upward social mobility. In a school survey I conducted, when asked what some causes of the rise and fall on the social mobility ladder are some answered: starting from low income, location, and educational disadvantages. Other answers included: technology, economic status, money, unemployment and unfair wages.
One of the best solutions to improve upward social mobility is Education. One of my favorite quotes is by Nelson Mandela who said: “Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world”
If more youth are able to go to college and finish then we will have more working adults earning a higher pay rate which will positively affect the economy and increase upward income mobility. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, as your educational attainment goes up from no high school up to a doctoral degree the unemployment rate goes down while your weekly earnings go up.
An issue with higher education is the ability to go to college is difficult for youth coming from families in poverty, lower class, or even some middle class backgrounds. As depicted by the US Department of Education the national average of students from low income is about half and 20% of children are considered to be born in poverty according to the US Census Bureau. Poverty is based on an income for a 4 person household such as 2 parents 2 kids making $24,300 or less per year.
Some things we should do to address the issue are: we need to make changes to financial aid, we need colleges to cut tuition, we need to promote higher education reform, and we need to promote more kids actually going to and finishing college.
As evidenced by studentaid.edu when you fill out the FAFSA: The financial aid system only considers you independent if you are married, have a kid, are orphaned, active duty, or are homeless. What about self-supporting students who do not fit those criteria? What about the students whose parents cut them off after they turn 18 or simply cannot help them after they turn 18? The financial aid system is falsely assuming that all parents will support their kids through college. We need to change the dependency status eligibility to reflect if students are ACTUALLY receiving any support from their parents or not. A study conducted by LEND EDU reported that only 43% female and 50% male receive any tuition assistance from their parents.
Unless their parents are paying their way, students are trying to go to college and then having to work a full time job or two jobs just to pay their leftover tuition and living costs. This is drastically affecting their school work. Also, one of the first things to go when students are broke is the cost of food. With all their other expenses some college students go hungry and it affects their ability to learn. Until we can get colleges to lower the cost of tuition, students are forced to take out more in student loans to cover their tuition, fees, and room and board. The cost of college is way too high. The price of college has risen over 500% since 1985. Students are graduating with an average of almost $40,000 in debt.
US News states: Smart poor kids are less likely to graduate from college now than dumb rich kids. That’s not because of the schools, that’s because of all the advantages that are available to rich kids. This is another big issue that low income students face: staying and completing college. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, while 60 percent of the wealthiest students complete their studies and graduate, only about 16 percent of low-income college students graduate.”
So I guess, I am just a hard working student trying to not be a statistic.
Once again, I’m looking to raise $3000 to cover tuition, fees, and books. Thank you so much to anyone who helps. God Bless.