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Paying for school

Here's a brief experience on how I am have cover only a little over half of my financial needs on my own as a recent grad.

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I relied on working 1-2 jobs at any given time (starting sophomore year) while in school and  CFED IDA savings programs ( I was denied the second one upon meeting all requirements because I had graduated and my university refused to cooperate beyond the fiscal boundaries that I had crossed when I finished reaching the savings max shortly after graduating.  As a result, I lost $4,000 in matching funds for my own savings that I could have received to help pay for school.  Now, I must cover the loans without the  help of that money and face the interest).  Being low income had brought some aid, but the loans are still difficult to pay.  Also, one tends to face the transition from needing to ask one's parents for money to expecting it from one's self, which also makes college a difficult choice, even though one is unemployed after college.  I have also witnessed, although not in my case, how financial pressures have affected my fellow classmates' academics.

What is a provocation or insight that might inspire others during this challenge?

There is a lot stress related to financial pressure that can affect one's performance which, given the circumstances, is not always tolerable. In addition, if one faces the financial burden of college, the function of college becomes obscured by fears and tension, and if solely pursued for the money, can be ultimately unfulfilling.


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Hi Priya, interesting post! Any chance you could find an image to go along with it? Images help grab attention and tell a story with higher impact. You should be able to use the Edit Contribution button on the top of your post and follow the instructions to add images from there. Looking forward to seeing more of your inspiring insights on OpenIDEO.

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