This was me when I graduated high school, on my way off to college. I was so ready and eager but college is a lot different than I ever expected.
Almost no one in my family has finished college. My parents haven’t, my sister hasnt. I wanted to be the first in our household to graduate and earn a STEM degree.
Coming from a low income family, I can’t make ends meets for my college tuition. I’m working a minimum wage job and I’m receiving financial aid, but it’s not enough to cover all of my college expenses. I’m struggling. I’m stressed. My anxiety is through the roof. All because I can’t pay for what I need to pay for.
I need help. I don’t want to be another young woman who can’t pursue her dreams and completely forgoes education and a career in chemistry because I am poor.
It’s so important that there are women in these fields. So, please, don’t let a horrible higher education system keep another young woman from her passion.

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!!LET’S GET LORELI THROUGH COLLEGE!!

Hello! I  am Loreli Golden, an 18 year old incoming college freshman. I will be attending the University of Southern Indiana in the fall. I’m double-majoring in art and psychology with the intention of becoming an art therapist. I have been diagnosed with depression, generalized and social anxiety, and PTSD. My family is in  tough spot financially, so paying for college will be difficult. This fund is intended to help take the strain off of my family, and accounts for all four years of school. I will be working on campus and have received some financial aid, but I need to pay for books, tuition, transportation, and the other various costs associated with college. Any donation at all would be very much appreciated, and even just reblogging to spread the word would earn you my unconditional love.

Once upon a time in America, college in many states actually used to be free, or so affordable as to be virtually free. In fact, for many years — dating back to the 19th century — California schools did not even charge tuition. Rather, students would be required to pay a few small student fees at most


That all changed when the Republican governor of California (someone by the name of Ronald Reagan) decided to make college more like a for-profit business. In fact, as governor, Reagan insisted on imposing a new “fee” and that would later become synonymous with tuition, thus ending California’s tradition of providing virtually free education to qualified college students (related article from 1982 here)


Reagan once said, “The state should not subsidize intellectual curiosity“ and, more to the point, Reagan is alleged to have once said:  "Why should I continue to pay for their (anti-war protesters) education when they’re just going to turn around and vote against me?”

So in summary, no more tuition free education, because fuck you

In case you haven’t noticed, there is one political party advocating things like free, universal pre-k education, and advocating for making the first two years of college tuition free…and on the other hand, there’s another party that’s fighting to obliterate all of that. People can sit there and claim that both parties are the same all they want, but for at least the last 50yrs, it’s always the same “Grand Old Party” that stays sticking to the little guy

(h/t ThinkProgress)

Obama wants to do for young people what no president has before 

On Friday, President Barack Obama will give millions of Americans the ultimate gift: a free education.

At a speech Friday in Knoxville, Tennessee, Obama will be announcing his proposal to give American workers two years of a community college education. 

Obama made the announcement via a Facebook post on Thursday evening with a video teasing the proposal and outlining the basics behind this idea.

Philly's biggest community college just made tuition free for low-income students.

The Community College of Philadelphia, which is “the largest public institution of higher education” in the city, is the latest school to eliminate the entire cost of tuition and fees for low-income students. Not only that, the program ingeniously encourages students to complete their degree.

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Long story short, I was accepted on a partial scholarship to an all-girls school in 9th grade. My family lost everything last year and we fell into debt with the school. Unless we pay it off, they won’t even release my transcripts and I can’t graduate. My sister started this campaign to help me, and with every penny raised I have more hope that I can graduate high school and attend college. Please, PLEASE, if you can donate a dollar, do. I’m not past begging at this point. I just want to graduate.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this.

Okay so since I keep my tumblr a little semi-anon this is a lot of info I’m about to give out so here goes:

I was born in San Luis Potosi, Mexico and was brought to the U.S. at the age of 6 to central Texas where I’ve grown up for the rest of my life. I attend Texas State University as a Geography (GIS) major & German minor.

I’m currently having financial troubles regarding my university tuition. Because of my severe depression and undocumented status I will be charged as an out-of-state student come my senior year. As an undocumented students this is incredibly expensive and my family and I can no longer afford it. I’m desperate at this point because I truly don’t want to drop out when I’m so close to finishing. Please help me finish my senior year of university. In my GoFundMe page I have added more details about myself.

My GoFundMe page: http://www.gofundme.com/txstsenior
& paypal: k.rod91@yahoo.com

Please reblog.

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Obama Announces Proposal for Two Free Years of Community College

President Barack Obama said on Thursday he would offer a proposal in his State of the Union speech that would make two years of community college free for anyone willing to work for it.

Obama said in a video message released by the White House that in a visit to Tennessee on Friday he would announce the program to make community college accessible for everyone.

Under the proposal, students who attend at least half-time, maintain a 2.5 GPA while in college, and make steady progress toward completing their programs would have their tuition eliminated.

The White House said the program would be taken in partnership with states and was inspired by new programs in Tennessee and Chicago. If all states participate, an estimated 9 million students could benefit. A full-time community college student could save an average of $3,800 in tuition a year. 

An American family earning the median household income would have to work for nearly five and a half years to pay for an undergraduate degree at NYU — and that’s assuming the household in question doesn’t frivolously spend any of that income on things like housing or food.

Stanford just made tuition free for families earning less than $125,000 per year

  1. Stanford University will provide free tuition to parents of students who earn less than $125,000 per year — and if they make less than $65,000, they won’t have to contribute to room and board costs either.
  2. Students are still expected to pay $5,000 toward college costs from summer earnings and working part-time while enrolled in college.
  3. The announcement is an expansion of Stanford’s old financial aid policy, which previously applied to students from families making less than $100,000 per year.
  4. Most universities can’t afford to offer such generous financial aid to their students. But they could draw a lesson from the plan’s simplicity.

How Stanford’s financial aid works

If a student’s parents make less than $125,000 per year, and if they have assets of less than $300,000, excluding retirement accounts, the parents won’t be expected to pay anything toward their children’s Stanford tuition. Families with incomes lower than $65,000 won’t have to contribute to room and board, either.

Students themselves will have to pay up to $5,000 each year from summer earnings, savings, and part-time work. There’s no rule that parents can’t cover their students’ required contribution.

Why other colleges can’t do this

Stanford is one of the world’s richest universities, with an endowment of $21 billion.

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One of the weirdest things about America for me is your higher education system. I just can't believe how much going to uni costs. It's ridiculous! Here in Germany I pay 280$ for a whole semester which includes a public transport pass for the whole region. And I don't need to buy books bc they buy the important ones in bulk for the library. So a degree (if I finish in time) would only be 1.680$/3years. I would never go to uni with the prospect of being several 10k in debt afterwards.

The concept of free higher education or low-cost education is mind-blowing to Americans. I hope you guys know how lucky you are! Free/low-cost education would revolutionize America. I really hope we get there.

How does the world view the United States?

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College has gotten 12 times more expensive in one generation
Welcome back to school!

As bright-eyed college freshmen arrive on campus, they can look forward to accruing knowledge, independence, lifelong friendships—and serious bills. In the 2012-13 school year, first-year, on-campus tuition averaged $43,000 at four-year, private schools and $21,700 at in-state public schools.

It wasn’t always like this: The cost of undergraduate education is 12 times higher than it was 35 years ago, far outpacing inflation. While the indexed price of college tuition and fees skyrocketed by more than 1,122 percent since 1978, the cost of medical care rose less than 600 percent, and the cost of housing and food went up less than 300.

Back in 1993, 47 percent of college students graduated with debt, owing an average of $9,450 per grad. As tuition rates have shot up, so has student debt: 71 percent of the class of 2012 graduated with outstanding loans, owing an average of $29,400. That’s more than 65 percent of the entire first-year salary of an average recent grad…

That debt has lasting consequences. Households headed by a young adult (under 40) with a college education and student debt have a median net worth of just $8,700. Student debt constrains young people’s ability to start a business, buy a home, or pursue a public-interest career…