PLEASE HELP ME GET BACK IN SCHOOL AND RESUME TAKING CLASSES ASAP!!!!!
I'm in a bit of a wretched situation right now - I'm an undergrad CUNY student who has been out of school for almost 2 years due to being in debt. I desperately want to attend school again and complete my degree!! The fall semester begins on August 27th of this year, and I refuse to let another semester pass by me - I've fallen behind on my education enough as it is. During my time at the two colleges I attended, I never paid for my tuition out of pocket; I come from a very low income family and thankfully, I was able to attend college due to financial aid (federal and state grants).
However, not soon after I began college, my mother relapsed into the manic phase of her mental illness. This took a huge toll on my family, myself included, since she is such an integral part of our family structure. Caring for her required almost all of my time, attention, and effort - Making sure she was safe and well took priority over my education, and I ended up failing or withdrawing from most of my classes for that reason. I am by no means a "bad" student - I even began college a year ahead of my peers due to graduating high school early. I've exhausted nearly every resource with my schools when it comes to resolving this issue, including filing a tuition appeal with my main school. Ultimately, I won't be able to register or attend any classes until I've paid off my debts. My tuition appeal was rejected because the money I owe was granted by the government, and my circumstances apparently weren't "extrenuating" enough. I've been searching for a job relentlessly ever since this happened, so I could save up and pay off my debts with my own money, but getting even the most basic minimum wage job has proven to be quite difficult.
Please, I implore anyone reading this to please donate!!! Even the smallest amount will help me get back in school that much quicker. I'm a second generation child and practically the only hope of my parents and siblings when it comes to our futures. I'm going to keep trying my best to earn money on my own, but saving up the amount I need could take a while. It is so, SO frustrating to see my future and dreams put on hold all because of a sum of money that some might even consider "small".