Help An Iranian Couple Finish Their Studies
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It is a simple yet complicated story of this wonderful young couple I know from Iran currently living and studying in the United States. They decided to strike out leaving family and everything behind for a new life in the US and having saved a considerable amount of money before they came here, they hoped that the funds they had would be adequate. However, their own funds were mostly depleted and they decided to get a student loan to see them through their objectives. As non-U.S. citizens and non-citizen permanent residents, they had to go through a frustrating process and facing numerous problems (such as finding a U.S. citizen cosigner as well as being rejected by four out of five public and private institutions solely on the account of being from Iran, a country which was under strict financial sanctions at the time) to get approved for a loan. But when it came time to get the funds, for reasons unexplained the loan had been cut to a much smaller amount than what they had primarily applied for. This made them borrow some money to make them able to supplement their livelihood for a longer while. To make this long story short, they are now only six months away from their graduations meaning two months from the Fall 2016 and the Spring 2017 semesters. Because of their student status, except for minimal wage work on the campus neither of them are eligible to have any outside employment at the present time. They do not need a huge sum of money but in looking at the matter, they will need between $12,000- $15,000 just to be able to stay together while they both complete their education. At the rate they are working while studying, there is a real risk they will not get their degrees in the six months that they had anticipated which means they will have no choice but to return home. Even though they are very close to their families and not being with them has been an enormous sadness for both of them, they have been resolute in wanting to get a good education here and returning to Iran at this point would be the end of their studies. They are living on an extremely stringent budget in a very expensive city and with a serious housing problem, now all of their plans are in jeopardy. All they need is to receive help which would assure the completion of their studies. They are so close and yet so far away...