Raising for Education
Organized by: Beatrice Jonnan
The Georgia high school senior wants to be a doctor. It's been her dream to study at the University of California in Los Angeles, where the pre-med program, access to a great hospital, and famous doctors on teaching staff would help her on her way to medical school. She got in, but was awarded no grants, only the option of taking out $2,000 in student loans. Her parents, who are an elementary school teacher and a headmaster of a high school, would be responsible for the full $58,000 in annual costs, nearly triple what the FAFSA calculator estimated as her family contribution. She knew she couldn't take on that debt if she wanted to go on to medical school, but turning down the place she worked for years to get into stung. "I stayed up late at night, made As to get in. What was the point of working so hard when I can't even go?" she said. "I did my part as a student, but my parents felt like they couldn't do their part as parents. It was heartbreaking for them."