Struggling to Pay for College? Tell Us Your Story

Are you struggling to pay off student loans? Or, are you wrestling with how you’ll finance your college education?

You’re not alone. Our nation’s collective student debt now exceeds $1 trillion. Millions of Americans are trying to cope with college costs that are skyrocketing at a pace nearly twice as fast as healthcare expenses and four times faster than inflation.

If you’re in this situation, we want to hear about your experience.  We also want you and your friends to know you’re not alone.

Stories are powerful levers for change: Tell us your experience about the challenge of paying college.
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158 Thu Dec 19 16:30:09 EST 2013 Margo Wright Yes, Keep Pell! My experience is without pell I would not have been able to go back to school. I lost my 17 year old son to violence and we were both accepted to college at the same time. I called my self More....
157 Mon Sep 02 19:52:56 EDT 2013 ryan mills Hey my NAME IS RYAN. MILLS , YES IM STRUGGLING TO PAY MY STUDENT LOANS IM LIVING FROM CHECK TO CHECK EVERY WEEK IM A SINGLR PARENT OF A THREE YEAR OLD DAUGHTER N NOW IM STRUGGLING TO PAY HER TUITION FOR More....
156 Mon Jun 03 23:35:55 EDT 2013 wendy Murphree My name is wendy murphree and I have a learning disability. When I start college in the fall of 2006 I have problems pass my classes. Pell Grant stop paying for college classes and I can not afford paying More....
155 Mon Mar 04 20:13:20 EST 2013 Hannah Haggins SInce Obama's proposed cuts I am now a couple months shy of graduating and imagine my surprise when I learned that my pell for the fall and spring semester has been retracted, I am a single unemployed More....
154 Mon Feb 25 21:15:28 EST 2013 Miguel Barajas Good evening, even tough I have yet to receive the Pell Grant I am planning to because I recently submitted my FAFSA. I believe the Pell grant should not be taken out because I think without it I will More....
153 Sat Feb 16 21:55:32 EST 2013 Christina Hall My mother has a heart condition and the bills pile up on us a lot.I'm worried about going to college and not having enough to pay for it or for my mom to give up medications to get me through college.Please More....
152 Mon Feb 11 17:47:29 EST 2013 Fiona Walker I don't graduate from high school for two years but I'm already drowning in the knowledge that there's a slim chance that I'll be able to go to the college I want. My parents own and operate their own More....
151 Tue Jan 15 22:56:40 EST 2013 Zackary Johnson Hi, my name is Zack(ary). I am a strong supporter for the Pell Grant Assistance Program. many people, especially where I grow up, can't afford college tuition. I mean have you checked those rates More....
150 Sun Jan 13 12:34:09 EST 2013 Brandi Mcbrayer I'm a student who will be starting college this coming fall. My parents are unable to pay any of my college fund, and I'm currently applying for ANY scholarships and grants available. This grant is the More....
149 Thu Nov 08 10:11:31 EST 2012 Amber Eaton College was always "the thing you did after high school". There was no option if I wanted to get a decent job. I have always wanted to go into Criminal Justice and so I am in my second year of college More....
148 Sun Nov 04 01:04:48 EST 2012 Jose Duran Currently I am paying for college alone. I did not receive anything when I applied for FAFSA last year. I wanted to pay for college alone so my parents would not have to. It has been hard for me, but I More....
147 Sat Oct 27 08:53:40 EDT 2012 Vernon Walker
146 Fri Oct 26 15:51:59 EDT 2012 Kachina Jordan I am currently unable to afford to go to college full time because I dont have a college fund,and my parents cant afford to pay much tuition. A larger Pell grant would most definitely help me in following More....
145 Thu Oct 04 12:56:45 EDT 2012 Amanda Tilley I am fortunate enough to receive the Pell Grant. Every day I am reminded of how grateful I am because I have several friends who no longer qualify. Its sad to see that the people who came out of a poor More....
144 Thu Oct 04 10:21:01 EDT 2012 Erika Gonzalez At this point I care more about my career than my health. Since I'm paying school, I don't have money to get proper and enough food, go to the doctor, or just enjoy my life and havve fun time to time. More....
143 Sun Sep 02 21:00:43 EDT 2012 olivia blomdahl I'm scared that I won't be able to afford to collge because i'm not rich or smart.
142 Mon Aug 27 21:21:13 EDT 2012 Brendan O'Dell 203 -->202my mother is trying to get through college and get a better job, and we've been living below the poverty line for as long as i can remember. without it, we'd have no hope of ever having a stable income.
141 Sun Aug 19 20:33:44 EDT 2012 Krystal Weatherford I start college tomorrow, and without the Pell Grant, I wouldn't be. I joined the military, but was injured in boot camp and got sent home, which caused me to lose my G.I. Bill. Thankfully, with the Pell More....
140 Mon Aug 06 01:27:47 EDT 2012 Alyshia Jones I graduated in May 2012 with 120 other students that either couldn't afford to go to college or joined the military to support their education. I opted out of joining our forces because I had a guaranteed More....
139 Sat Aug 04 18:13:14 EDT 2012 Sarah Mirabile Without this Grant, I would not be able to attend the college of my choice nor pursue my dream to become a psychologist.
138 Fri Jul 27 07:44:22 EDT 2012 caitlyn kleinman I graduated in May of 2012, going to Cornell in a month. I am still out $9,000 of the tuition, but can't get a loan through a bank because my parents don't have enough lines of credit (we don't use More....
137 Wed Jul 25 22:44:55 EDT 2012 Tyler Kee Without the access to a grant I will not be able to attend college and contribute my talents to society.
136 Wed Jul 18 04:58:33 EDT 2012 Zachary Mallory
135 Sat Jul 07 18:31:15 EDT 2012 Joshua Evans
134 Wed Jun 13 17:36:46 EDT 2012 Jennie Taddia I just graduated high school last week. My dream is to go to college in January of 2013 and train to become an early childhood education teacher. Right now, I don't see that happening unless I receive More....
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