“People are willing to help if you ask them.”

The average income for my family was probably under 35 thousand. That’s enough money to, you know, live with a family of four, but then when it comes to sending your kids to college and things like that? That is not enough money because the rate the tuition is nowadays.

I think high school kids don’t realize how much financial aid is actually available to them. If you actively research, and do your own research on the topic of financial aid using websites, using, again, your financial aid office, you will find out that there are tons of opportunities. There are people with a lot of money who are willing to help you out if you just ask them for help.

I found a lot of opportunities for funds that were available to students like me with low income families. And basically a lot of them require essays. So that’s what deters kids a lot of the times. Honestly, all of the essays are mostly 500 words and under, so it’s a page — a page and a half. And, I mean, if you’re paid from anywhere from one thousand to five thousand dollars for these scholarships to write an essay, I think that is very easy work for that amount of money.
[End of Audio]