The Need is Great
While the national economy has shown signs of stabilizing, families across the country are still struggling. The number of appeals to the university's financial aid office for more assistance rises every day.
One Parent's Appeal:I am in a desperate need for every help I can get. This past two years had been the worst years for us as a family. I have been separated from Dahna's father, and my family is suffering greatly from this situation. I am the only breadwinner in the house, and I have only a part-time job since I can't find a full-time job in this hard economy. I was laid off a year ago and denied unemployment.
I am losing my home; it is going to go for foreclosure. I am late with the mortgage payment, and there is no way I will ever be able to pay it.
Dahna is an excellent student. She loves school, and I am afraid that I will not be able to afford her tuition for next year. I have nothing else to do at this point but to beg for you help.
Many Families Face Crises:The steady flow of appeals into our financial aid office tells the story of financial struggles being experienced across the country.
"My position, which was held for over 15 years, was terminated."
"I am writing to request financial assistance for my daughter ... My department was outsourced."
"My salary was cut by $50,000 in December ... Jason is considering moving back home to help ease the financial burden."
"The money we saved for our daughter to attend college and our regular savings account have been depleted because we used them to pay bills during an unemployment."
"My husband is in the building materials sales industry. He works on commission and is not currently receiving any income."