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I Am a Poor College Kid

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    I've been at a university

    for 3 1/2 years. I'm in the Fall semester of my senior but I'm so tired. The struggle of the last 3 years is finally taking its toll on me. I've been tired of being a broke college girl trying to keep up with the college life since I started. I'm financially responsible for...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Nov 18, 2014

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    AND I Have to Appeal My Financial Dependency

    INTRO: I'm a poor criminal law and folklore, I'm receiving nothing but grief from a selfish "guardian", and I haven't set foot on that property in nearly 2 years.    To make things quick, I have to apply for FAFSA aka the lifeforce of most college educations...
    hae hae 22-25, F 4 Responses Jul 16, 2009

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    Loans

    Well, I created this group to see if there were others like me and its comforting to know that there are other poor college kids out there! I am very fortunate to be going to a great University, however, its costing me a great chunk of change. I am the first out my family to go...
    YellowstoneLady YellowstoneLady 18-21, F 1 Response Oct 19, 2007

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    So Poor I Had To Drop Out

    Only had one semester of college. Be fortunate your even in college, folks
    FortyTheRapper FortyTheRapper 22-25, M 1 Response Oct 20, 2012

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    Paying Til I Die

    i am doing collage all on student loans.  over $100k at this point and just took another $20k for stuff... bills, bills, and bills.....  I'm never going to get them paid off, i swear, but its better then not going to school.... i just have to get a good job when I'm...
    destiny420 destiny420 22-25, F 2 Responses Aug 3, 2008

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    Hungry and Tired

    Well, obviously I'm pretty much broke and in school. I live in a closet-sized aparmtment with one other person and work a part time job in the heat of Phoenix just so I can pay to live in my over-priced closet with a leaky toilet. This week is the first time in about a year...
    Captainwinky Captainwinky 22-25, F Sep 6, 2007

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    In a Bad Family

    I was born in a bad family. I always want to study but they don't support me.dey always make me hopless n uneasy. They don't care how many lesson I have learn. but I shouldn't blame them because I live with my sister N brother-in-law.N my  mum don't have enough money for me...
    simpleone simpleone 16-17, F 1 Response Aug 18, 2007

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    Well Actually...

    I think that with the loans, I'm pretty well off. Living at home (in the UK) going to a uni down the road, I have all the loan types, and was able to get the grants, and my Mum doesn't want rent until I've finished my driving lessons. I'm on roughly £70 a week, and I have...
    Kadini Kadini 18-21, F Oct 21, 2007

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    Dosent Help That Im Jobless

    But with the help of my dad who lets me stay at home for free, im able to make it through. He also gives me gas money. The problem will be if i decide to go off to law school afterwords... thats when the struggling will realy begin >_> **UPDATE** I have a job but the pay is...
    Krie Krie 22-25 1 Response Mar 31, 2010

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    Not Anymore

    When i was in college i couldnt even afford my dinner!! I couldnt get a job as my college was pretty far away so i was out of town from 7:45 - 6:30 N after all the college work i was doing i was just to knackered!!! Most days i wasnt given money for food n i once shared...
    sazead sazead 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 8, 2007

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    I am at college now. I'm trying to save on

    everything, because my parents work hard to provide my studies at City College. I dress in second hand for the second year, but I like it now, because that's where you can find good things for a small price!... But yesterday I was lucky and I was invited to a birthday party. I...
    skibkan skibkan 18-21, F 1 Response Jun 22

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    Right now I go to a Community College,

    but plan to transfer to a University to complete my undergrad. Trying to get a bachelor's in Biology then apply for P.A school. (Hopefully) I get in. People throw shade to Community College students, but I think we have the majority of real world problems that aren't normally...
    elephantastic elephantastic 22-25, F Jan 27, 2014

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    I'm a Poor, Ranting, College Student

    i moved into an apartment b/c it was close by school and work... but i was stupid b/c the apt. costs nearly 2/3 of my monthly rent, not to mention things i need like food:phone:etc. i have been trying to get out of the lease b/c recently a more affordable apt. place opened up...
    lookinggood4you lookinggood4you 18-21, F Aug 30, 2007

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    Tuition Reimbursement!!

    Ok! I started my college degree when I worked for Verizon Wireless, and my recommedation to everyone who like me is in college - is to go work for Verizon Wireless if you can! Full time they give you 8,000 annually tuition reimbursement with no strings attached...
    mirage0egarim mirage0egarim 22-25, F 3 Responses Nov 2, 2008

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    Gonna Get Poorer-er

    I'm about to put myself in some major debt. The government sucks, the state sucks, cuz federal and state aid barely even scrape tuition. I am going to transfer to 2nd best art school in the nation.. $29,000 a year... thank GOD I'm only going for a year and a half. Me and my...
    sweetnightmare sweetnightmare 26-30, F 1 Response Oct 24, 2007

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    Getting By

    Not having family in this country it's pretty scary sometimes trying to make ends meet. But I'm always able to do it somehow... Can't wait until I find a way to make money and still leave my free time available... lol
    SmoothBabe SmoothBabe 22-25, F Dec 30, 2011

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    No Green Card = No Green

    I wouldn't be so poor if I hadnt stupidly decided to attend college in another country. With no green card, and not enough work on campus, I cant really work except for summers, when and if I go home. I suppose its my own fault, but at least it measn im buying less food, which...
    captncannuck captncannuck 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 19, 2007

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    Money Buys Opportunity

    In our country, it is customary for the parents to provide financial support for their children's education even until college. In my family, i can not have a boyfriend until i reach the age of eighteen.   I am not a materialistic person. The only real thing that...
    miss1in6bliss miss1in6bliss 22-25, F 2 Responses Dec 17, 2008

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    Yikes!

    I seriously never thought I'd hate PB & J....I was wrong.
    vinividivici21 vinividivici21 22-25, F 14 Responses Aug 4, 2008

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    I'm raising money for College 2014-2015

    semester. Click to Donate: http://www.gofundme.com/qe6aaaa4 #gofundme
    blindangel92 blindangel92 22-25, F Mar 31

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    An Impecunious Collegiate Meal

    I kid you not, this is a picture of one of my meals last week:    
    zeligocity zeligocity 22-25, M 6 Responses Aug 3, 2008

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    Just started my new semester of college I have two more left before transferring it's already stressful because one of my professors wants us to have all of our books by the end of...
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    Freshman in college starting tomorrow... I'll be honest I feel really nervous and somewhat scares XP I know I shouldn't but college is different than high school and I'm not going...
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    I remember wearing a lot of hand-me-downs from my brother, even though I'm a girl. I remember my parents buying my toys at the dollar store. One time, I got a toy from an actual...
    hiddenkitty hiddenkitty 18-21, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    When I graduated highschool, my (now ex) boyfriend told me that he didn't want me going to college for many reasons. I know it was just his insecurities talking, but by being...
    HollyMaria954 HollyMaria954 18-21, F Aug 20

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    Going back to college after a two year break... Started working and just didn't have the drive... now I want to finish so that I can do better... Experience with the college I...
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    my husband and i for married last year. I hate kids, particularly the young ones. I don't mind them as much if they're older, as long as they behave. however, my husband wants kids...
    gingerru gingerru 18-21, F 4 Responses Aug 20

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    I think some people shouldn't have kids. I'm not trying to be mean or rude, but I think in many casses, it's simply irresponsible. It's irresponsible as a inhabitor or this planet...
    FallenButterflies FallenButterflies 18-21, F 3 Responses Aug 19

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    I dropped my 18 year old daughter off at her college 700 miles away on Sunday. I was nothing but excited for her until we arrived at the hotel. I started to feel a sadness creeping...
    ratcatg ratcatg 46-50, M Aug 18

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    Actually, I now have 3 kids in college. One is married with kids of her own. The next three are in college (all prestigious private universities) and one left at home. We just...
    SubSided SubSided 46-50, F 4 Responses Aug 18

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    Although this might be a little TMI, I become absolutely obsessed with having kids and babies a week and a half after my period ends. I literally get so excited over what I am...
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    so today is my last official day of summer. i start my first class, academic strategies, tomorrow. i'm kinda excited and nervous at the same time, i'm glad to be out of high school...
    randomgirl42 randomgirl42 18-21, F 7 Responses Aug 17

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    My oldest son leaves for college in a week for the first time. I feel like a part of my life is over. I know it is a happy time and yes, I am very excited for him to begin this...
    Italy4me Italy4me 46-50 1 Response Aug 17

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    I guess I just need a place to write this down because nobody else I talk to seems to have this problem. First off, the school is pretty nice. I never really connected 100% with...
    Anonymous0730 Anonymous0730 18-21 3 Responses Aug 16

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