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I grew up in foster care, have no money and want to go to college.

asked 2015-08-03 22:56:43 -0800

Corey Travis gravatar image

updated 2015-08-11 09:08:25 -0800

Nancy gravatar image

Hi, my name is Corey Travis Lee. I am writing this letfter as a desperate way to reach out for help. I would like to share with you a little bit about myself. My passions in life are nature, science, physics, the origins of life, philosophy, music and much more.... I love to learn. But unfortunately I come from very poverty-stricken family. I also grew up in foster care, beaten and abused for a large portion of my h life. I was taken by the state at 5 years old. My grandma adopted me at 14. Then I dropped out of high school when I was in the 10th grade because I needed to care for my grandparents. My grandpa had 3 major strokes and my grandma had severe dementia. I had no choice. They lived very far in the woods, about 35 miles from the nearest store; they needed me. I love to learn, and it's my dream to go to collage, and with the life I was given I'm afraid college is only going to be a dream that is just too far out of reach. I need help so I can finally be a productive and beneficial citizen to our economy. And maybe someday I can even have a family of my own. Thank you for your time. 

   Sincerely, Corey Travis Lee,


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answered 2015-08-11 09:13:12 -0800

Marie gravatar image

Sounds tough Corey, good for you for wanting to change your life.

First things first: in order to go to college you will have to either finish high school or take classes to get a GED. Check your local area for those classes or enroll in high school. 

The federal Pell Grant Program is for people with little or no money who want to go to college, so this would be just right for you (once you get that diploma or GED). You apply for it by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and you will automatically win a grant if you are eligible, meet the income restrictions, and apply early enough. It's too early for you since you need that diploma, but you can take a quick look at what it takes to qualify for a Pell Grant here.

Hang in there, hope things start to turn around for you soon.

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