Struggling to Pay for an Education

Tuition rates can be excessive. I’ve come to learn how quickly colleges and universities increase that amount yearly. Paying for college is one of the biggest challenge to graduating. You receive a degree after working hard for four years, only to realize that you now owe an incredible amount of money with no guaranteed job to pay for it.  

College has become financially unattainable for middle class students, and with tuition increasing yearly it’s putting them at an even greater disadvantage. This is beyond backwards. Teens who are willing to work hard to get into colleges and universities should be allowed to go after their dreams and become successful, changing the course of their lives and the expectations society sets for them. These students often struggle to balance college studies, family, friends, work, caring for parents or siblings, and obtaining basic necessities. Many low income students face unexpected financial matters or personal situations that cause them to drop out.


I was able to work directly with Professor Lancor from Southern Connecticut State University to create The Kamran Farid ‘15 Help & Hand Fund. This organization is set up to help middle to low class students with short-term, unexpected hardships, continue their education. The Help and Hand Fund has helped students with meal plans, bus passes, new eyewear, rent payments, and so much more. It has helped many students and single parents who struggle to be able to provide a better future for their family and themselves.


Students struggling with expenses to pay for college and basic necessities pose a serious problem in today’s society. If you or someone you know is looking into local colleges or universities in your community, check to see if there are any opportunities for you to be the next person to make a difference in someone’s life. Even just a little amount donated can go a long way.