Funding for Tuition, Rent, Bills

As a first-generation college student at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, I rely mostly on financial aid and loans to pay for tuition. My older brother and sister rely on financial aid and student loans as well (except my older sister, who doesn't qualify). I had to drop last semester due to health reasons and have been home seeing doctors. Some kind people in the Yang Gang suggested I make a GoFundMe, and I wouldn't be doing this if it weren't for the fact that my mother recently lost her full-time nursing position due to her hospital closing. We received the unfortunate news while in Ghana visiting my family for the second time in my life. My father is nearly retired and has to stay in Ghana for the next few weeks to help out our family there. My father is a taxi-driver and has reached the age where he can't work as much as before.

I only need to complete 2 more semesters to obtain my bachelor's degree so I will be able to work full-time in order to take care of myself and my family. My mother is the main bread-winner of the household and is already overworked and sick herself. Still, her income won't be sufficient enough to pay for my tuition, rent, medical bills, along with my sisters, hers, and our family back home that rely on her as well.  I planned on registering for the upcoming spring semester but there's a financial hold on my account due to an outstanding balance. I was doing work-study to support myself at school to cover my own bills and expenses but doing so has elongated my time at the university. I also have a balance to pay for my housing at school since I haven't received financial aid yet. I have a medical bill due to seeing doctors while I was home getting better as well. I also have a credit card and phone bill due that is overdue. While I'm at home I drive my sister's car doing Uber to help pay some bills and would use the money towards car repairs. I know it's a lot to ask, but I appreciate any help provided and will provide updates! Also, if anyone can help with helping my mother finding a full-time RN position (preferably in a psychiatric department) in Chicago that would be even better!

https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2019/12/24/feds-pull-funding-from-chicago-lakeshore-hospital-amid-claims-of-child-abuse/ 

Tuition + Housing+Late Fees: $5,950
Rent (Family): $1,240
Medical Bill: $1,960
Car Repairs: $500
Utility Bills: $350
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Also shoutout to the Yang Gang for the love & support!

Donations

  • Anonymous 
    • $500 
    • 5 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $25 
    • 6 mos
  • De'Andre Bush 
    • $5 
    • 6 mos
  • Lisa Tiote 
    • $10 
    • 6 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $10 
    • 6 mos

Organizer

Estelle Forson 
Organizer
Chicago, IL
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