Help Amanda Stay In School

       My name is Amanda and I am currently enrolled at Colorado Technical University, online campus.  I am enrolled to get my bachelors degree in criminal justice, with the main focus being human services/addictions counseling. I have been enrolled for a year and a half now, and have completed 48% of my credits towards my degree.  The first year that I was enrolled I made large monthly payments to the school as part of my tuition, for the portion that my student loans and grants didnt cover.  That was when I was making more money than I am now. Then I was unemployed, my husband had an extensive knee surgery, but I worked out a way to take one less class and not have to pay. Up until recently that was working well.  
   I recently gave birth to our second child, she is still a newborn, and that added to my plate of finding a balance between family life, work life, and school life. In an effort to not flunk any of my classes I contacted the school in regards to taking one less class, yet again. The student advisory counselor made it sound like a great idea, and told me it would not effect me financially. 
   Unfortunately, she was wrong, and now, because I dropped another class, the grant that I had covering this terms tuition was partially dropped. The balance became due that day and now I am unable to generate transcript until I pay it.  I recently returned to work after 2 months off, and am working shorter hours than before so I  can be home with the baby more until she is older. I, sadly, can not afford the cost of the tuition they need right now. 

   My goal when I get my degree is to give back to the community that has given me so much, by helping the addiction crisis that runs rampant here. I grew up around people with alcoholism and addictions, and it hits really close to home for me. When I was taking classes for alcoholism, I told one of the counselors that I'd be interested in doing exactly what she was doing, and she pushed me to just follow through with my goal. Never have I once regretted that decision. Now that I have made it half way towards reaching my goal of obtaining this degree, it tears me apart thinking that I might have to withdraw from the school because I can not afford it anymore. 
     I quite honestly hate asking for help. I hate relying on other people. But I know that there are people out there who wish to see me doing well, and who would love to "invest" in my future, and thats why I gave in and created this campaign. I do not want to give up or give in.  I want to succeed, and with the kindness of your help, I may be able to do just that. 

- Thank you in advance, and from the bottom of my heart- 


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Amanda Purple 
Toledo, OR
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