College Tuition Fee

$2,590 of $8,000 goal

Raised by 62 people in 11 months
Kyle Pascual
on behalf of Noel Pascual
 LOS ANGELES, CA
My name is Kyle Martin Pascual and I'm a graduating senior at Eagle Rock High School. Ever since I first stepped on America's soil in 2013, I've always wanted to make a change. My parents sacrificed all of their belongings in the Philippines in order to escape the oppressive environment,  open up opportunities for their 3 children, and provide company to my last living grandmother who has fought and beaten cancer twice. Going into a new country, it sure was not easy to adapt to its unique culture. I had to learn two completely new languages at once - English and Spanish - while taking numerous College-level AP classes in 4 years. I knew I had to do my best in order to achieve my goals. So I devoted a huge part of myself to Eagle Rock High School. I joined the Volleyball program and am currently the captain of one of the best teams in the city. After only 4 years of being on the team, I have spent an accumulated time of around 3-4 thousand hours playing Volleyball. Despite the tremendous hours, I was still able to get a cumulative GPA of 4.3. I was also a part of the Class Officers from freshmen to senior year. I served hours of community service through key club and played a vital role as a Division Spirit Coordinator.  After taking 10+ AP classes, I was given the AP Scholar Award for passing several AP exams. Overall, I was able to push myself past my limit despite the obstacles I had to face throughout.  Now, it's time to continue my journey in the College level.

However, my current status hinders me from pursuing my dreams. I am an international student holding an F-2 visa(dependent of an F-1) which I can later on switch to an F-1(International student visa) when I attend college. Colleges of all sorts, including community colleges and Cal State Universities, triple the tuition I would have to pay to attend their institution. A community college would cost me an extra $200 per unit on top of the $50 per unit fee while a CSU would cost me an extra $400 per unit and additional non-resident tuition fee on top of the resident tuition fee. Coming from a low income family background with a net income of ~$35,000 in a household of 6 people, I certainly can not pay for any sort of public college in the United States. My visa does not let me work in the US and makes me inelegible for Federal loans which makes it nearly impossible for me to come up with the money. Unfortunately, I also do not get any kind of financial aid; FAFSA is only for US residents, and the Dream Act is only for undocumented students.  So for these reasons, I reach out to every single one of you to help me pursue my dreams in the first year of college.

If the goal is met, I would be able to attend the California State University, Northridge. They would charge me ~$15,000 in tuition fees. Though my parents could pay around $5,000, I am hoping for possible scholarships and donations from local businesses which I wrote letters to. Every single penny will be spent on my tuition. I will not pay for any other fees for books or room and board. I will be responsible for finding ways to access information either from borrowed books or online. I will either commute or find a place to live in around the area, possibly with a friend. Donations of any amount is wholeheartedly appreciated whether it be $1, $5, or $100. Please help me continue the hard work I have started in Eagle Rock High School on to Cal State Northridge. It will be a dream come true that I will truly cherish forever.
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A couple months ago, I was as eager and anxious as every other senior waiting for their college decisions to come out. I had high hopes of getting admitted to a private school that would offer financial aid that I needed, but at the same time, I knew it wasn't probable. For a couple static months of college processing, I couldn't help but to stay active. I applied for a handful of private scholarships that were open to people of my status and I started to fundraise by selling food which was later turned down by the school administration. However, I never reached a comfort zone. I felt weak. Frivolous. Hopeless. I didn't have a definite answer for what I am going to do after high school. When the idea of starting a Gofundme campaign first introduced to me, I was defensive. There's no way a person would attain excitement asking for money. Though it was embarrassing to think about, I considered it my last resort. When college decisions came out, I didn’t get the result I wanted. I was in distraught, similar to everyone else who got rejected from their dream school. At this point, all I could think about, along with my counselor, was to look for loopholes. Maybe I can do this, maybe I can do that. I started to feel like giving up, but people around me didn't. People cared about my situation more than I did. I felt how much every single one of them cared for me. So I promised to myself, that I will never give up no matter what happens in the future. I created this Gofundme campaign expecting that only a few people would donate. But I was completely wrong. People I care for donated, and people I have never met before did the same. Never in my life did I think that I will experience receiving such kindness from all kinds of people. With the money I have received so far, I am now able to pay for the first semester in CSUN. I'm grateful beyond words for your kindness and I promise to repay you with a successful contribution on my part. Every single penny will be reimbursed with consistent hard work and undying determination in the future. I can't thank you all enough for giving me hope. May God bless you all.
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Varsity team from last year
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Varsity Volleyball team
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Suzanne Smith
10 months ago

I:m excited to hear that you will attend CSUN in the fall! I firmly believe that there are many schools that can help us meet our goals, and that transferring later can be a very viable option. The important thing is that you are on your path, and there are exciting opportunities in your future. Best of luck to you!

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$2,590 of $8,000 goal

Raised by 62 people in 11 months
Created March 26, 2017
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RQ
$20
Rayna Qiu
2 months ago

Your determination is admirable. Keep going for it!

JR
$5
Justin Rodriguez
9 months ago

I forgot to comment but I love u Kyle <3

$5
Anonymous
10 months ago
$25
Michelle Youngblood Jarman
10 months ago

Got paid again - so I returned! Slowly but surely - you can get there!

$20
Anonymous
10 months ago
PA
$100
Paul Aguilar
10 months ago

Good things will come soon.

Suzanne Smith
10 months ago

I:m excited to hear that you will attend CSUN in the fall! I firmly believe that there are many schools that can help us meet our goals, and that transferring later can be a very viable option. The important thing is that you are on your path, and there are exciting opportunities in your future. Best of luck to you!

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