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How One Girl Raised $5,000 In 1 Day To Fund Her College Tuition


We all know college is very expensive and a privilege to even have a chance at. For Boston University student, Alexis Felix, that financial burden began to hit hard. Alexis is a top student with a 3.78 GPA, she tutors elementary schoolers, holds a research position at a consulting company, and dances as a member of BU’s Latin dance team so we know she is getting the most out of her university experience.

Unfortunately, this semester Alexis’ parents just weren’t able to pay her tuition. After speaking with BU administration they told her she was out of financial aid options. Alexis did not give up. She created a GoFundMe page to raise money, saying, “I have worked exceptionally hard to make it here and I am proud to say that I am making the most of my college experience … I love my school and am doing well here academically, socially and emotionally. However, I am not doing well financially.”

Alexis didn’t anticipate meeting her goal at all or if she did, she expected it would take months but within 27 hours she had raised the $5,000 she needed for the semester. As of now she has raised $7,185. Alexis was pretty ecstatic to be able to stay in school and overwhelmed by the kindness of strangers, “Today you all showed me that there is love in this world and that hard work is never in vain no matter how hopeless a situation seems … You all are incredible and I will pay every cent forward as I continue on the road to success.”

It’s always great to hear about stories like this where people really do care about each other and are willing to extend even the tiniest bit of kindness to put someone on a righteous path. Never give up on your dreams or ambitions and never be afraid to ask for help.

    Emerald is an editor at CollegeCandy, lover of coffee, and pretend francophile. After studying writing and popular culture at NYU she decided to be a grownup and get a job. Tweet at ya' girl @EmeraldGritty.