The daughter of a single mother, Charlie, always knew she would go to college. She also knew that finding a way to pay for it would be up to her.
My family struggled throughout a lot of my childhood, and it was assumed that while I would go to college, I would have to pay it for myself.
My mother worked in college administration, and she knew about Federal Student Aid; this was an excellent resource, and I couldn't pass it up.
When I received my acceptance letter, I ran into the house waving the papers yelling, "I got it, I got it, I got it, I got it, I got it!"
I don't think I quite realized… what a huge deal actually graduating was, and that didn't hit home to me until commencement day.
Federal Student Aid definitely made that happen.
My name is Charlie, and this is my story.