The divorce of his parents while he was still in high school turned Ben's world upside down. He didn't know if he'd still be able to go to college as he'd always planned — until he got the good news from Federal Student Aid.
When my parents got divorced, I was in a position where I felt like I had to be there for my mother. She had a daughter going to college. She was trying to get her degree herself, work and, you know, keep her family from falling apart.
We ended up finding out about Federal Student Aid.
I completed the process, much because she was behind me the whole time.
I can actually remember walking into the kitchen, and my mom is there and she's got the, you know, letter in front of her.
And I read through it, and here I've got my Federal Student Aid award. I'm going to school.
I think you can dream big, and you can think about what you want to do with your life, but eventually you're going to have to, you know, build that bridge to the next step.
Federal Student Aid was that bridge.
My name is Ben, and this is my story.