Lonnie Williams, age 37
My college journey began back in 2013. I was living in Wise, VA, working for Lowe’s. I made the decision that I wanted to go back to school, so I contacted the school and began the process to start in the spring of that year. After filling out the FASFA, I was excited to learn that I had been granted a few scholarships that were enough to cover my tuition. I had to cover the price of my books, and I was ok with that. The semester went great.
After completing my first semester, I was excited to begin my second. Because I had started in the spring, I had to complete the FASFA again for the fall. I was so excited and motivated because of how the previous semester had gone. You can’t imagine my disappointment when I learned that I made too much money to receive any scholarships – I was devastated. How could I make too much money when outside of my regular bills I didn’t have nearly enough to pay for college? Unfortunately, college had to take a back burner because I could not afford it.