Tuition funding

Tuition funding

From Abby O

I’m raising money to complete my final year of my masters degree in Public Policy, Management and Law. Due to funding cuts on grants and financial aid loans, I'm unable to pay my tuition and meet some daily expenses

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With the new provincial government, several funding cuts have been made to the Ontario Student Financial Assistance Program (OSAP) resulting in reduced opportunities for grants and access to financial aid which has affected many students including myself. Since I have not been able to access grants or financial aid this year, I find myself stranded and unable to pay for my final year of school, much of which additionally assists with daily living expenses such as rent, textbooks, transportation etc. when attending school full-time.

This has been a year of deep significant losses for me, so much sadness, stress and anxiety with no where really to turn. Loosing my dearest and most beloved aunt to brain cancer, student debt, no savings, and the associated anxiety, and depression that comes from that. I’ve been the top of my class in every stage of school, from my high school to undergraduate degree, I worked hard to access scholarships and yet, it's never been enough. 

I am asking for your help today. No amount is too small, in fact every dollar means a positive step ahead for me. I wish you many positive things ahead as you contribute towards my cause. 

It may be hard to picture what my life is like at the moment, but I live pay check to pay check. I have never understood what deep depression felt like, but now I know it's the kind where you wake up and you're sad because it's another day you have to get through. It's the kind that getting out of bed feels like the hardest thing you'll ever have to do, where pretending to "have it together" is something that you work on while in the shower, smiling so that strangers don't catch on to your whiff.  It's the kind where the anxiety is so palpable, it manifests itself physically;  my chest  feels like it's caving in, its the kind where i'm only at peace within those few hours i'm able to access a deep sleep and my mind has shut off.   

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