College Student Crowd-Sources Tuition At $4 A Pop On Facebook And Twitter

College Student Crowd-Sources Tuition At $4 A Pop On Facebook And Twitter
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Corey Arvinger, a student at Howard University, found out that he owed the school $14,000 while finishing up his 4th semester in 2012 — that’s $14,000 more than he or his family have. USA Today explains:

“I was a point away from meeting the [university’s minimum GPA] standard, basically because my time management was horrible,” he explained. “I was very involved on campus, so I put my organizations before my school work.”

When he was accepted back into the School of Business, where he was vice president of his class freshman year, Arvinger thought his financial-aid status was the same and that his tuition was covered.

Through a lack of communication with the university, he and his family were unaware that he had to reapply for financial aid within two weeks.

So he decided to raise money the 2013-way: reach out to as many people online as possible and hope they give you money.

One day at home, Arvinger was browsing his accounts on social media sites and brainstorming ways he could use them to get back to college. He realized that he had almost 4,000 Twitter followers and 10,000 friends on Facebook.

“I thought if I could get 14,000 people to give me $4, then I can get back to school,” he said.

With help from his friend and former resident hall assistant, David Castain, Arvinger created the website 4for1400.com to share his story and ask for donations to pay off his debt and go back to Howard. He hopes that visitors to his site can realize the great impact their small donation will have.

“People go to Starbucks and spend $4 easily, without even thinking about it,” he said. “If you can’t have Starbucks for one day, just one day, and put $4 toward the education of an African American who’s really trying to push to make himself better, then why wouldn’t you help?”

The only problem we see with this is that if this type of plea for help starts trending, helping hands won’t be so likely to help.

Paul Hudson | Elite. 

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A young writer, philosopher, and entrepreneur, Paul Hudson has been writing for Elite Daily nearly since the start. Currently located in Manhattan, Paul Hudson primarily devotes his time between writing for Elite Daily and the two entrepreneurial endeavors he is currently pursuing: a mining company in Turkey and a video content platform called lilHub. He loves sharing his life experiences with his readers and makes sure to practice what he preaches.

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