Bipolar And ADD Disabled Xavier Seeks School Grants And Student Debt Forgiveness
by Xavier McDonald
(Phoenix, Arizona, USA)
I am a 23-year-old student. I live with my father. I attend Arizona State University in pursuit of a BA in Digital Culture with an emphasis in Music.
I'm a musician and I am currently trying to channel my talents into creating a career for myself. On top of school, I have an internship designing audio for a video game.
I was diagnosed with Bipolar 2 Disorder and ADD in 2010. I take five different medications for my bipolar disorder. I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder after a manic episode that lasted several months, followed by a deep depression.
I currently see a psychologist and psychiatrist.
I have been in school and worked part-time for four years. My disorder has made it incredibly difficult to finish my degree. It seems every semester I am halted by a depressive episode at some point.
This semester I have done very well up until about a month ago. I have cycled into a depressive episode. I just quit my part-time job in an effort to salvage my semester.Financial Hardship
I receive financial aid in the form of loans and I am already $44,000 in debt. I have approximately two years of school remaining.
I worry for my financial future and present expenses.
The reason I worked was to pay for parking fees for school, my medications, psychologist and psychiatrist expenses, food expenses, and school expenses (monthly software subscriptions for my curriculum).
I received a notification recently from my university stating that I am reaching my Federal Stafford Loan Limit. If I reach this limit I may be denied further federal loans.Income Efforts
I just quit my part-time job in an effort to salvage my semester. I have worked all through school up until now.
Living with my dad helps me out a lot but I still have personal expenses.
I want to work but have realized that I am unable to get through my school curriculum and work at the same time.Specific Needs
I want to obtain grants for school. I am also seeking student loan forgiveness.
I want to be able to cover my personal expenses while finishing school.
I also want advice for a specific issue. I attended Northern Arizona University for five semesters. Only a fraction of the classes I took transferred to Arizona State University. I want to fight this. That was my money wasted and if there is a possible way to make the university accept those credits I want to pursue it.