Online Student Heidi Needs Government Grant To Repay Student Loan
(Allegan, MI, USA)
I am enrolled as a student at Axia College of University of Phoenix. I'm looking for a government grant to repay a student loan.
I was under the impression from my financial aid counselor that my school was being paid for by a grant, however when I received a statement from Wachovia two months ago, I found out they are actually borrowing money from a loan, which must be paid back.
My Phoenix financial advisor said she was "sorry for the misunderstanding." Not half as sorry as I am since now I owe $10,000. I do not have a way to pay this back.
I am living off Social Security Disability and my long-term pension from work. I am unable to work; here is my diagnosis:
Cervical degenerative joint disease
Cervical degenerative disk and joint disease at multiple levels
Chronic pain syndrome
Disc protrusion/extrusion at C7/T1
Right C5-C6 and C7-T1 radiculopathy
Moderate to severe bilateral neural foraminal narrowing with compression of the bilateral exiting C7 nerve roots
Right upper extremity weakness/neuropathy
Chronic back pain
Panic disorder with agoraphobia
I am paralyzed in my right hand and can type with only one finger -- my left hand is OK. I can sit at the computer for an hour at a time without having to take a break.
Despite my disabilities, I find I am able to go to school online -- it takes up my whole day and night -- but I have shown that I can do it. I have one more class then I will have my associate's degree.
My hope is that maybe if I could earn my masters degree, that I could become an online teacher and get off social security disability someday -- I do not know if anyone would hire me with my diagnosis, hospitalizations, and medical history -- but it is worth a try.
In the meantime, I think it is very advantageous not only to myself and those around me, but also to the community in which I live, to be an educated individual and contribute my share.
I am asking that my student load be paid and that I may receive a government grant to further my education up to my master's degree. My current GPA is 3.97.