I come from one of the poorest parts of New York City, in the borough of Brooklyn. I am also one of three children in a single parent home; before moving to Brooklyn, my family actually spent time living in a shelter. Thanks to the federal Pell Grant Program, a scholarship from the school that I attend, and Federal Work-Study, I have been given the BEST opportunity of my life–the opportunity to attend one of the most prestigious liberal arts institutions in America, College of the Holy Cross, in Worcester, Massachusetts. Attending Holy Cross costs more than $52,000 a year and there is no way that I would ever have been able to attend this school without help. I am eternally grateful for the student aid that I receive because it has allowed me to be the first person in my family to attend college. I can say with confidence that had it not been for the financial aid that I receive to attain a higher education, I might not have the opportunity to make a better life for my family and me.

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