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Working Full Time Student Needs Rental Assistance

My Story:

I am a single woman, living alone and working full time as a student and teaching fellow at the University of North Texas. I am pursuing my dream of earning my doctorate degree so that I can one day teach conducting and music education at the university level. I absolutely love my school and the work that I do, and conducting has always been a passion of mine. I also enjoy hiking, cooking, and love reading and attending concerts whenever I get the chance! I moved to Texas from Ohio two years ago to start my studies here, and I've loved it ever since.

As a teaching fellow, I earn a decent stipend for 9 months of the year from my school, and the rest of my costs are usually covered by scholarships and student loans. However, in order to graduate on time (May 2018), I need to take a summer class. I was informed that because I was only taking one class, I was not eligible for any financial aid of any kind, and was forced to pay for the class out of my own pocket. Unfortunately, I had just enough money saved to get me through the summer, but now I am short an entire month's rent, putting me in an unexpected financial bind. I need Modest Needs to help pay my July rent, which I will be unable to afford due to unexpected tuition fees. I needed to pay for a summer class this year in order to graduate on time, which forced me to dip into my savings for summer expenses.

This funding will allow me to make it through the summer, allowing me to both attend my summer class and pay my monthly expenses. Your help would make a huge difference in my ability to support myself as I prepare to enter the professional work force in one year. This has been my dream for a long time and now that I've almost achieved it, I have just this one financial setback to conquer.

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