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Students, parents face challenges in paying for school

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- At the University of North Florida one stop services center, you will find students looking for more funding sources. That's where we found Talmia Burr.

"I may only have one more term," said Burr, "then I will have to be responsible for the tuition myself."

Burr's college education was interrupted by parenthood. She has returned to school and has used up her Pell Grant eligibility.

"I never knew that you had a limit," she said.

Burr said she may have to work to earn money to pay for her education. She refuses to apply for a student loan.

"I was that close to being finished," said Burr.

While First Coast News was talking with Burr, UNF's Financial Aid
director called her into her office to see what other funding sources
are available to help her get her college degree.

Commercial Realtor Dustin VanAntwerp knows the cost of a college education. Her son is a freshman in Mount Union College in Ohio.

"If you don't find the right school in Florida and if the sports program happens to be out of state," said Van Antwerp, "you are stuck with many more costs than you normally would be.

Van Antwerp said she and her husband are doing what it takes to make it possible.

"I went into this knowing we will need some help from family members and we have that," said Van Antwerp, "I hope we can pull it off over the next three years."

In her case, it is not only the out-of-state tuition and fees, it is the meal plan, the transportation costs and the list goes on.

"We're borrowing more than we had had he stayed in state," she said.

VanAntwerp said they are cutting costs by buying books online. Their plan is to make it work.

"It is daunting, very daunting. I don't think you are actually prepared," VanAntwerp said.

First for You, FCN's Hero Next Door Students program is offering eleven scholarships to students.

Ten students will each receive a $1,000 scholarship and one student will receive a $5,000 scholarship.

Eligibility is simple. Applicants must be 13 to 18 years of age, maintain a 3.0 GPA or better and show strong community service. Click here to learn more.


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