Alexis Felix has a 3.78 GPA and once she graduates, she’ll become the first person in her family to with a degree. But the Boston University sophomore’s road to a college degree became a bit rocky when she learned she couldn’t afford tuition.
“I have worked exceptionally hard to make it here and I am proud to say that I am making the most of my college experience … I love my school and am doing well here academically, socially and emotionally. However, I am not doing well financially,” says Felix, who tutors elementary school kids in her spare time.
Once Felix learned that her family wouldn’t be able to pay the bill for her upcoming semester, and administrators told her that she was “out of options”, Felix sought out other creative solutions to pay for school.
Felix created a GoFundMe page in hopes of raising the $5,000 she needed to stay in school within the next two months.
“I thought it would take months, if at all,” she said.
Within 27 hours, Felix had raised $5,000 to remain at BU.
“Today you all showed me that there is love in this world and that hard work is never in vain no matter how hopeless a situation seems … You all are incredible and I will pay every cent forward as I continue on the road to success.” wrote Felix to her supporters.
Commenters on the page were happy to cheer Felix on and pay whatever they could.
“We don’t know each other, but I was touched by your courage, tenacity, and perseverance. I can’t give much, but I hope it helps. Best of luck with everything in the future, and keep doing what you’re doing,” wrote one person.
Felix said the only thing she wants at this point is the mailing addresses of those who donated to her so that she can send them handwritten thank-you notes.
h/t Business Insider