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Recent high school graduate uses GoFundMe to crowdsource college tuition

Source: Lydia Hu/WBRC Source: Lydia Hu/WBRC
Source: Lydia Hu/WBRC Source: Lydia Hu/WBRC
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

In March, Christopher Wright got the news he had been accepted to the Savannah College of Art and Design.

“I was super excited. I didn’t know what to do to be honest,” said Wright, a 2016 graduate of A.P. Brewer High School.

But the excitement wore off as soon as he learned that the college degree he had been dreaming of came at a price.

Tuition alone is around $35,000, but with books, room and board, and fees, Wright says he would have to pay more than $40,000.

Wright was awarded a $20,000 scholarship to be paid out over four years, but he said that was not enough help.

That’s when Wright’s mother suggested a GoFundMe Account.

Between 2010 and 2015, GoFundMe has helped people raise more than $44 million for educational expenses. Just like Wright, other students have successfully raised funds for college tuition too.

But some caution that GoFundMe does not assure the money raised is spent as promised.

The company said in a statement: “With millions of campaigns, it’s not feasible for GoFundMe to investigate the claims stated by each campaign organizer. Only donate to people you personally know and trust.”

Wright says donors to his campaign need not worry about the use of his funds.

“I’ve already got the car. I’ve already got those kind of things squared away. I don’t need any of that. All I really need is to get to college,” Wright said.

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