October 22 2014 Latest news:
Monday, August 4, 2014
Twenty-three-year-old Louiza Le-Rose needs to find £16,000 to fulfil her dream of a degree in archaeology.
Because she does not qualify for a loan, she would have to pay the tuition fees herself.
But instead of abandoning her dream, Miss Le-Rose, of North Walsham, has decided to crowd fund for her degree, asking other people for donations.
“I have had some criticism,” she said. “But there are two sides to the coin. Some people are really for it and some people are really against it, thinking it is asking too much. I totally understand but I saw no other way around it.”
When Miss Le-Rose left North Walsham High School, she saved up and travelled to China, where she spent two-and-a-half years teaching English. While in China she enrolled to the Open University and began a degree in English Literature, paying the fees herself.
And after returning to the UK last year, she decided to pursue her passion, and applied to the University of Leicester who accepted her application.
But because it is her second degree, even though she paid for the first herself, she does not qualify for student loans or grants.
Miss Le-Rose said she was frustrated with the decision, adding: “I think it is really unfair. You spend all of your life in education and they push you to go to university, but when it comes to wanting to better yourself, they put you down for it.
“I think it would be a huge disappointment not to go but I am pretty determined. For me it is not an option not to do it.”
Having been refused funding for a degree, she set up a web page on Go Fund Me, and began asking people to donate.
Miss Le-Rose, who lives in North Walsham with her mum Joanna, 43, and step-dad Michael, 61, works for her parents in their health business.
So far she has raised almost £1,000 and hopes to raise the money to start a degree in September 2015.
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