uAspire helps students afford college

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A college degree is one of the most beneficial, and most expensive investments that many people will ever make, and it’s that cost that keeps a lot of people from continuing their education.

The cost of college has gone up 570% between 1982 and 2011. For the lowest income families, the cost of a four-year degree would be more than half of their income.

uAspire Springfield works with students and their families to show them what financial resources are available to help students get to college and succeed there. 22News spoke Friday with some students who are the first in their families to pursue a college degree.

Putnam senior Nicholas Claudio is headed to Boston University in the fall.

“Ever since I was younger I’ve always been a curious kid. It annoyed my mom when I was younger because I’d ask her so many questions. I’ve realized school is the one place that can answer all my questions,” Claudio said.

Bria Brantley is a junior at Brandeis University, and says that she wants to put her education to use by helping her community.

“I just want to be able to get my degree and give back to Springfield,” Brantley said. “Tons of people in Springfield helped me, so I want to be that motivation for another student.”

The goal of an event held Friday morning was to raise awareness and money for uAspire, so they can continue their mission of helping low-income families find an affordable path to higher education.

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