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Woman Breaks Down In Tears When She Learns That Her Older Sister Paid Off Her College Tuition

by Ileana Paules-Bronet
Ileana is the Editor of Original Content at LittleThings. She grew up in upstate New York and Oregon and now lives in Queens, NY. Ileana graduated from Skidmore College with a degree in sociology. After graduating, she attended the Columbia Publishing Course in New York City, then worked as in marketing at Oxford University Press. Since transitioning to editorial, she has written for sites like BuzzFeed, HuffPost, and Unwritten. She has also worked for local newspapers and magazines in upstate New York. In her free time, you can find Ileana watching Law and Order: SVU, eating ice cream, and spending time with her dog.

Going to college is a rite of passage for many young people in the US today. Not only is going to college an incredible experience, it also equips you with the skills (and degree) required for many full-time jobs.

Unfortunately, college is very expensive. Although many colleges and universities offer financial aid, some institutions don’t have enough money to offer financial aid to all the students who need it.

Terri Patterson, a 24-year-old student at Roosevelt University, was devastated when she learned that her $7,000 tuition was no longer going to be covered by financial aid. She didn’t want to stop going to college, but she couldn’t pay the hefty bill.

Terri’s older sister, Tierra, is working toward her PhD, so Terri turned to her for advice. Terri told Tierra she was planning to take a semester off before going back to school. But Tierra didn’t want money to get in the way of her sister’s education, so she decided to pay for her little sister’s college tuition.

On Christmas morning, Terri opened her gift from Tierra and was stunned to find a single piece of paper at the bottom of the box. “I am paying off your school balance!” read the note.

Tierra filmed Terri opening her gift and posted the emotional video on Twitter. She wrote, “My little sister’s financial aid no longer covers her tuition and she was going to have to sit out of school next semester. I wasn’t going to let that happen. That balance is being PAID IN FULL baby girl. No more worries. You will finish your program strong! I got you forever!”

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