“Student Financial Services.”
Did you shiver reading those words? How about: “financial aid office,” “plus loan,” “payment plan.” These words are oh so familiar to many of us college students. These words can also be the source of unwanted amounts of stress and/or pressure. The fact of the matter is that higher education in America costs money. Lots of money. Of course things like scholarships and grants exist in order to help the maximum amount of people get a college education, but full ride scholarships aren’t too common and grants can only go up so high. Often times, students end up paying out of pocket for their education. Those monthly payments can be an even bigger source of stress than the school work.
Last year, one of my friends had just moved to America that year and her parents weren’t 100% on board with the Christian education (primarily because of the cost of the tuition) and refused to support her financially. Their logic was since she chose to come to Nyack, she could pay her tuition herself. She signed up for the monthly payment plan, but fell behind and was constantly worrying about it. Her other friends and I constantly prayed with her and kept her calm. However, throughout the semester she never lost hope. She never lost faith. And she never stopped believing. She believed God would come through for her. She believed her tuition would be paid and she would be able to continue attending Nyack. She always said, “I’m just trusting God. That’s all I can do.” I admire her so much for that because little did she know, I was believing God for the same thing that semester. Her faith inspired my faith, and faith works. I know faith works because both of our bills were paid that semester and the next. We are both also enrolled for the Fall semester. The fact that I got the opportunity to finish my first year was a miracle from God. I’m so happy that miracles still happen – and on a daily basis, too!
There are people out there who want to attend school this fall but financially it just isn’t lining up. I want to encourage those people to HAVE FAITH! Please, have faith! Believe that He can perform a miracle for you, because He can. Believe that all your needs are met. Believe that He loves you and wants the best for you. But of course, faith without works is dead. So do what you need to do to get your faith to where it needs to be so you are able to believe in Him for your tuition. Sometimes those monthly payments are high and sometimes that loan looks crippling. Amounts of money that high require amounts of faith that are just as high, or even higher. So exercise your faith with confessions and learning verses that support the fact that God is able to pay off your tuition. Keep your mind open to all the different routes God can use to grant your request. Don’t forget that God uses people.
I believe that those who need tuition miracles will receive them in time for the upcoming Fall 2016 semester. Do you believe with me?