The cost of college tuition has been increasing exponentially over the years, leaving many students with tens of thousands of dollars in debt when they graduate. Some students can’t attend college at all because of the cost. While grants, loans, and scholarships help cover some of the price, students usually have to come up with another way to pay tuition.
A student in Tennessee, Kevuntez King, has been saving up for college since he was 12 years old. King, now 17, told FOX 13 that his mother is a single parent and taught him how to be independent. He said his mother inspired him to work hard and reach for success on his own.
At the age of 12, King began selling newspapers at a busy intersection in downtown Memphis. He did this every Sunday, earning about $200 each week. Now, after five years, he has enough money to completely pay for his college education. He doesn’t need to take out any loans, and his mother doesn’t have to pay anything out-of-pocket.
King is one of the few students who is able to go to college without taking on loans or needing financial support from his family, and he accomplished this through hard work and dedication from a young age. He advises other students to stay positive and surround themselves with positive people in order to achieve success.