I know it has been a while since you all have heard from me, I have been hard at work getting my life and future in order. I recently got accepted into University for a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene. It was a lot of hard work to get in with test scores, and observation hours, and numerous other tests that determine whether or not you are able to meet the demands of such an academically rigorous program. I am so excited and proud of myself for accomplishing getting accepted into this school, but yet I am so incredibly disheartened and sad. I have brought to my family's attention my hopes and aspirations and how I have passed the tests necessary to be accepted into this university program and that this is what I want to do with my life, but my mom is really the only one in my family who works and she does not want to cosign my loan because my dad says that school should be free. Now I have done everything I can do to explain to my family that I believe this will be amazing for my future and that I can not do it without their help and but unfortunately I have never been raised in a supportive and loving home. Perhaps it is foolish of me to believe that it will be any different now. My family is from Afghanistan and I have grown up with all men in my family, I am the only girl. They have never placed much value to my life and are showing me again today that as a young woman- I have no value and no right to pursue my academic aspirations. I did chose the cheapest university for Dental Hygiene in my state, but I assure you-in the U.S. higher education requires student loans. I have called various student lenders and tried to figure out some way around this co-signer dilemma, but I am getting the same answer from all of them. I can not receive my loan for my education without a cosigner. I have a high credit score for my age, but they still want a cosigner. I am so sad. I worked so hard, I just want to go to school. I just want an education, and I just want to have the opportunity to pursue my dreams. That's it. I need help guys, and I need encouragement as I have never felt so incredibly alone, worthless, and helpless.