Financing Your Dream Education

Are you interested in attending the Bayyinah Dream Program?
It has been a passion of your’s to understand the Quran.  After months of assessments, you have finally been admitted to the program. You are so close, but you are not sure how to pay for the program. Although tuition can be of concern, do not let financial restraints keep you from building your relationship with the Quran.  Even though Bayyinah is not able to provide aid or scholarships, many students find alternate ways to finance their education at Bayyinah. The key is to have sincere intentions of attending and doing whatever you can to make this dream come true. We will discuss multiple options on how to finance your Dream tuition.

Your family and community should be the first place of assistance.  Many Masajids have funds allocated towards the improvement and development of community members.  Reach out to your local masjid – especially if you have been directly involved in it – and find out if they have means to sponsor your education. In the case that they do not, you can ask the masjid board to allow you to place a donation box near the other Sadaqah boxes and even make announcements to encourage members to donate towards your fund.
Another great strategy is to use social media. Technology has made reaching out to the masses much easier. Students in the past have often utilized personal fundraising websites such as GoFundMe and Indiegogo to start a campaign for their Bayyinah Tuition. Once you make your campaign, you can use your social media outlets to spread the word, as well as send e-mails to family members, friends, your MSA, your community, and more. It would also be a good idea to include in your campaign a description of all the other efforts you are working on; when individuals see that you are serious about this and that you are doing your best, they are much more willing to give.
Furthermore, there are multiple scholarship opportunities you can take advantage of to fund your Bayyinah tuition. A few notable scholarships include the MSA National, the Islamic Scholarship Fund and more. Bayyinah staff usually notifies you about these scholarships as they approach, but be sure to stay aware of the deadlines.
Finally, as a last resort, you can take a Qard-e-Hasana.  After allocating all your funds, you still fall short of what you need, then approach those closest to you with the means to help. Inform them of how much this means to you, how beneficial the Dream Arabic Program will be for you, your family, and your community. And if they agree, then make a contract to borrow money and pay it back over a period of time after you have successfully completed the program.
Keep in mind that this list is not an end-all to all the possibilities out there. We encourage you to tap as many resources as possible and to get creative – organize bake sales, set up a lemonade stand, even start an ice bucket challenge! Often the most creative campaigns attract the most donors. And Insh’Allah with the right intentions and a sincere dedication, you can be successful in funding your tuition and making your Dream come true.

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