“I’m the person I am because I received fantastic advice and knowledge from people in our community smarter and more experienced than me. Every great User Experience Designer I know feels the same way. We’re all looking for a way to pay that back. A great way to pay it back is to pay it forward.”— Jared Spool, co-Founder, Center Centre
Here’s your opportunity to help build a stronger design community. Your contribution directly helps a smart, passionate self learner receive direct access to a world-class learning environment, where they can gain solid UX design knowledge and experience.
Every donation you contribute to the Give Forward Student Loan Fund goes directly to paying the tuition or living expenses for a new design student. And when that student graduates, starts a great design job, and pays back their loan, they are helping another student start their career. Your donation starts a long chain of many new designers coming into the field.
Wouldn’t a scholarship be better than a student loan?
While a scholarship pays for a student’s education, it only helps one student. After that, the money is spent.
Because the Give Forward Student Loan Fund is powered by donations from you and many other people and organizations, we build a pool of money that keeps replenishing. This helps many more students as long as the fund exists.
What if a student struggles to repay the loan?
This is a solid risk, but we’ve taken important steps to prevent it.
- Our students don’t accrue any interest while they’re in school and for the first 90 days after they leave our program. Payments start at that point. We keep things simple. We want the students to devote all their energy to becoming a great designer.
- We’ve partnered with Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise (CNE) who will service the loan. Their goal is to be there for the borrower, to make sure they have every opportunity to make their payments. Since every payment is helping a future student, it’s in everyone’s best interest to make repayment as practical as possible.
- The loan has a low fixed-interest rate with terms that keep the payments low.. When a student graduates and gets a good job, it should be easy for them to make the monthly payments. (And if it isn’t easy, CNE will work with them.)
Can I deduct my donation on my taxes?
That’s a great question. Because we’re not tax advisors, we can’t advise you on this.
We can tell you Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise is an IRS-approved 501(c)(e) nonprofit corporation. If your tax advisor has any questions, we’d be happy to connect you up with the right folks at CNE.
This all sounds great! I want to help!
Step 1: Donate to the Give Forward Student Loan Fund.
You can pay with any major credit or debit card, or with your PayPal account.
Step 2: Help us spread the word.
We’ve got students ready to start their design career. Let your friends know what we’re doing. We can’t do this alone!
Pay it forward. Donate today.