Law student uses crowd-funding to help pay tuition fees
10th Sep 2014
Having saved £6000 herself, with an additional £2000 borrowed from her mother, Ohwin had to come up with £10,000, and refused to let the money stand in the way of her accepting her place at university.
Ohwin, 23, set up a Hubbub page with the slogan ‘£10,000 in 10 days’ and began a campaign on social media to raise awareness of her cause. Using the hashtag #Oxford10000, on the very first day Ohwin gained 700 retweets on one of her tweets.
It took only eight days for the University of Sussex graduate to raise all the funds, with incentives provided for those who donated. A £10 donation meant a ‘shout out’ thanking the donor on twitter, while those who donated £20 will receive a postcard from Oxford with a handwritten thank you note.
For larger amounts of money, rewards include proof-reading an article of up to 3000 words, writing an article, event photography, and even an acknowledgement in her dissertation.
Ohwin is now delighted that she can afford her studies, and grateful to those who supported her financially, and helped spread the word about her campaign. However, she wishes there was more support from universities for those, like her, who cannot afford the high tuition fees, especially for minority students.
Projects backed by crowd-funding websites are on the rise, often used for supporting independent arts such as films, but increasingly they are being used to raise money for all manner of events. Hubbub allows crowd-funding for educational and social projects, without charging the individual or organisation a fee.