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‘Crowdfunding’ effort pays off for BU student

Struggling but innovative, a BU student turns to ‘crowdfunding’ site to raise money for tuition and fees

Just weeks ago, Alexis-Brianna Felix feared her dream of graduating from Boston University was doomed. Halfway toward earning a bachelor’s degree, the 19-year-old, who had come so far from the poor Bronx neighborhood where she grew up, said she had no way to pay for next semester, never mind the two years after that.

So Felix turned to “crowdfunding,” a movement that has fueled business start-ups and is now making inroads on college campuses. Through a website, she asked family, friends, and even strangers for help covering her tuition and fees.

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