Robinson’s tuition is covered by the Navy, but his actual cost of attendance is financed in a number of ways. He was previously awarded a Pell Grant and took subsidized and unsubsidized federal loans from the government, and said the Scholly-CommonBond check will help him cover the costs of his housing (nearly $4,000). He also credited Savannah State’s financial aid counselors with helping him find as much gift aid as he can grab.
Robinson said he will continue to use Scholly’s app to find scholarship listings, and he is just getting familiar with CommonBond, which recently launched student loans for undergraduates like him as well as for graduate students.
If his dream of becoming a Marine Corps Officer in three years comes to fruition, Robinson plans to use his active duty salary to pay off his student loan debt within three years of graduating.
Before looking too far ahead, of course, he’s thinking more pointedly about what is of most concern to many students in America — his next year of college.
“I'm excited about sophomore year because I will be going into fall semester with an actual feel of college, so I will know what to expect and how to better balance class, work and NROTC,” he said. “I look forward to taking the good and the bad from my freshman year and applying it to my sophomore year to better myself as an individual, as a scholar and as a leader.”
Robinson, long interested in psychology, is majoring in behavioral analysis. He said he hopes to use his degree to communicate effectively with senior and junior Marines.
“My freshman year has been quite challenging,” Robinson said. “As Midshipmen, we have to realize that we are not the average college student. It’s a lot of responsibility as soon as you step foot on campus.”