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A Blessing for Crossroads College

Posted at: 03/20/2013 6:48 PM
Updated at: 03/20/2013 9:41 PM
By: Katie Eldred

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- After having their accreditation revoked just weeks ago there is some hope being offered in the form of a large donation for Crossroads College in Rochester.

They've had financial struggles for years and this anonymous donation is a blessing.

Each student has their own reason for attending Crossroads College.

"I love the family atmosphere," said Luke Koskinen.

But for some students the reason they came here has to do with the schools accreditation and financial aid.

"If I couldn't get financial aid I wouldn't be in college anywhere, so the fact they were accredited and the financial aid that is a huge reason I’m here," said Aisha Peterson.

With the loss of crossroads college accreditation Aisha Peterson would no longer be able to get that financial aid. As a junior that would pose a huge threat to her senior year.

"Definitely disheartened and sad," said Peterson.

But on Monday a donor came forward that gave hope to many at Crossroads College.

"It's not often that I'm speechless, but I was literally speechless," said school president Mike Kilgallin.

He says an anonymous donor has offered the school $100,000 if they can match the funds. Which he says will greatly help as they try to appeal the revoking of their accreditation.

"You have to have something to appeal with and so we started a major fundraising campaign with a goal of $250,000 dollars," said Kilgallin.

With the donation he now expects them to far exceed their goal which he is confident will help them win back their accreditation.

“This is truly a financial blessing," said Kilgallin.

Because if the school doesn't win back their accreditation students like Aisha Peterson may have to switch schools.

"I don't know what I would do, obviously I wouldn't be here if I couldn't get financial aid," said Peterson.

For the students the donanation proves what they have believed for a long time.

"I was ecstatic that someone saw the impact crossroads was making and wanted to put money towards it," said Koskinen.

The college is asking the accreditation commission to review and overturn its decision based on what crossroads will say is its improved financial condition. That review could take up to 30 days.