The money was gone

Her parents started saving for her college education when Shaquice DaCosta was born, investing in College Saver Share Certificates for her and her brother, Aston DaCosta III.

When DaCosta’s brother joined the Marine Corps, he gave his college money to her. Still, all the money from both accounts was gone by the end of her sophomore year.

“This is not like the way someone needs money for a new pair of shoes,” DaCosta said. “It’s ‘I can’t finish my college education.’”

Higher education is important to the DaCosta family. Shaquice is the first in the family to attend a traditional college. Both her mother, Ann Marie, and her father, Aston, are in the Marine Corps and attended various institutions through programs funded by the military.