GradPath FAQs

Q: What is GradPath?

GradPath helps students secure funds for college by providing service that simplifies the donation process. Using GradPath’s online platform, students can connect with their social networks to obtain donations from friends, family, and their community.


Q: How does this work?

It’s easy. First, students or prospective students fill out their online profile describing themselves and providing insight into their academic and career goals. Then, they ask potential donors to pledge as much as they wish. GradPath helps facilitate the process. GradPath does not collect a commission or fee from each donation.


Q: How can it work for me if I have no network?

Initially you may believe that you do not know people who have the money to help you, but think outside the box! Think of people beyond your personal family and friends: Consider your co-workers, community and church leaders, prior teachers, local businesses, or anybody who thinks highly of you. These people want you to go to school and succeed. You will be surprised at just who is willing to contribute.


Q: How long does all this take?

The actual registration process is fast. Especially if you already have a PayPal account. If not, then it just takes a couple extra minutes and a PayPal account is free to open. Please visit PayPal.com to see their terms and conditions.

We also encourage you to spend time crafting your profile. Be creative, write thoughtful responses and use correct grammar.


Q: What is the minimum amount of money I can ask for?

There is no minimum amount. Every dollar counts.


Q: What is the maximum amount of money I can request?

There is no maximum amount. You can fund the entire cost of your education if needed.


Q: I am not a citizen of the United States. Can I still create a GradPath profile?

Due to legal obligations, all students who create a GradPath profile to raise funds for college must be a United States citizen.


Q: Can I start a profile before I commit to a school?

You must be enrolled or accepted to a college or trade-school before you start your GradPath profile.


Q: Are there any hidden fees or service charges?

GradPath does not charge any fees at this time. However, some PayPal features may not be available free of charge and thus require payment of additional fees.


Q: How old do I need to be before I start my GradPath profile?

You must be at least 18 years old before you start your profile.


Q: Can I sign up over the phone, or must I go through the online process?

Sorry, but there is no phone application. You must complete the form online in order to create a profile.


Q: Are you taking measures to protect my privacy?

We take your privacy very seriously. Aside from what you choose to display on your personal fundraising page, GradPath does not share your personal information with any other parties. Our privacy policy is available here.


Q: Do I need to collect the money from the Donors?

All donations are delivered directly to your PayPal account, which allows you to access them at your convenience, subject to PayPal's terms of service.


Q: I was accepted to a University outside of the United States, but I'm a US citizen, can I still raise funds with a GradPath profile?

Though you are a US citizen, in order to raise funds for college you must be enrolled in a United States institution.


Q: I'm planning to take a semester to study abroad, can I use my GradPath profile to raise funds for that semester?

Yes, you may use your GradPath profile to raise funds towards your semester abroad, but you must be enrolled in a United States institution.


Q: Will I owe any taxes on money that I receive from Donors?

GradPath does not provide any financial, tax or legal advice. Any concerns about possible tax liability should be directed to a tax professional with knowledge of your particular situation.