A Teenager’s Journey to Pay for College by Selling Newspapers

Various experts agree: paying for college is a costly thing.

As a matter of fact, college tuition costs are actually rising at a higher rate than inflation; with college tuition and fees climbing about 3.7 percent on average.

This level of expense is what makes Kevuntez King’s recent feat so impressive. Before his High School graduation, Kevuntez managed to save up enough money to fully pay for his college tuition.


Kevuntez, a Tennessee native stated that positivity was the key to achieving such a lofty goal and sites the support of his single mother as a key guiding influence for his success.

Of his mother, he said, “She just taught me how to be independent like she had it, (and) she just wanted me to go get it myself.”

In order to achieve his goal, young King sold newspapers from age 12 to 17.

From the beginning he had college in his sights, and it took a lot of hard work in order to pay for his entire college education. As a result, his mother won’t have to pay a cent for his education, and Kevuntez won’t have to take out any loads either.


So how’d he do it?

Kevuntez earned about $200 dollars weekly on Sundays for five years.

This steadfast work amounted to $52,000 when you factor in tips and gifts from those he delivered papers to.

Achieving such a lofty goal is an amazing step for an amazing teen that will help Kevuntez potentially achieve a lot in life.

To put it in perspective, over 63 percent of students from middle-class households receive either student loans or government assistance when they enter college. As a matter of fact, for students like Kevuntez, who is African American, the numbers are even higher.

So what’s Kevuntez going to do with his new opportunity? Kevuntez was recently accepted into Tennessee State University where he will study physical therapy. His goal is to use his new realm of study to help those who need it.


Kevuntez, saving up like this is something that even many adults struggle to do.

Your demonstrated ability to pay your own way through college is truly inspirational. Great job Kevuntez!