Teen raises $30K after saying parents cut her off financially for having a black boyfriend

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A 18-year-old student from Tennessee has raised more than $30,000 for college this month after saying her parents cut her off financially for dating a black student, she claims.

Allie Dowdle took to GoFundMe to seek a new source of financial support, posting an initial goal of $10,000. She alleged in her plea for support, titled "Say No to Racism," that her parents rejected her boyfriend, Michael Swift, "strictly because of race."

Her story has resonated with so many people that she managed to exceed her goal in a single day, raising $15,000 on last Thursday alone.

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30. University of Michigan

Metro area: Ann Arbor, Michigan

Median rent near campus: $1,964

Market-rate rent: $1,793

Percent above market: 9%

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28. (TIE) Clemson University

Metro area: Greenville, South Carolina

Median rent near campus: $1,288

Market-rate rent: $1,158

Percent above market: 11%

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28. (TIE) University of Wisconsin at Madison

Metro area: Madison, Wisconsin

Median rent near campus: $1,794

Market-rate rent: $1,611

Percent above market: 11%

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27. University of Central Florida

Metro area: Orlando, Florida

Median rent near campus: $1,552

Market-rate rent: $1,385

Percent above market: 12%

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26. Pennsylvania State University

Metro area: State College, Pennsylvania

Median rent near campus: $1,473

Market-rate rent: $1,289

Percent above market: 14%

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25. Georgetown University

Metro area: Washington, D.C.

Median rent near campus: $2,335

Market-rate rent: $2,033

Percent above market: 15%

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24. Eastern Florida State College

Metro area: Melbourne, Florida

Median rent near campus: $1,519

Market-rate rent: $1,310

Percent above market: 16%

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22. (TIE) University of Colorado at Boulder

Metro area: Boulder, Colorado

Median rent near campus: $2,489

Market-rate rent: $2,122

Percent above market: 17%

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22. (TIE) Georgia State University

Metro area: Atlanta, Georgia

Median rent near campus: $1,530

Market-rate rent: $1,304

Percent above market: 17%

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20. (TIE) University of Pittsburgh

Metro area: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Median rent near campus: $1,328

Market-rate rent: $1,115

Percent above market: 19%

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20. (TIE) Cleveland State University

Metro area: Cleveland, Ohio

Median rent near campus: $1,473

Market-rate rent: $1,235

Percent above market: 19%

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19. Virginia Tech

Metro area: Blacksburg, Virginia

Median rent near campus: $1,462

Market-rate rent: $1,191

Percent above market: 22%

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18. University of Texas at Austin

Metro area: Austin, Texas

Median rent near campus: $2,037

Market-rate rent: $1,653

Percent above market: 23%

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15. (TIE) Ohio State University

Metro area: Columbus, Ohio

Median rent near campus: $1,635

Market-rate rent: $1,321

Percent above market: 24%

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15. (TIE) Florida Atlantic University

Metro area: Palm Beach, Florida

Median rent near campus: $2,477

Market-rate rent: $2,000

Percent above market: 24%

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15. (TIE) Cornell University

Metro area: Ithaca, New York

Median rent near campus: $2,082

Market-rate rent: $1,675

Percent above market: 24%

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14. University of Massachusetts Center at Springfield

Metro area: Springfield, Massachusetts

Median rent near campus: $2,013

Market-rate rent: $1,596

Percent above market: 26%

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13. Santa Fe College

Metro area: Gainesville, Florida

Median rent near campus: $1,510

Market-rate rent: $1,173

Percent above market: 29%

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12. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Metro area: Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Median rent near campus: $1,739

Market-rate rent: $1,329

Percent above market: 31%

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10. (TIE) New York University

Metro area: New York, New York

Median rent near campus: $2,881

Market-rate rent: $2,139

Percent above market: 34%

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10. (TIE) Portland State University

Metro area: Portland, Oregon

Median rent near campus: $2,327

Market-rate rent: $1,724

Percent above market: 34%

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9. Michigan State University

Metro area: Lansing, Michigan

Median rent near campus: $1,282

Market-rate rent: $948

Percent above market: 35%

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8. University of Washington

Metro area: Seattle, Washington

Median rent near campus: $2,786

Market-rate rent: $2,044

Percent above market: 36%

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7. University of Texas at Dallas

Metro area: Dallas, Texas

Median rent near campus: $2,058

Market-rate rent: $1,476

Percent above market: 39%

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6. University of Utah

Metro area: Salt Lake City, Utah

Median rent near campus: $2,043

Market-rate rent: $1,443

Percent above market: 41%

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3. (TIE) University of California at Berkeley

Metro area: Oakland, California

Median rent near campus: $4,070

Market-rate rent: $2,822

Percent above market: 44%

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3. (TIE) Harvard University

Metro area: Boston, Massachusetts

Median rent near campus: $3,287

Market-rate rent: $2,276

Percent above market: 44%

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3. (TIE) University of Miami

Metro area: Miami, Florida

Median rent near campus: $2,818

Market-rate rent: $1,916

Percent above market: 44%

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2. Stanford University

Metro area: San Jose, California

Median rent near campus: $5,705

Market-rate rent: $3,499

Percent above market: 63%

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1. University of California at Los Angeles

Metro area: Los Angeles, California

Median rent near campus: $4,343

Market-rate rent: $2,409

Percent above market: 80%

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In addition to denying Dowdle funding for her college education, she claims that her parents also confiscated her personal savings, car, and cell phone, which she says has made it harder for her to get a job and earn money.

"My parents also got involved with my school in [an] attempt to get me removed from the organizations I've been a part of, like Coexist and Facing History and Ourselves, clubs that essentially encourage [valuing] and treating people equally," Dowdle writes.

Her boyfriend of one year also took to his Twitter account on Thursday to post a link to Dowdle's fundraiser.

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"It was never about race," her father, Bill Dowdle, told the NY Daily News. Though his daughter seeing a black man is not his "preference" given issues involving interracial couples in the South, he concedes that it is not his place to vet his daughter's dating choices as she is 18.

Her father says he and Dowdle's mother would accept whoever their daughter chooses to date.

His concludes that the decision to cut off Dowdle's funds were due to her being spoiled and "it became obvious that she needed to go out in the world and grow up."

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