She was $2,800 short in her tuition until a complete stranger stepped in.
"People were sending me money, people who don't know me," she said.
Judea Hill is clearly overwhelmed.
"I'm not trying to send myself on vacation, I'm just trying to better myself and continue to better myself," she said on the YouTube clip.
She gets financial aid and has a job, but had a lot going on this year and came up short on the tuition.
"I had two deaths in my family and all my family's money went to send them off correctly," she adds.
Her video was honest and struck a chord with dozens of people who gave $10 here, $15 there.
And then the call from a Drew University graduate who gave $2,800.
The former student who wants to remain anonymous, paid the whole balance.
"She will never know what this means to me and my family," adds Hill.
Her university is thrilled too because they love Judea. They use this picture of her hugging a friend on their website.
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