When I got accepted to Clarion, I wrote letters to every single friend and relative I had and begged for money.
Yes. I did. I begged for money.
I do not regret it.
I got to Clarion, and had plenty of pocket money besides. Clarion is the SF/F workshop. You get about 2 years of writing experience in 6 weeks. You beg, borrow, and steal to get there. It can change your life. You meet amazing people, amazing writers.
And it’d be a shame to miss out on the experience for purely financial reasons.
Be a dear and help get somebody else there. All he needs is $20 from 125 people.
I put in $20.
I don’t think you’ll regret it.