Mom, kids attend college together

Posted at 5:38 PM, Apr 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-27 19:12:20-04

For most high school students, they look forward to forwarding their education in college.

For others it's a way to provide a better life for themselves. 

At Hillsborough Community College, a local family has studied together for the 2015-2016 school year. 

Shahriar and Shahrzad Zamani, a brother-sister duo, with three year age difference found themselves in the same chemistry class this past semester. 

Their mom, also now attends HCC. 

"And, when I see either my mom or my brother, I'm like hey!" said Zamani.

The family was born and raised in Iran before migrating to the United States in 2012.

Their mother, Faetema, was not allowed to attend college in Iran.  36 years later, she's able to fulfill her dream and is studying English. 

"She has not gotten anything lower than a 90 this semester, " said Shahrzad. 

It's hard enough to pay for college for one person, so to pay for three has made money tight. The Zamani family has applied for financial aid and scholarships to ease the financial burden. 

"Once we went over the numbers, we quickly realized we would need financial aid and scholarships," said Shahriar.

"My dad graduated from HCC, then I came to HCC and brought my brother and mom over. I wanted them here because HCC changed my life," said Shahrzad.