A formerly homeless student is selling a handwritten note he received from President Obama in order to pay college tuition bills. Jesse Grainger wrote to Obama three years ago about his life and for advice.

“As a child I had big dreams of going to college and doing great things . . . I came from a small town where most people were poor, especially my mother and me. My mom adopted me when I was one day old. She raised me to believe that education was the most important thing that I could ever get. My adopted mom died when I was 13," he wrote.

President Obama answered with a heartfelt note, saying "the best advice I can give you right now is finish your education.” He also advised Grainger to work with an organization devoted to helping the homeless in order to get "the best foundation for achieving your dreams."

The president ended by saying he was proud of Grainger and telling him to "stay determined!" Grainger, who has now posted the letter for sale on the Moments in Time website, explained that he hopes to come up with roughly $9,000 so that he can cover his education expenses at Winthrop University in South Carolina, studying social work.