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Program Teaches San Diego Students How To Pay For College

For some students the costs of college can be daunting. The program Achieve UC aims to show low-income students that college is within reach.

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It’s hard enough for students to get accepted by California’s top universities. But for some, the costs can be even more daunting.

The program Achieve UC aims to show low-income students that college is within reach.

The program's event Wednesday at San Diego High School felt like a pep rally. Cheerleaders and the school band came to get students excited about going to college.

Organizers told the audience of more than 600 students how to get into a University of California school and how to pay for it. Tuition is close to $15,000 a year at UC schools, but Achieve UC speakers said there is financial aid.

Juan Gonzalez, UC San Diego's vice chancellor of student affairs, said programs like the Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan can pay the tuition of low-income students.

"To help families and students that come from families earning less than $80,000, their tuition is covered," Gonzalez said. "They will not have to arrive on our campus worried about tuition."

Gonzalez said the only thing students should be focused on is doing well in class.

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