By Griselda Nevarez, July 31, 2015.

Angelica Melendez said no one guided her through the process of applying and paying for college. She couldn’t turn to her parents because they never went to college and didn’t know the process either. As a result, she made costly mistakes.

She took out more student loans than she needed. She put herself at risk of losing credits by transferring schools at least twice. And it took her about eight years to graduate in part because she stopped going to college for a few years to work.

Despite these challenges, Melendez graduated from Texas A&M University and is now a college and financial aid specialist at South San Antonio High School. She uses her personal experiences to teach high school students about the best ways to pay for college so that they don’t make the same mistakes she did.

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