AUSTIN, TEXAS - July 13, 2015: Erika Carbajal-Ramos interns at Manor ISD. She is planning on attending college in the fall, but is worried about finances. Erika shared the difficulties of being a first-generation college student. Miguel Gutierrez Jr./KUT News.
       
     
 AUSTIN, TEXAS - July 13, 2015: Erika makes motivational signs for students at Manor ISD. Miguel Gutierrez Jr./KUT News
       
     
 AUSTIN, TEXAS - July 8, 2015: Joseph Ramirez meets with Daniel Jackson at the Breakthrough Austin office. Ramirez is attempting to enroll at St. Edwards University for the fall semester. Miguel Gutierrez Jr./KUT News.
       
     
 AUSTIN, TEXAS - July 8, 2015: Joseph Ramirez at the Breakthrough Austin office. Miguel Gutierrez Jr./KUT News.
       
     
 AUSTIN, TEXAS - August 19, 2015: Mauricio Hernandez meets with Roseana Lahti, the Student Accessibility Counselor at ACC Highland Mall. Hernandez qualified for free text books through the college. Miguel Gutierrez Jr./KUT News.
       
     
 AUSTIN, TEXAS - July 15, 2015: Joseph Ramirez works during his internship at Luminex. The money that Joseph earns through his internship will go towards paying for his college education. Miguel Gutierrez Jr./KUT News.
       
     
 AUSTIN, TEXAS - August 12, 2015: Erika attends a celebratory luncheon held by Breakthrough Austin. The organization provides a path to college for low-income, first-generation students. Miguel Gutierrez Jr./KUT News
       
     
 AUSTIN, TEXAS - August 9, 2015: Daniel Jackson, of Breakthrough Austin, helps Mauricio with some last minute paperwork at ACC Highland Mall. Miguel Gutierrez Jr./KUT News.
       
     
 AUSTIN, TEXAS - July 25, 2015: Faced with high tuition, Joseph Ramirez started mowing lawns to offset his cost. Joseph plans on attending St. Edward's University during the fall. Miguel Gutierrez Jr./KUT News.
       
     
 SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS - August 28, 2015: Erika Carbajal-Ramos finishes unloading her belongings from her family's car. Erika is set to start classes at Our Lady of the Lake in the coming days. Miguel Gutierrez Jr./KUT News.   
       
     
 AUSTIN, TEXAS - August 20, 2015: A Texas Department of Public Safety employee tells Joseph that he is missing a document required for his driving test. Joseph needs his drivers' license to work and pay for his classes. Miguel Gutierrez Jr./KUT News.
       
     
 SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS - August 28, 2015: After months of uncertainty, Erika moves into her dorm at Our Lady of the Lake University. Erika was hesitant about taking loans out towards her education, and successfully petitioned the school for more funding. Miguel Gutierrez Jr./KUT News.
       
     
 AUSTIN, TEXAS - August 24, 2015: Joseph Ramirez starts his first day of class at Edward's University. He will have to make monthly payments while attending to cover his tuition cost. Regardless, Joseph was excited about starting his classes at the university. Miguel Gutierrez Jr./KUT News.
       
     
 AUSTIN, TEXAS - August 25, 2015: Mauricio Hernandez concludes a day of classes at ACC Riverside. Mauricio faces some challenges, as he plans on attending college, moving out of his mother's house, and working. Miguel Gutierrez Jr./KUT News.
       
     
 AUSTIN, TEXAS - July 13, 2015: Erika Carbajal-Ramos interns at Manor ISD. She is planning on attending college in the fall, but is worried about finances. Erika shared the difficulties of being a first-generation college student. Miguel Gutierrez Jr./KUT News.
       
     

AUSTIN, TEXAS - July 13, 2015: Erika Carbajal-Ramos interns at Manor ISD. She is planning on attending college in the fall, but is worried about finances. Erika shared the difficulties of being a first-generation college student. Miguel Gutierrez Jr./KUT News.

 AUSTIN, TEXAS - July 13, 2015: Erika makes motivational signs for students at Manor ISD. Miguel Gutierrez Jr./KUT News
       
     

AUSTIN, TEXAS - July 13, 2015: Erika makes motivational signs for students at Manor ISD. Miguel Gutierrez Jr./KUT News

 AUSTIN, TEXAS - July 8, 2015: Joseph Ramirez meets with Daniel Jackson at the Breakthrough Austin office. Ramirez is attempting to enroll at St. Edwards University for the fall semester. Miguel Gutierrez Jr./KUT News.
       
     

AUSTIN, TEXAS - July 8, 2015: Joseph Ramirez meets with Daniel Jackson at the Breakthrough Austin office. Ramirez is attempting to enroll at St. Edwards University for the fall semester. Miguel Gutierrez Jr./KUT News.

 AUSTIN, TEXAS - July 8, 2015: Joseph Ramirez at the Breakthrough Austin office. Miguel Gutierrez Jr./KUT News.
       
     

AUSTIN, TEXAS - July 8, 2015: Joseph Ramirez at the Breakthrough Austin office. Miguel Gutierrez Jr./KUT News.

 AUSTIN, TEXAS - August 19, 2015: Mauricio Hernandez meets with Roseana Lahti, the Student Accessibility Counselor at ACC Highland Mall. Hernandez qualified for free text books through the college. Miguel Gutierrez Jr./KUT News.
       
     

AUSTIN, TEXAS - August 19, 2015: Mauricio Hernandez meets with Roseana Lahti, the Student Accessibility Counselor at ACC Highland Mall. Hernandez qualified for free text books through the college. Miguel Gutierrez Jr./KUT News.

 AUSTIN, TEXAS - July 15, 2015: Joseph Ramirez works during his internship at Luminex. The money that Joseph earns through his internship will go towards paying for his college education. Miguel Gutierrez Jr./KUT News.
       
     

AUSTIN, TEXAS - July 15, 2015: Joseph Ramirez works during his internship at Luminex. The money that Joseph earns through his internship will go towards paying for his college education. Miguel Gutierrez Jr./KUT News.

 AUSTIN, TEXAS - August 12, 2015: Erika attends a celebratory luncheon held by Breakthrough Austin. The organization provides a path to college for low-income, first-generation students. Miguel Gutierrez Jr./KUT News
       
     

AUSTIN, TEXAS - August 12, 2015: Erika attends a celebratory luncheon held by Breakthrough Austin. The organization provides a path to college for low-income, first-generation students. Miguel Gutierrez Jr./KUT News

 AUSTIN, TEXAS - August 9, 2015: Daniel Jackson, of Breakthrough Austin, helps Mauricio with some last minute paperwork at ACC Highland Mall. Miguel Gutierrez Jr./KUT News.
       
     

AUSTIN, TEXAS - August 9, 2015: Daniel Jackson, of Breakthrough Austin, helps Mauricio with some last minute paperwork at ACC Highland Mall. Miguel Gutierrez Jr./KUT News.

 AUSTIN, TEXAS - July 25, 2015: Faced with high tuition, Joseph Ramirez started mowing lawns to offset his cost. Joseph plans on attending St. Edward's University during the fall. Miguel Gutierrez Jr./KUT News.
       
     

AUSTIN, TEXAS - July 25, 2015: Faced with high tuition, Joseph Ramirez started mowing lawns to offset his cost. Joseph plans on attending St. Edward's University during the fall. Miguel Gutierrez Jr./KUT News.

 SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS - August 28, 2015: Erika Carbajal-Ramos finishes unloading her belongings from her family's car. Erika is set to start classes at Our Lady of the Lake in the coming days. Miguel Gutierrez Jr./KUT News.   
       
     

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS - August 28, 2015: Erika Carbajal-Ramos finishes unloading her belongings from her family's car. Erika is set to start classes at Our Lady of the Lake in the coming days. Miguel Gutierrez Jr./KUT News.

 

 AUSTIN, TEXAS - August 20, 2015: A Texas Department of Public Safety employee tells Joseph that he is missing a document required for his driving test. Joseph needs his drivers' license to work and pay for his classes. Miguel Gutierrez Jr./KUT News.
       
     

AUSTIN, TEXAS - August 20, 2015: A Texas Department of Public Safety employee tells Joseph that he is missing a document required for his driving test. Joseph needs his drivers' license to work and pay for his classes. Miguel Gutierrez Jr./KUT News.

 SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS - August 28, 2015: After months of uncertainty, Erika moves into her dorm at Our Lady of the Lake University. Erika was hesitant about taking loans out towards her education, and successfully petitioned the school for more funding. Miguel Gutierrez Jr./KUT News.
       
     

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS - August 28, 2015: After months of uncertainty, Erika moves into her dorm at Our Lady of the Lake University. Erika was hesitant about taking loans out towards her education, and successfully petitioned the school for more funding. Miguel Gutierrez Jr./KUT News.

 AUSTIN, TEXAS - August 24, 2015: Joseph Ramirez starts his first day of class at Edward's University. He will have to make monthly payments while attending to cover his tuition cost. Regardless, Joseph was excited about starting his classes at the university. Miguel Gutierrez Jr./KUT News.
       
     

AUSTIN, TEXAS - August 24, 2015: Joseph Ramirez starts his first day of class at Edward's University. He will have to make monthly payments while attending to cover his tuition cost. Regardless, Joseph was excited about starting his classes at the university. Miguel Gutierrez Jr./KUT News.

 AUSTIN, TEXAS - August 25, 2015: Mauricio Hernandez concludes a day of classes at ACC Riverside. Mauricio faces some challenges, as he plans on attending college, moving out of his mother's house, and working. Miguel Gutierrez Jr./KUT News.
       
     

AUSTIN, TEXAS - August 25, 2015: Mauricio Hernandez concludes a day of classes at ACC Riverside. Mauricio faces some challenges, as he plans on attending college, moving out of his mother's house, and working. Miguel Gutierrez Jr./KUT News.