Student at the University of California, Santa Barbara
Izeah Garcia is a 20 year-old first generation Mexican-American student completing his fourth year at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) with a political science major. As the youngest of four boys, Izeah was the second in his family to graduate from high school and the first to attend college. He credits three positive influences as helping him get to college: his family’s encouragement, “luck of the draw” mentorship he received along the way, and, of course, financial aid. Fortunately, because of financial aid, he chose UC Santa Barbara without having to take out too many loans his first year. The road to acquiring aid, however, hasn’t been easy. Izeah described his first experience applying for financial aid as “swinging at a baseball with your eyes wide shut.” Partly because the FAFSA forms are overly complicated, and partly because his mother has a unique economic situation. He wants to make sure that the FAFSA is simple and easily digestible for other students. Read more about Izeah’s story by clicking here.
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