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Students Share Their Stories

Jemima grew up as one of six kids, with a mom — her "rock and shining star" — who worked the night shift as a nurse. She thought of Stanford as her super-reach school, until she got in and realized it would cost her almost nothing to attend.

Cameron comes from Neah Bay, Washington, where his mom is an intake clerk, his dad is a fisherman, and "everybody knows everybody." He was motivated by family and community to get a good college education — but knew his parents wouldn't be able to contribute to covering the cost.

Tracie always knew she wanted to be able to provide two things for her kids: braces and a good education. But as her oldest daughter approached the end of high school, she began to worry that she wouldn't be able to afford the cost of college.