Katrina Verduzco hadn't thought much about going to college until a representative from the University of Arizona came to talk to her class at Flowing Wells High School. Then everything changed.
After hearing about opportunities at the University, Verduzco became determined to become a Wildcat and the first person in her family to go college.
She also became determined not to burden her family with college expenses, and she spent much of her high school senior year searching for scholarships and financial aid opportunities.
Her search led her to AZ Earn to Learn, an innovative need-based financial aid program launched last year by the UA, Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University in partnership with Live the Solution, an Arizona nonprofit.
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