By Augustine Jimenez, National College Attainment Network
The American dream is easy to believe in when you do not have to pay for it.
As a first-generation, Mexican-American student with a single mother who works around the clock to make ends meet, it was always clear to me that my college experience would be different from some of my peers at Boston University. When I started the long (and expensive) college application process, I knew that I wanted to attend an out-of-state school. But I also understood the difficult reality that my mother simply would not be able to help finance my education with her annual income.