October 28, 2013
For First-Generation Students, Crucial Support
Noah Berger for The Chronicle
When Amanda Aldama was applying to college, she couldn't rely on her family for help. Her mother and grandparents, whom she lived with in San Jose, Calif., had not graduated from high school, nor had any of her cousins. She struggled as she tried to navigate the financial-aid system largely on her own.
When she enrolled at San Jose State University, she faced new challenges. She found college-level work far more difficult than her high-school courses. And