Jorge Vasquez

Jorge Vasquez’s five year-old daughter is his ultimate motivation for returning to college and earning his degree.

Originally from the San Fernando Valley, just north of Los Angeles, Jorge moved to Santa Clarita just a couple of years ago.  After six years away from the classroom, he enrolled in College of the Canyons, where he earned his associate degree in June 2014.  He’s now a full-time student at California State University, Northridge, where he’s working toward his bachelor’s degree in accounting.  He also works part-time in the chancellor’s office at College of the Canyons.  Ultimately, he wants to pursue a master’s degree in accounting.       

To help pay for his education, Jorge has received Pell Grants and book grants through Extended Opportunity Program and Services (EOPS), as well as some subsidized and unsubsidized loans. 

“Financial aid has helped me in a tremendous way,” Jorge said.  “It has helped me take away the stress and burden of the idea that I could not afford to go to college.  I do not think that I would have been able to reach my educational goal if I did not receive financial assistance.”   

Jorge first learned about the availability of financial aid from his older brother, who is also attending California State University, Northridge.  His brother helped him understand that he could receive financial aid to help to pay for college, and told him about all of the various types of assistance that might be available to him if he qualified – and, he told him to apply. 

“I would encourage anyone who needs help paying for college to check out and look through every resource on campus and see if they can help you,” Jorge said.  “Do not be afraid to ask for help if you need it. And, don’t be afraid to ask questions, even if you think they might be ‘dumb.’ Do not give up on your educational dreams and goals!” 

In addition to attending school and working, Jorge also enjoys spending as much time as possible with his ultimate inspiration – his daughter.  He’s also a Dodgers fan, and attends games whenever he can. 

“I’m extremely grateful and very humbled that I’ve been given this second chance at life,” added Vasquez. “I truly believe that College of the Canyons helped make that happen for me, and I thank everyone that helped me along the way for that opportunity.”