Andres Vasquez


Andres Vasquez is a native of the East San Francisco Bay Area.  His parents and several of his relatives came to the United States from Central America shortly before he was born.

Vasquez graduated from Diablo Valley College, in Pleasant Hill, with an associate degree in 2013.  He currently attends the University of California, Davis, and is majoring in environmental toxicology.  After graduating from UC Davis, he plans to go on to medical school.

During his time at Diablo Valley College, Andres was able to cover all of his enrollment fees with the help of financial aid, primarily the Board of Governors (BOG) Fee Waiver.

“I first learned about the financial aid available to me from links on my community college's website, flyers posted around campus, and through word of mouth from my peers,” Andres said.   

When Andres talks to other students who are not sure whether they can bear the financial burden of college, he tells them that they just need to ask!

“There is a huge amount of financial aid available out there,” Andres said.  “If someone doesn't know whether or not they can afford college, the best thing to do is ask the financial aid office. The aid already exists for students, and it would be a waste not to take advantage of every opportunity available, even if you have to work for some of those opportunities.”

Andres believes that your education should be taken seriously, and it's a big mistake to believe you can't afford college, especially if you haven’t looked into the financial aid options that are available.  He knows that asking questions isn’t always easy, but it’s important to seek help when you need it. 

“Once I started asking questions, life started getting a little easier, “ Andres said. “Whether it's seeking advice from advisors on scheduling your classes, or getting assistance with filling out applications, asking for help is crucial in moving forward in your education, and your life.”