Latino, low-income students more likely to choose community college over university

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Patricia Cruz, 17, works on her personal statements for an application to the University of California system during a lunchtime workshop at Rio Mesa High School. Assisting the students is Griselda Sanchez-Pelayo, a UC Santa Barbara outreach coordinator.

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JOSEPH A. GARCIA/THE STAR Patricia Cruz, 17, works on her personal statements for an application to the University of California system during a lunchtime workshop at Rio Mesa High School. Assisting the students is Griselda Sanchez-Pelayo, a UC Santa Barbara outreach coordinator.

Latino students — even when they have the grades to get into a competitive school like the University of California — are more likely than their peers to attend a less-competitive community college, a new study shows.

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