Ninety percent of foster youth never apply to college, and only three percent graduate. Krystal Saldivar, age 21, defied that statistic with rare drive and determination. Despite her years in foster care and being forced to withdraw from her first college, she never stopped pursuing her education. With help from Texas RioGrande Legal Aid’s Foster Youth Justice Project (FYJP), this summer, she will graduate from Tarrant County College with an Associate’s Degree in office administration.
Saldivar contacted FYJP for help when she learned that Prairie View A&M over-awarded financial aid to her. Her school demanded that she immediately repay the excess financial aid or withdraw from school. Saldivar had no resources to cover such an expense and was offered no payment plan. Saldivar had no choice but to withdraw. Determined to continue her education, Saldivar attempted to transfer to Tarrant County College (TCC) in Fort Worth, but her former school withheld her transcript until payment was made. Fortunately, attorney Mary Christine Reed was able to negotiate a payment plan with Prairie View A&M’s General Counsel which resulted in the release of Saldivar’s transcript so she could enroll at TCC. At TCC, Saldivar has made the Dean’s List and become a member of Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society.
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