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Geuris German is a young, industrious college student who dreams of becoming a biomedical engineer, but there is a catch. His single-parent family, with an annual income of only $25,000 a year, couldn’t afford the rent on their house. They were evicted, losing most of their possessions, including a couch, china cabinet and TV. “It was hard,” said 18-year-old German, recounting that day. Yet despite his financial hardships, German managed to excel in high school and was accepted to Stony Brook University. Now he struggles to pay for college. German is one of many who is academically qualified but financially unqualified for college. According to the Department of Education, poor students with high math scores are as likely as to graduate college with a bachelor’s degree (41 percent) as rich students with low scores. The probable cause? The average cost of tuition, fees and room and board rose 10 percent…

When Michael Brasile first came to Stony Brook in the fall of 2014 as a Biology major, he was excited to be in college and eager to get as much out of his experience as possible. But he quickly learned that Biology was not for him, and for the spring 2014 semester, he planned his schedule with a computer science track in mind. “I didn’t realize how much I liked computers until I came here,” Brasile said. Brasile planned to switch from his biology major to a minor in Information Systems and double major in applied math and computer science. He did not officially declare these changes in his academic progress because students have to complete a certain amount of prerequisite courses before they can declare majors in computer science, applied math and information systems. Brasile was taking those prerequisite courses on top of his Biology courses during the Spring…