Report calls for policymakers to lower financial barriers for college attainment

| April 19, 2017

By Lisa Irish • Arizona Education News Service • Arizona School Boards Association

Marquis Quarles, who grew up in South Phoenix and later graduated from McClintock High School in Tempe, said going to Arizona State University transformed the way he thought about himself.

“Growing up in poverty, I felt that I wasn’t capable of getting further than where I was from,” Quarles said. “Every day, my focus was making sure that I ate and that I stayed out of harm’s way. Sadly, that is the mentality of a lot of kids growing up in tough neighborhoods.”

Through hard work, and help from College Success Arizona, the Achieving a College Education Program, and need-based college financial aid, Quarles graduated from ASU with a bachelor’s degree in economics. Now, Quarles is building the life he’d dreamed about through his career at a major fashion company based in Santa Barbara, California.

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