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Amy Zuaso

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As a first-generation American and the first in her family to attend college, Amy Zuaso, 22, of Woodbridge, achieved her dream of earning a bachelor’s degree by using NOVA's Guaranteed Admissions program. She chose NOVA to stay close to home, save money and get one-on-one academic attention.

At NOVA, Zuaso qualified for financial aid, which covered her two years as a psychology major. To keep her grade-point average high, she worked closely with dedicated professors and tutors at the Woodbridge Campus. “I took advantage of all the resources NOVA had and because of that I was able to be successful there,” Zuaso said.

In 2010, she used guaranteed admissions to attend James Madison University. At JMU, Zuaso was accepted into a competitive scholarship program for minority students. Today, with no college loans, she’s at a financial advantage. “I could be $80,000 in debt right now and I’m not.”