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El Paso area high school students preparing for possible UTEP tuition cost increase

By: Chrisdyann Uribe
EL PASO, Texas- As the University of Texas at El Paso decides on possibly increasing tuition costs, students at levels other than just college are beginning to prepare for the price hike.

Riverside High School has a Go Center, an area for students to go to find out about scholarships, grants, and applying for college.

"They are concerned about the increase but we are here assisting the students and asking them to apply for scholarships to alleviate the costs," said Rebecca Meza, the college readiness coordinator at Riverside.

The center is also taking steps to help students prepare for life after college.

"We ask the students to take minimal loans because it does affect their lives. It's something that is very important and we do explain to the students the importance of taking too many loans and how it may affect their lives," Meza said.

Many students are required to write an essay to receive scholarship money but one senior said it can be much easier than that.

"I received a $6,000 scholarship from UTEP. It'll help me pay for a portion every year -- $6,000 in 10 minutes," said Madalyn Carrillo, high school senior.

She said she filled out an application in 10 minutes for a scholarship and was relieved months later when she found out she was awarded it.

"I was really happy. My mom cried. So we're pretty excited we could have an option for college now," Carrillo said.

It's a feeling workers at Go Centers want everyone to have after receiving scholarship money.

"When I received the scholarship I felt relieved because for two years I don't have to worry about money for UTEP," said Ruby Cheavro, a scholarship recipient.

Other school districts like EPISD and YISD also have Go Centers available for students to find ways to pay for college.