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Virginia Commonwealth University

Virginia Beach woman shows others how to graduate debt free

When Lorraine SantaLucia graduated from Landstown High School in 2010, her parents and grandparents broke the bad news. They'd support her any way they could but wouldn't be able to pay anything for her to go to college. The Virginia Beach native went anyway, vowing to cobble together the money. After being admitted to her "dream school" - Hollins University in Roanoke - she tapped every source she could think of to cover the cost: Cash from the GI Bill because her stepfather had been in the Navy. Scholarships from the university itself. Even money she had saved up from high school baby-sitting. By the end of her freshman year, though, the funds were running out, and...