Access to college is a complex process that involves the interaction between multiple social forces. The authors argue for a more nuanced exploration into how and why Latina/o student groups' experience barriers related to college access. Further, they call for further action-oriented research that addresses the process of removing barriers.

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Ronald E. Hallett is an Associate Professor in the Benerd School of Education at the University of the Pacific. His research focuses on improving educational access and participation for underserved individuals, including students who are homeless or undocumented.

Kristan Venegas is an Associate Professor of Clinical Higher Education and a Research Associate in the Pullias Center for Higher Education in the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California. She has co-edited special issues of American Behavioral Scientist and Metropolitan Universities. Her research focuses on college access and financial aid for low income students and students of color.