Does low income hurt admissions to UCs?

<p>I have a job and am currently working on scholarships, but overall, my family has a low income (matter of fact, no income. my mom got laid off and she is a single parent. she is currently just starting up as a real estate agent). Will it be harder for me to get into UCs against someone with the same stats who can solidly pay for college?</p>

<p>No. I myself asked a UC rep about this and they told me that it's illegal for a public university to accept students based on financial need.</p>