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February 4, 2014 > Cash for College workshops and financial aid

Cash for College workshops and financial aid

Submitted By CA State Senator, Ellen M. Corbett

Now that the new year is upon us, many of our local students are looking for more information about Cal Grant and other scholarship opportunities to help pay for college. I wanted to share important financial aid and Cash for College workshop information.

As you may know, the California Legislature expanded access to higher education through enactment of the Cal Grant program. California high school seniors who meet income qualifications and have a minimum GPA of 2.0 are guaranteed financial assistance through the Cal Grant program.

The grant money can be used for tuition, fees, and books. The best part is that Cal Grants are not loans and do not have to be repaid. Students can maximize their financial aid by applying for a Cal Grant by the March 2 deadline.

I also want to share that the Middle Class Scholarship is a new program beginning in the 2014-15 academic year that provides undergraduate students with family incomes up to $150,000 a scholarship to attend University of California or California State University campuses. Application is made by filling out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

For more information about completing financial aid forms, the Middle Class Scholarship or Cal Grant opportunities, please see below for a list of student aid resources and the Cash for College workshops in your community for February up to the March 2nd deadline.

Free Cash for College events in the area:

Tuesday, Feb 4, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Arroyo High School; 15701 Lorenzo Avenue; San Lorenzo
Wednesday, Feb 5, - 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. - Ohlone College, Newark Campus, 39399 Cherry Street; Newark
Wednesday, Feb 5, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. - San Leandro High School; 2200 Bancroft Avenue; San Leandro
Wednesday, Feb 5, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. - Tennyson High School; 27035 Whitman Street; Hayward
Thursday, Feb 6, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. - Hayward High School; 1633 East Avenue; Hayward
Thursday, Feb 6, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. - John F. Kennedy High School; 39999 Blacow Road; Fremont
Tuesday, Feb 11, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. - Castro Valley High School; 19400 Santa Maria Avenue; Castro Valley
Thursday, Feb 20, 5 p.m. Ð 7:30 p.m. - James Logan High School; 1800 H Street; Union City
Thursday, Feb 27, 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Chabot College; 25555 Hesperian Boulevard; Hayward

Websites:
Free Application for Federal Student Aid Ð FAFSA.GOV
California Student Aid Commission Ð CSAC.CA.GOV
California Dream Act Ð CALDREAMACT.ORG
Cal Grant Website Ð CALGRANTS.ORG
California Colleges Website Ð CALIFORNIACOLLEGES.EDU
Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid Ð FINAID.ORG
U.S. Department of Education Federal Student Aid Ð STUDENTAID.GOV
California Community Colleges - ICANAFFORDCOLLEGE.COM
East Bay Consortium Ð EASTBAYCONSORTIUM.ORG

If you know of any other families or students that would benefit from this information, please feel free share it with them.

As always, I welcome your feedback and look forward to continuing to work on your behalf in the California State Senate.

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