State Launches 2018-19 ‘Cash for College’ Workshops

California Student Aid Commission offering free financial aid training for FAFSA/CADAA season

Beginning this month and lasting through March 2, 2019, all high school seniors, college students, and their families can attend any of the more than 1,000 free Cash for College workshops throughout California.  These workshops offer assistance completing and submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); California Dream Act (CADAA); Chafee Grant for Foster Youth; and Middle Class Scholarship applications.

The California Student Aid Commission (Commission) supports local partners putting on the Cash for College workshops to help students and families navigate the college admissions process and to apply for financial aid programs. These financial aid applications are the key to obtaining federal and state financial aid like grants and scholarships and provides access to the largest source of financial aid to pay for college or career school. The FAFSA and CADAA information is used by the Commission to determine eligibility for the Cal Grant program, Middle Class Scholarship and other specialized aid.

“California’s student aid for higher education is among the nation’s most generous”, California Student Aid Commission Executive Director, Lupita Cortez Alcalá affirms. “Providing access to information about financial aid opportunities is an important step in helping students achieve their educational goals and helping students, especially those who are first in their family, to attend college.”

The mission of Cash for College is to help low-income and first-generation college-goers complete the application process, so they can access financial aid for education and career/technical training beyond high school.  That mission fits well with the Commission’s goal to make education beyond high school financially accessible to all Californians.

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