What is California Cash for College?
California Cash for College is a program of the California Student Aid Commission and regional partners across California. Our mission is to provide free, in-person help to low-income and first generation college-going students and families completing the
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application and the Cal Grant GPA Verification Form.
Who should attend a Cash for College workshop?
Cash for College workshops are for all students who plan to go to college or career/technical schools in the fall of 2017 or during the 2017-2018 academic year. Our workshops focus on those high school seniors who are low income. However, any student who needs help applying for that financial aid is encouraged to go to workshops held across the state. And, when parents or guardians come to a workshop, with all of the paperwork needed, you chances of finishing on the spot are much higher.
How can a Cash for College workshop help me?
Cash for College workshops will offer you free, professional help to fill out the financial aid forms that are often daunting for first-time filers. Plus, you will be entered into a drawing for a laptop computer just for attending a workshop and completing the FASFA and the Cal Grant GPA Verification form by March 2.
What should I bring to a Cash for College workshop?
If you are 23 years old, or younger, you should bring your parent(s) and their income and asset information listed below. If your parents can’t go with you to a workshop, you should go anyway and bring your parent's information. If you are a foster youth, orphan, ward of the court due to legal guardianship/emancipation, or 24 years of age or older you can just bring your own income and asset information.
Federal Income Tax return for 2015 (and your spouse's if you are married)
Records of other untaxed income received such as disability benefits, workman’s compensation, child support, veteran's benefits, or military or clergy allowances
W-2 forms or other records (such as check stubs) of the income you earned in 2015
2015 bank statements , if you have a bank account
Records of stock, bonds, or other investments for 2015
If you are not a U.S. citizen, your permanent registration card or other immigration documentation (not required for the California Dream Act Application)
A list of colleges and universities that you may be interested in attending during the 2017-18 academic year
If you do not have or cannot find any of these items, please go to a workshop anyway so that a counselor can help you get started with the financial aid application process.
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