Cash for College, a program that offers free, one-on-one assistance to students and families completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application (for eligible AB540 students) and the Cal Grant GPA Verification Form, will host a free workshop at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) on Saturday, Feb. 1, beginning at 9 a.m. in the CSULB University Student Union.
Bonnie Lowenthal, state assemblymember and Long Beach mayoral candidate, will kick off the event, which is part of a statewide effort known as “Super Saturday.”
The forms must be completed by March 2 to receive priority consideration for state and federal financial aid including grants, scholarships, loans and work-study opportunities. Workshop participants were awarded more than $37 million last year. Cash for College is part of CalGrants and is organized locally through CSULB’s Student Opportunities Access Program (SOAP).
The day includes a financial aid overview and individual question-and-answer sessions with staff before going to a computer lab to work on FAFSA forms guided by CSULB SOAP staff.
Participants should bring the following financial documents: student and parents’ federal income tax returns from 2013 (if filed); student and parents’ W-2 forms; paycheck stubs or any records of earned income; current bank statements; and records of stocks, bonds or other investments.
Long Beach Cal SOAP works with first generation, low income students in the communities of Long Beach, Lynwood, Compton and Whittier. Cal SOAP assists with college search, college applications, financial aid applications and providing guidance to students in making the transition to college.
Cash for College Super Saturday is a statewide event to assist families with the FAFSA/Dream application. More than 50 Cash for College events are being held in Los Angeles County on Feb. 1. All events are free and open to the public.
For more information about the Feb. 1 event at CSULB, call 562/985-1481 or email email@example.com.