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Cal who? It’s not too late to get clued in about financial aid for college

cash.jpgMarch 2 (actually, March 3 this year) is the deadline for Cal Grant applications.

Whether you know exactly what a FAFSA is, or you thought it was someone’s last name, you might find one of the upcoming Cash For College workshops helpful.

Even if you think your family income might be too high to qualify, I hear that it doesn’t hurt to bring in your tax and income documents just to be sure. Many of the workshops are staffed with people who speak various languages, and they help families fill out those cumbersome forms.

The Cash For College Web site has a calendar which lists the places and times of each workshop. It also includes a list of what to bring. Oakland High, Skyline, Oakland Military Institute, Castlemont, Fremont and Laney College all have sessions scheduled between Jan. 30 and Feb. 23.

image from Argenberg’s Web site at flickr.com/creativecommons

Katy Murphy

Education reporter for the Oakland Tribune. Contact me at kmurphy@bayareanewsgroup.com.

  • http://www.greenstampede.com Chris Dobbins

    Katy,

    Thanks for the important story and update. There are plenty of grants and funding sources for post k-12 education. FAFSA is a great program through the federal government that provides funding sources; generally regardless of eligibility. I would encourage students (and those of us who want to go back to school) to take advantage. The drawback is that with the high cost of higher education, the borrower has taken on a “second mortgage,” so to speak and will be paying it off for the foreseeable future. Ultimately, the student benefits from the education and will greatly increase their chances of future job earnings.

  • Jake

    The Cash for College Workshops are a project of the East Bay Consortium. EBC is a fantastic organization that does work at almost all of the schools in Oakland. They’ve got a true cadre of dedicated young professionals guiding our students into college. We’re lucky to have them.

    And they’ve done a great job recruiting assistance from other education programs (like the one I work for) to help out at these events!