Cash for College Workshops in San Francisco

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Free Workshops Offered To Access Financial Aid For College

JCYC Education Programs will conduct 12 Cash for College workshops to assist low-income students and their families to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Cal Grant GPA Verification forms required for Cal-Grants. This event is a collaborative effort with Jefferson High School, San Francisco Education Fund, and San Francisco Unified School District.

These workshops will be held during January and February 2014 at different high schools and community sites throughout San Francisco or Daly City. Presenters will include financial aid staff from San Francisco State University, Skyline Community College, and University of California. Additional topics will include information about in state tuition assistance for AB 540 eligible students, the California Dream Act application and the Middle Class Scholarship.

"The financial aid application process is often an overwhelming experience for our low-income families," said Emalyn Lapus, JCYC Director of Education Programs. "By providing these free workshops, we can educate our students and their parents about the availability of opportunities and options for financial support towards pursuing a college degree."

High school seniors who attend one of these Cash for College workshops can qualify for a $1,000 scholarship by submitting their FAFSA, Cal Grant GPA form and an exit survey by the March 2, 2014 Cal Grant deadline. Recipients will be notified in May 2014. The scholarships must be used in Fall 2014 to pursue a 2 year or 4 year degree at an accredited public or private college in or outside California.

As a statewide program, the Cash for College workshops are funded by the California Student Aid Commission, major foundations, and significant resources leveraged through TRIO and local partners. For more information about Cash for College workshops, visit

About California Student Aid Commission is the "principal state agency to administer financial aid programs for students attending public and private universities, colleges and vocational schools in California" since 1955. More at

About Japanese Community Youth Council is a non-profit youth development organization established in San Francisco’s Japantown in 1970. JCYC Education Programs are composed of AACE Educational Talent Search, AACE Upward Bound, and SF College Access Center - three college access programs that have the common goal of helping low-income, first-generation college bound youth to enroll and complete college. More at

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