Beat the deadline, and complete your financial aid by April 2. On March 9, join Super Saturday to get FREE, one-on-one assistance completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), California Dream Act Application (for eligible AB540 students) or Chafee Grant application for foster youth. You may win a $1,500 scholarship for attending!LEARN MORE
Additional Financial Aid Completion Workshops
Between October and June, L.A. Cash for College helps to coordinate FREE financial aid completion workshops throughout the Los Angeles area as part of a statewide campaign to increase awareness of and access to student financial aid programs. These hands-on workshops help students navigate financial aid application forms so that they can obtain the financial support needed to pursue their college dreams.LEARN MORE
View workshop documents and resources to help you apply for financial aid. Students and their families can learn more about financial aid opportunities and the financial aid application process. This page will be regularly updated with new resources.VIEW RESOURCES
L.A. Cash for College program participants have the chance to win one of several scholarships worth $1,000 to $1,500.
Contact Maria Marquez Alvarez to learn more.
With your support, L.A. Cash for College is able to serve local-area students through virtual and in-person financial aid and college-readiness workshops year round.
Host Your Own Financial Aid Completion Workshop
L.A. Cash for College partners with schools and organizations to host Financial Aid Completion Workshops throughout the financial aid application season. To host a workshop, sites must provide internet connected devices (i.e., computer lab, classroom, community center, etc.) where students can start and/or complete their financial aid applications. Sites must be able to provide 1:1 assistance (volunteers) with the application process during these workshops. L.A. CFC can support connecting potential workshop hosts with volunteers from the region.
Become a Presenter
Presenters are sought among experts in the region to facilitate presentations (typically 60 minutes) on topics that help audiences better understand financial aid types, the process of applying and receiving aid, and other financial aid related topics, such as college selection. Presentations can be in-person (on-site) or virtual.
Become a Volunteer
Volunteer to help students and their families learn how a college education can be accessible and affordable. There are a number of opportunities available.
Are you hosting or volunteering at a workshop and need to refresh your knowledge on financial aid? Are you new to Cash for College or the financial aid process?
Become a Sponsor
Sites hosting workshops benefit greatly from incentivizing student participation. Incentives vary from providing snacks and refreshments to tools that will support students through their college journey (i.e., laptops, headphones, tablets, backpacks, etc.). Sponsorships can be updated annually, and sponsored funds can be directed based on a mutual understanding of priorities.
Promote L.A. CFC Events
Support our programming by sharing our outreach materials with students on social media or in print, digital newsletters, etc.
Do you need help applying for financial aid?
Between October and June, L.A. Cash for College helps to coordinate FREE financial aid completion workshops throughout the Los Angeles area as part of a statewide campaign to increase awareness of and access to student financial aid programs. These workshops help students navigate financial aid application forms so that they can obtain the financial support needed to pursue their college dreams.
WHAT TO BRING:
- Driver's license, if you have one
- Social Security Card or number, if you have one
- Alien registration number, if you have one
- Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) - yours or your parents'
- Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) number, if you have one
- List of colleges you are interested in attending
- Parents' Federal Income Tax Return form, if applicable*
- Parents' W2s and other records of money earned, if applicable*
- Student's Federal Income Tax Return form, if filed
- Student's W2s and other records of money earned
- Current bank statements, records of investments and assets
*Students who were in foster care, or were a dependent or ward of the court, at least one day after the age of 13 may qualify for “Independent Status” for the purposes of the FAFSA and the CA Dream Act and do not need to report their parent or guardian’s information. Neither legal guardians nor foster parents are considered parents when completing the FAFSA or CA Dream Act.
All high school juniors and seniors and college students who need help applying for financial aid!
Remember: The FAFSA and CA Dream Act Application must be completed by April 2 to receive priority consideration for state and federal financial aid, including grants, scholarships, loans and work-study opportunities.
BECOME A VOLUNTEER OR HOST A WORKSHOP:
Volunteers are needed to support workshop organizers and attendees (student applicants and their guardians) and host workshops.
Sign up for a Financial Aid Completion Workshop!
Visit www.cash4college.org* to find the Financial Aid Completion Workshop nearest to you, and get free help completing your FAFSA, CA Dream Act application or Chafee Grant application. *A list of upcoming workshops can be found in the left-hand column.
Contact Maria Marquez Alvarez for more information.