Helping California Students Find Ways to Pay for College
What Are “Cash For College” Workshops?
Cash For College workshops bring information and hands-on-help to college bound high school seniors and their families applying for financial aid. At these workshops college financial aid experts, local schools, and community organizations help parents and students complete and submit the free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) - which is first step in qualifying for financial aid.
What is FAFSA?
The FAFSA is the most important part of the financial aid qualification process. It is used to determine the amount of money a family is expected to contribute toward the cost of attending a college, community college, technical, or vocational school, and whether a student qualifies for grants, loans or work study.
All federal and state grant and loan awards are determined by the FAFSA, and nearly all colleges use the FAFSA as the basis for their own financial aid awards.
What kinds of programs are available?
California has a wide variety of assistance programs available for college-bound students. Learn more about what is available at the California Student Aid Commission website.
The federal government also offers a number of options and awards. The Office of Federal Student Aid has information on grants, loans, work study and other available awards for qualified individuals.
Where can you find a Cash For College Workshop?
Workshops are held throughout the state between October 1 and March 2, the deadline to apply for most state-funded financial aid. Most Cash For College events are held at local high schools or colleges. Click on this link to learn more about workshops near you. New Cash For College workshops are added daily.