General Info > News Releases > Archived Releases 2006-07 > 2007-02-15: Cash for College Workshop February 24

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - February 15, 2007

MENDOCINO COLLEGE, 1000 Hensley Creek Road, Ukiah, CA 95482

Contact: Ross Beck, Director of Public Information & Marketing
T: 707-468-3012, Fax: 707-468-3008, Email: rbeck@mendocino.edu

File: NR-FA-Cash for College
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Cash for College Workshop February 24

Making a college education financially accessible
to California students


Ukiah, CA –Mendocino College is offering one of 300 Cash for College workshops held throughout California. The Cash for College workshops offer bi-lingual Financial Aid Workshops to parents of high school seniors. The statewide effort strives to increase the number of students applying for financial aid, especially the entitlement Cal Grants for recent high school seniors.

Assistant Dean for Financial Aid and EOPS Jacque Bradley reports that a recent high school graduate has a much better chance of receiving a Cal Grant if they meet the March 2nd deadline. The early deadline is for entitlement grants, meaning that every high school senior who files a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) form by March 2nd, qualifies for the income standards and has a 2.0 GPA overall is entitled to a Cal Grant. If the student misses the March 2nd deadline, they go into a competitive pool, where only one in nine students receive a Cal Grant. A full-time community college student can qualify for up to $1,551 in grant. The amount increases is they attend a four-year university. The funds do not have to be paid back.

The Mendocino College Cash for College workshop will be held February 24, 1:00-4:00pm in the Learning Center, Lowery Library Bldg., Ukiah Campus, 1000 Hensley Creek Road. Parents and high school seniors will be assisted in filing their Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA). The assistance will be available in both Spanish and English.

The workshop is a community service for local high school seniors and their parents, regardless of where they plan to attend school. According Bradley, “the forms can be intimidating, but free help is available.”

It is important to come to the workshop with the information to complete the FAFSA form, available online on the College’s website (www.mendocino.edu). Click on Cash for College to find a checklist and a link to the FAFSA website, so the student and parent can apply for a PIN number. The PIN number will allow electronic signature of the FAFSA and speed up the process.

Students who attend the Mendocino College Cash for College workshop can enter to win a $1,000 scholarship! To apply for a Cal Grant the student must fill out two forms—the FAFSA and a Cal Grant GPA verification form. Many area high schools submit the GPA information electronically now, so each student should check with their high school counselor to see if a GPA form is needed.

The FAFSA is also the first step to all types of federal aid. Help will be available at the February 24th workshop, from 1:00pm-4:00pm. For more information, contact the Mendocino College financial aid office at 468-3110.


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Created: February 15, 2007 @ 04:34 PM
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