Free Cash for College Workshop

Courtesy of Senator Connie M. Leyva

Senator Connie M. Leyva is inviting California’s high school seniors, parents, and guardians to a free Cash for College Workshop.  High school seniors are encouraged to attend the workshop and apply for a Cal Grant, a Middle Class Scholarship and/or other student financial aid between January 1 and the March 2 deadline.

California high school seniors who meet income qualifications and have a minimum GPA of 2.0 are guaranteed financial assistance through the Cal Grant program. These grants do not need to be repaid and may be used for tuition, fees, books, and access costs at qualifying public or private California two-year and four-year colleges and universities. If you are not sure whether you meet financial-need requirements, apply anyway. The California Student Aid Commission periodically raises the income ceilings depending on the budget, and changes can occur that alter a family’s situation. For information on program qualifications, visit

A new middle class scholarship program provides undergraduate students with family income and assets up to $150,000 a scholarship to attend University of California or California State University campuses. Application is made by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the CA Dream Act (CADA) Application

The California Student Aid Commission provides guidelines to determine whether you are eligible for financial aid; it is not the final determination of your financial need. Here’s a checklist of helpful information needed to complete the application. Bring all of the following items that apply to you:

  • Student’s Social Security card & driver license (or government-issued ID);
  • Parent or guardian’s Social Security card;
  • If you are not a U.S. citizen, bring your Alien Registration card; if you do not have an AR card, check out to see if you qualify for California Dream Act financial aid;
  • Parent’s Federal Income Tax return, current W-2 forms or other records of income;
  • Records of untaxed income such as TANF, veteran’s benefits, or Social Security benefits;
  • Student’s W-2 forms, pay records or other records of income earned;
  • Bank account records or bank statements;
  • Records of stocks, bonds or investments;
  • Business and farm records.

If you know the colleges you are interested in attending, bring a list. These workshops are intended to provide information and to assist in filling out applications; attendance is not an assurance of a grant or scholarship.

Workshops will be held on the following dates:

Tues, Feb. 9, 2016 • 6-8 pm at Colony High School, 3850 E. Riverside Dr. Ontario;

Wed., Feb. 10, 2016 • 6-8 pm at Colony High School, 3850 E. Riverside Dr. Ontario;

Tues., Feb. 16, 2016 • 6-8 pm at Jurupa Hills High School, 10700 Oleander Ave, Fontana;

Wed., Feb. 24, 2016 • 6-8 pm at Montclair High School, 4725 Benito Street, Montclair.

For more information, please call 909-591-7016.