Friday, February 04, 2005

A letter from my desk...

Dear High School Counselors, Families, and Friends of College Bound Students:

Each year, many of our high school students do not pursue higher education because they think that they cannot afford the cost of attending college. What they may not know is that last year more than 60,000 of California's high school seniors were awarded financial aid grants through our Cal Grant Program. Any high school senior with a 2.0 GPA that meets certain requirements and completes a Cal Grant application by March 2, 2005, may receive up to $8,300 in grants that never have to be repaid. These grants can be used at most University of California and California State University campuses as well as many private, vocational and community colleges in California.

In light of the rising cost of college education, it is more important than ever for students to learn about the federal, state and local opportunities available to assist students and their families with college financing. This year, I am co-sponsoring the Cash For College Workshop, in partnership with the East Bay Consortium CalSoap Program and The Willie McGee Foundation to help high school seniors apply for financial aid. During these workshops financial aid professionals and trained volunteers will provide step-by-step assistance to students and families through the financial aid applications for state and federal funding.   Free tax preparation will also be provided if students and families bring their social security cards, W-2 forms and any other tax related documents. I invite you to learn more about college financing at the Cash For College Workshop hosted by Contra Costa College:
Saturday, February 5th, 2005

10:00am - 2:00pm

Contra Costa College

2600 Mission Bell Drive

San Pablo, CA 94806

I hope that you will assist me in spreading the word about this important event.

Money should not prevent a bright, energetic, young person from pursuing a college education.

For more information about this and other Cash For College Workshops in the East Bay, please contact The East Bay Consortium Office at (510) 879-8367.

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