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2011 January

MAPS Hosts Cash for College Events

CONTACT:  Gabriel Mendoza

E-mail: gmendoza@csu.fullerton.edu

Phone: (626) 232-4799

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BALDWIN PARK, Calif. – January 24, 2011 – Nonprofit MAPS 4 College will hold a free Cash for College workshop to help students and families complete the application for federal student aid on Feb. 22 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Esther Snyder Community Center in Baldwin Park.

The application is the first step to receiving college financial aid, some of which does not have to be repaid. Professionals from various universities and community colleges will be on hand to assist soon to be high school graduates in completing the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) form. This financial aid can be used toward four-year colleges or universities, community colleges, vocational, and technical schools.

Students and families are requested to bring the following items if available:  Drivers license and Social Security Card or number, alien registration number (Green Card) for non-U.S. citizens, parent and student income information for the year 2010, tax returns and bank statements for the year 2010; 2009’s are acceptable too, and a list of colleges interested in attending.

Professionals will also help undocumented students and foster youth determine alternatives for attending the college of their choice.

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            “We are encouraging all students to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine their individual eligibility,” said Fuentes-Michel in a statement from the California Student Aid Commission.

High school seniors or recent graduates who meet eligibility and financial requirements, and submit the FAFSA and a Cal Grant GPA verification form before the March 2 deadline, can receive up to $11,124 per year. High school seniors who attend the Cash for College workshop, complete an exit survey, and apply for a Cal Grant before the March 2 deadline, are eligible for a $1,000 scholarship.

San Francisco State University’s Office of Financial Aid estimates the cost for fees and tuition in the California State University System costs between $4,810 and $6,498 per year. The University of California System costs between $11,030 and $15,380 per year, while private and independent universities range from $25,881 to $40,385 per year.

“The current budget crisis facing our state cannot become a deterrent to the next generation of California’s workforce.  Now, more than ever, students need to continue to pursue a postsecondary path for their own future and the future prosperity of our state,” Fuentes-Michel said.

The Cash for College event will be held at Esther Snyder Community Center at 4100 Baldwin Park Blvd, Baldwin Park, CA 91706.

MAPS 4 College is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that helps students succeed in school, college, and life. The organization helps students graduate from high school, get accepted to a college, and attend college without taking any remedial courses. MAPS 4 College will then help the student graduate from college, gain job readiness skills, and find a career he or she will enjoy.

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