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Cash For College Workshops Held Across Inland Empire

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SAN BERNARDINO – Cal State San Bernardino’s Latino Education and Advocacy Days project will conduct more than 45 free Cash for College workshops in February across the Inland Empire to help high school seniors and their families fill out federal and state financial aid forms as part of “I Love FAFSA” and “Cal Grant Month.”

At stake for each student applicant is up to $7,000 in Cal Grant and Pell Grant aid to attend a California community college, and up to $17,192 in Cal Grant and Pell Grant aid to attend a four-year institution, depending on the institutions and other program requirements.

In partnership with the California Student Aid Commission, the Cash for College workshops will be held at various high schools, community colleges and universities throughout San Bernardino and Riverside counties. LEAD began offering the workshops in the Inland Empire in January, when 48 workshops were held. For a complete list of workshop dates and locations, visit the LEAD Cash for College workshop Web page at http://lead.csusb.edu/cash.htm.

“We are offering these workshops because high school seniors and their families are overwhelmed from all the different steps that they have to negotiate through to be accepted into a college, and that often doesn’t include financial aid,” said Enrique Murillo, executive director of the LEAD project. “These workshops are designed to help students and their families learn about financial aid and all it entails, such as grants, loans and work study programs, and most importantly give them help in filling out the crucial federal financial aid application.”

Financial aid experts, outreach staff and trained volunteers will offer hands-on multilingual financial aid assistance for students and their families to successfully complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The deadline to apply for Cal Grants and most other types of financial aid for colleges and universities in California is March 2.

Participants at the LEAD Cash for College workshops also have the opportunity to win a $1,000 incentive scholarship courtesy of ECMC Inc., by completing an exit survey and applying for a Cal Grant by the March 2 deadline. Students eligible for in-state tuition may also qualify for the $1,000 incentive scholarship. Winners will be announced in May.

Established in 1994, ECMC is a national guaranty agency and the designated guarantor in Virginia, Oregon, Connecticut and California, insuring a $35 billion student loan portfolio.

Also, high school seniors can individually or with a team compete to win up to a $4,000 scholarship by entering the “California Cash for College Why I Apply YouTube Video Contest.” For details visit the contest website at http://www.whyiapply.com. Winners will be announced in late May.

For more information on the LEAD Cash for College Workshops in the Inland Empire, contact Elena Carrasco by e-mail at carrasco@csusb.edu. Visit the LEAD Cash for College workshop Web page at http://lead.csusb.edu/cash.htm.

For more information on Cal State San Bernardino contact the university’s Office of Public Affairs at (909) 537-5007 and visit http://news.csusb.edu.

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