Cash for College Workshops in AD 24

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Paying for college can be difficult, but California has always been a leader in providing eligible students with an affordable college education. Cal Grant and the Middle Class Scholarship are two great state programs to help California families afford college.

The Cal Grant, a need-based state financial aid program, has been a big part of making college affordable for many California families. Qualified students can receive up to $12,192 in funding to attend almost any college in California – awards vary depending on economic need, grades and the college you attend. During the 2016-17 school year, the California Student Aid Commission offered nearly a billion dollars in Cal Grants and other financial aid to approximately 320,000 eligible students.

The Middle Class Scholarship Act is a newer program for students who do not qualify for Cal Grants but are still priced out of college. It offers sliding-scale discounts of up to 40 percent for families who earn $150,000 or less and don't qualify for Cal Grants, which support lower-income students. Students must have at least a “C” average. 

Students apply for both the Cal Grant and the Middle Class Scholarship by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 

For one-on-one assistance filing the FAFSA or the California Dream Act and Chaffee Grant for Foster Youth applications, attend a free, upcoming Cash for College workshop. You and your family may attend any of the Cash for College workshops, regardless of where your child attends high school. Bilingual assistance (English/Spanish) will be available. 

Don't delay! The deadline to apply is March 2. 

Upcoming workshops:

October 2
6 - 8 p.m.

Menlo-Atherton High School 

October 28
8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

East Palo Alto Academy

November 2
4 - 8 p.m.

Fremont/Monta Vista High School 

November 9
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

East Palo Alto Phoenix Academy

November 14
3 - 7 p.m.

Mountain View High School

December 6
4 - 7 p.m.

Cupertino High School

You will need the following documents on hand to complete the FAFSA, CADAA, or Chafee Grand for Foster Youth Application: 

  • FSA ID (Please create one before the workshop at
  • Driver’s license, if you have one
  • Social Security Card or number, if you have one
  • Alien registration number, if you have one
  • Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) – yours and/or your parents’
  • List of colleges you are interested in attending
  • Most current 2017 bank statements
  • Parents’ most current 2017 bank statements 
  • Any records of untaxed income such as welfare benefits, Social Security benefits, or child support payments
  • Your 2016 W2’s or income information
  • Your parents’ 2016 W2’s or income information 

What to bring (English).pdf

What to Bring (Spanish).pdf