Published : Tuesday, January 26, 2016 | 4:57 PM
Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) counselors are urging high school seniors and their families to attend “Cash for College” workshops on January 30 at Pasadena City College and get one-on-one help completing applications for college grants and scholarships that are due March 2, 2016. Additional workshops are scheduled at PUSD high schools in January and February.
“Our core mission is to ensure that students graduate from our schools prepared for college and careers, and part of that preparation is ensuring that our graduates can fund their post-secondary education,” said Superintendent Brian McDonald, Ed.D. “We invite district families to attend these free workshops and learn how to navigate the college funding systems so that all of our children have an opportunity to realize their potential.”
The Saturday, January 30, Cash for College workshop is from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the PCC Creveling Lounge, 1570 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Families can get help completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and/or the California Dream Act Application (for eligible AB540 students). These forms must be submitted by March 2, 2016, to receive priority consideration for state and federal financial aid including grants, loans, and work-study opportunities. Families should bring important documents to complete the forms. For a list of documents and more information, go to www.pasadena.edu/cashforcollege. Although the PCC workshop also offers help completing the Cal Grant GPA Verification form, PUSD submits all student grade point averages electronically to the California Student Aid Commission so that students can concentrate on completing the FAFSA and other forms in time.
John Muir High School held a Cash for College workshop in January; another is scheduled Feb. 17 at 3:15 p.m. Rose City High School offers assistance to students and families every week; contact the school at rosecity.pusd.us for details.
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