The Cal Grant Program

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FYI - There is still time to take a late start or short term class at City College of San Francisco. They begin mid-semester and the deadlines are listed in the Schedule of Classes (click here).
**May 2 is the last day for Late Add Forms.

With rising tuition costs, it is becoming increasingly difficult for young people to afford a college education. Now more than ever, financial aid plays an important role for students who are working hard to earn a college degree.

California's Cal Grant program ensures that if a student qualifies for college, but cannot afford it, the state of California will provide financial assistance to help them attend. Because they are grants, they do not have to be paid back, and can be used for fees, tuition or living expenses. Unfortunately, many are not aware of this program.

To learn more about Cal Grants, and whether you qualify for this assistance, please come to one of the free Cal Grant workshops that will be held in our community this month. At the workshops, students and families can find out if they qualify for a grant, and get help applying for one. See below for a workshop near you.

With a Cal Grant, students can be awarded up to $12,192 per year for University of California attendance, up to $5,472 per year at a California State University campus or $9,223 per year at an independent private campus. Cal Grants can also help pay for vocational or career/technical school expenses.

The Cal Grant program provides a wonderful avenue for many students who, without this assistance, would be unable to achieve the California dream. Please spread the word about Cal Grants and the upcoming workshops to your friends and family who may be interested in learning more about this helpful program.

Cal Grants Workshops

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Tuesday, 2/5/13
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
School of the Arts
555 Portola Drive
San Francisco

5:30 PM -7:30 PM
San Francisco International
1050 York Street
San Francisco

6:00 PM -8:30 PM
City Arts and Technology High School
325 La Grande Ave
San Francisco

Wednesday, 2/6/13
5:00 PM -8:00 PM
John O'Connell High School
2355 Folsom Street
San Francisco

Thursday, 2/7/13
5:30 PM -7:30 PM
International Studies Academy
655 De Haro Street,
San Francisco

Tuesday, 2/12/13
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Jefferson High School
6996 Mission Street
Daly City

What to Bring to the Workshops

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Those applying for financial aid must bring the following reference information to the workshop to receive assistance:

  • BEFORE ATTENDING: Students and parents must visit to obtain a FAFSA Personal Identification Number (PIN)
  • Driver's license, if you have one
  • Social Security card or number, if you have one
  • Alien registration number, if you have one
  • Yours or your parents' Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN), if you have one
  • Your 2012 income information
  • Parents' 2012 income information
  • Your tax and parent tax information; previous year taxes are okay for now if you do not have 2012 tax information
  • 2012 bank statements
  • Any records of untaxed income such as welfare benefits, Social Security benefits, or child support payments
  • List of colleges you are interested in attending

City College of San Francisco

List of late starting classes

Additional Resources

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California Public Higher Education Institutions:

California Community Colleges
1102 Q Street Sacramento, CA 95811

University of California System
1111 Franklin Street
Oakland, CA 94607

Association of Independent
California Colleges
1100 11th Street
Suite 10
Sacramento, CA 95814

California State University System
401 Golden Shore
Long Beach, CA 90802

Scholarship Information:

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
(800) 4-FED-AID (433-3243)

California Student Aid Commission
(888) CA GRANT (224-7268)

(877) 2 EDFUND (233-3863)

College Connection Scholarships
(302) 765-3880

FastWeb: Internet Scholarship Service

California College Explorer

Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid

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