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Chamber hosts ‘Super Saturday’ workshops for prep students

Helps student complete financial aid process

OW Staff Writer | 1/28/2016, midnight
The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and its strategic affiliate, UNITE-LA, will kick off the college financial aid application ...

The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and its strategic affiliate, UNITE-LA, will kick off the college financial aid application season on Jan. 30 with “Super Saturday,” day where they will host dozens of free workshops to help high school seniors complete college financial aid forms.

Over the coming weeks, the L.A. Area Chamber and its partners will host more than 150 workshops throughout the region to provide families the opportunity to meet with financial aid experts who will answer questions and guide them through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and California Dream Act applications.

“Because of the cost, many families believe college is out of reach. We want to show them that isn’t the case,” said chamber president and CEO Gary Toebben. “The business community needs an educated workforce, so it benefits us all to help students and their parents understand the financial aid process.”

The free workshops are part of the statewide California Cash for College campaign, led locally by the Chamber and UNITE-LA. More workshops will be available throughout the region leading up to the March 2 filing deadline for Cal Grants.

Now in its 15th year, L.A. Cash for College has helped thousands of students complete the financial aid application process and has awarded millions in additional college funding. In 2015, L.A. Cash for College helped students acquire nearly $35 million dollars in state and federal aid.

For more information about L.A. Cash for College or to find a workshop by zip code, visit www.lacashforcollege.org.

L.A. Cash for College is sponsored by Citi Foundation, City of Los Angeles, The Kresge Foundation, Bank of America, California Student Aid Commission, Ralphs, Wells Fargo, AT&T, BNSF Railway Foundation, Youssef & Kamel Mawardi Fund, Southern California Edison, Union Bank Foundation, Los Angeles Community College District, and Univision.