Sep 12, 2016
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Local high school students are encouraged to attend one of a number of free Cash for College workshops next month, where they can receive help in filling out their federal financial aid applications.

Such workshops are starting extra early this year, because for the first time the Free Applications for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the California Dream Act Application are being accepted starting Oct. 1. In past years, applications were not accepted until January.

In addition, students who live in Richmond and North Richmond should know that the Richmond Promise college scholarship application process opens Oct. 3. The program provides up to $1,500 annually per student and also assists students through the financial aid process.

Here’s a list of dates, times and locations for upcoming Cash for College workshops:

  • Thursday, October 13, 6:00pm – 8:00pm at Hercules High School, 1900 Refugio Valley Rd., Hercules, CA  94547
  • Thursday, October 20, 6:30pm- 8:00pm at Pinole Valley High School, 2900 Pinole Valley Rd., Pinole, CA  94564
  • Tuesday, October 25, 5:30pm – 7:30pm at Kennedy High School, 4300 Cutting Blvd., Richmond, CA  94804
  • Saturday, October 29, 11:30am-1:30pm, Richmond Memorial Auditorium and Convention Center, 403 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond, CA  94804
  • Thursday, October 27, 5:00pm – 7:30pm at Richmond High School, 1250 23rd Street, Richmond, CA 94804
  • Wednesday, November 2, 6:30pm – 8:00pm at El Cerrito High School, 540 Ashbury Avenue, El Cerrito, CA  94530
  • Wednesday, November 16, 6:00pm – 8:00pm at De Anza High School, 5000 Valley View Rd., Richmond, CA  94803

What you should bring to the workshop:

  • Driver’s license, if you have one
  • Social Security card number if you have one
  • Alien registration number, if you have one
  • Your 2015 income information
  • Parent 2015 income information
  • Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) – yours or your parents’
  • Your tax and parent tax information; previous year taxes are okay for now if you don’t have 2015 tax information
  • Any records of untaxed income such as welfare benefits, Social Security benefits, or child support payments
  • List of colleges you are interested in attending

For a full list of workshops throughout the Bay Area, visit here.

Also, the Richmond Promise team put together a nifty list of important events for students seeking financial aid. See below.




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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.