Richmond Promise 2017 to launch Oct. 3 with student and family workshop

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The application process for the Richmond Promise Scholarship Program — which provides all high school seniors who are Richmond and North Richmond residents up to $1,500 per year for college, along with a support system that guides students through the financial aid application process — is set to launch for its second year on Oct. 3.

To kick off the program’s 2017 launch, the Richmond Promise team is holding a workshop for youth and families on Oct. 3 that will help get them started on their financial aid and Richmond Promise applications. The workshop runs from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Computer Lab at 450 Civic Center Plaza in Richmond. Pizza will be served.

“We will help you set up your and your parent or guardians’ FSA ID for the FAFSA or account for the CA Dream Act, and create your account for your Richmond Promise application,” Richmond Promise Executive Director Jessie Stewart said in a statement.

Only one general admission ticket is needed per family. Space is limited so register as soon as possible here. Please register under the student’s name. Participants will need to bring in the student’s SSID, which is located on your transcript or can be obtained from a college counselor.

Anyone with questions should contact (510) 620-6531 or

For those who can’t make it to the Oct. 3 workshop, visit the Richmond Promise website for upcoming dates:

The Richmond Promise application’s early launch date this year coincides with the earlier than usual launch dates for the Free Applications for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the California Dream Act Application. For the first time this year, those federal financial aid applications are being accepted on Oct. 1 rather than in January.

Key Dates Moving Forward: 

October 1: FAFSA/Dream Act Application Opens

October 3: Richmond Promise Opens! Parent/Student Workshop #1 @ 5:30-7:00PM Civic Center Computer Lab (450 Civic Center)

October 19: Richmond Promise Community Information Meeting at City Hall: 5:30-7:00PM

November 1: Parent/Student Workshop #2 @ 5:30-7:00PM Civic Center Computer Lab (450 Civic Center)

November 29: Parent/Student Workshop #3 @ 5:30-7:00PM Civic Center Computer Lab (450 Civic Center)

December 13: Parent/Student Workshop #4 @ 5:30-7:00PM Civic Center Computer Lab (450 Civic Center)

December 15: Parent/Student Workshop #5 @ 5:30-7:00PM Civic Center Computer Lab (450 Civic Center)

March 2: FAFSA/Dream Act Due for Cal Grant

March 10: Richmond Promise Application Closes

Richmond Promise was made possible by a $35 million grant from Chevron, which was part of a $90 million community benefits agreement connected to the upcoming $1 billion modernization of the Richmond Refinery.

Photo: Richmond Promise Facebook page.


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