Richmond nonprofits release ‘A Parent’s Guide to Financial Aid’

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Natalie Walchuk is executive director of GO Public Schools West Contra Costa (GO WCC), and this piece was originally posted on the organization’s website here. GO WCC supports a coalition of students, families, educators, and community allies united around generating solutions to ensure that every West Contra Costa student thrives.
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This story was originally published by GO Public Schools West Contra Costa.

By Natalie Walchuk

GO West Contra Costa and The Richmond Promise have teamed up once again to release an updated version of A Parent’s Guide to Financial Aid, a resource that provides in-depth information about how to help pay for college using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the California Dream Act Application (CADAA).  

“Applying for financial aid is a crucial aspect of the college-going pathway, and it is also one of the biggest obstacles for families,” shared Miguel Molina, Associate Director of Programs at The Richmond Promise. “There’s a lack of readily accessible information for families but A Parent’s Guide to Financial Aid will help bridge that gap.” 

This year’s guide also includes updates about new legislation impacting financial aid eligibility, more information about Cal Grants—California’s largest state-administered financial aid program, and a new tool to help families have early and honest conversations about the cost of college. 

A Parent’s Guide to Financial Aid is available for download in English and Spanish.  

GO West Contra Costa and The Richmond Promise are hosting a virtual financial aid information session for families on Wednesday, Nov. 10 at 6pm. To access this session, visit GO West Contra Costa’s Instagram page or The Richmond Promise’s Instagram page

Natalie Walchuk is executive director of GO Public Schools West Contra Costa (GO WCC), and this piece was originally posted on the organization’s website here. GO WCC supports a coalition of students, families, educators, and community allies united around generating solutions to ensure that every West Contra Costa student thrives.