2014 WORKSHOPS
2013-2014
Cash for College
Site Organizer/
Site Captain Training
Mission
Statewide program whose mission is to help
low-income and first-generation college-goers
complete the financial aid application process
so they can access financial aid for education
and career/technical training after high school
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Impact
Since its inception, L.A. Cash for College has served
nearly 210,000 students and their families – providing
much needed information and resources to ensure
students apply for and receive financial aid.
2013 Program Data
• 735 workshops hosted throughout the state, 140 in
Los Angeles
• More than 35,000 students served, 8,100 in Los
Angeles
Impact
• Los Angeles students received over $37-million in
Cal Grant and Pell Grant aid
• Cash for College awarded Los Angeles students an
addition $450,000 in scholarships
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Requirements
Cash for College Workshop Organizer Expectations
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Provide students and their parents/guardians line-by-line assistance on the FAFSA,
California Dream Act and Cal Grant GPA Verification Forms
Offer available Internet-connected computers at workshop
Offer additional language support at workshops, specific to local needs
At each workshop, provide participant access to the web-based Cash for College exit
survey, or the official paper-based exit survey
Use attendance sign-in sheets at workshops and return copies to regional or
statewide office
Aggressively promote available California Cash for College scholarships prior to
your workshop(s)
Following the March 2 deadline, using the online tools provided at the Cash for
College site to help evaluate the workshop series
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Support
Support for Cash for College Workshop Organizers
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A $1,000 incentive scholarship to students who participate in a CFC workshop
Secure organization accounts on the CCFC Workshop Management system, at
www.calgrants.org/cashforcollege
Financial Aid PowerPoint Presentations developed by experts
Online Exit Survey/Scholarship Entry form
A collection of customizable planning and outreach tools
Coordination of local, regional and statewide marketing efforts to increase participant
attendance
Access to available marketing resources through the online materials ordering
Access to specialized trainings and resources (Please see training schedule at
www.lacashforcollege.org )
$300 site stipend for workshop sites with 25 or more student evaluations (must be request
after the workshop)
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Materials
Materials Now Available
Available from Los Angeles Cash for College:
•Organizer/Site Captain Manual
•Volunteer Invitation Letter
•Lunch Sponsorship Request Letter
•Site Organizer and FAFSA Training Registration
•AB540 Guides
Coming in January:
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Super Saturday Fliers & Posters
Customizable Workshop Fliers
Super Saturday Program
Sign in sheets
Directional signage
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Materials
Materials Available through CSAC
On Cal Grants website - http://www.calgrants.org/cashforcollege
• Line-by-line FAFSA Presentation
• Shortened “lab” Presentation
• Spanish language financial aid presentations
• FAFSA on the Web Worksheets (English/Spanish)
• Exit Surveys
CA Dream Act Resources – www.caldreamact.org
• Online CA Dream Act Application
• Dream Act Application Worksheet
• CSAC CA Dream Act Webinar Registration
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Training
Cash for College provides training
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• Site Organizers
– in-person and via webinar
• FAFSA “Forms Assistants”
– in-person and via webinar
• AB540/California Act Volunteers
– via webinar through the California
Student Aid Commission
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Super Saturday
Ingredients for a Successful Cash for College Workshop
February 1st Workshop Support v
Alternate Date Workshop Support
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Staffing
Ingredients for a Successful Cash for College Workshop
RECOMMENDED STAFFING
•Site Captain/Organizer (one per site)
•Financial Aid Content Volunteers (2 per site)
•Form Assistants (3-5 per site each site)
•AB540/CA Dream Act Specialists (1-2 per site, if
needed)
•Workshop Site Hospitality Team (3-5 per site)
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Planning
WHAT TO DO BEFORE THE WORKSHOP
•Promote the Workshop
•Order Cash for College Materials
•Obtain Refreshments
•Identify Volunteers
(especially content experts)
•Facilitate workshop site arrangements
(facilities/equipment)
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Activities
Ingredients for a Successful Cash for College Workshop
Recommended Cash for College Day Activities
•Welcome
•Check-in
•Financial Aid Presentation
•One-on-One Assistance
•Check-out – Submit Exit Survey Electronically
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Scholarship
Cash for College Scholarship Requirements:
Students must:
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Attend a Cash for College Workshop
Be a High School Senior
Complete a CFC Workshop Evaluation Form/Exit Survey
File their FAFSA or California Dream Act application (if
AB540 eligible), and Cal Grant GPA Verification Form prior
to the March 2nd Deadline
5. Attend a 2 or 4-year accredited degree granting institution,
pursuing an Associates or Bachelors Degree (Cal Grant eligible
schools - http://sandbox.csac.ca.gov/CalGrant_Inst/CalGrantInstSearch.aspx)
6. Attend college in Fall 2014
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Web-Based “Wrapper”
• Available at www.calgrants.org/wrapper
• Enter exit survey code (alphanumeric) (not the
same as workshop ID)
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“Wrapper” Home Screen
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Follow Up
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Reporting
“How Did We Do?” Reports
Customized reporting for your site, including:
• Number of applications submitted and completed
• Amount of aid awarded to your participants
• Workshop rating
• Attendance by gender, ethnicity, grade level, parent
education level
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Staff and Contact Information
Los Angeles Region
Kelly Reynolds, Program Coordinator, Los Angeles Cash for College
L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce / UNITE-LA
Phone 213.580.7549 | Cell 661.373.8349 | Fax 213.482.0814
[email protected]
Paola Santana, Program Manager, Los Angeles Cash for College
L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce / UNITE-LA
Phone 213.580.7586 | Cell 818.400.8478 | Fax 213.482.0814
[email protected]
Alma Salazar, Regional Director, Los Angeles Cash for College
L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce / UNITE-LA
Phone 213.580.7566 | Cell 562.209.4794 | Fax 213.482.0814
[email protected]
Statewide
Despina Costopoulos, Statewide Coordinator, California Cash for College
California Student Aid Commission, Sacramento
Phone 916.526.6410 | [email protected]
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