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Financial Aid Paperwork Help for High School Seniors


Bringing home good grades was the first step to going off to college. Financing higher education is the next step.

Loyola Marymount University will participate in two workshops Jan. 30 for high school seniors who want help and advice finding the funds for college. Cash for College workshops will be held at Westchester High School and Mission College in Sylmar.

“We’re looking forward to the Cash for College event at Westchester high school,” said Kristen Rivas, assistant director of counseling and outreach for LMU’s Financial Aid Office. “It is an opportunity to connect with the families and assist them through the financial aid process.”

The free workshops provide one-on-one assistance and guidance in finding and applying for financial aid for college. Families also get help completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid – FAFSA – and the Cal Grant GPA verification forms. The FAFSA consists of numerous questions regarding the student's finances, as well as those of his or her family; these become a formula that determines the expected family contribution and the eligibility for financial aid. The FAFSA does not ask questions related to race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, or religion.

Kerri McCann, a financial aid counselor at LMU, will be at Mission College to offer assistance and advice.

Another workshop is being planned for the Westchester-Marina del Rey area in February.

Last year, more than 6,400 students and 7,000 family members attended over 115 Cash for College Day workshops held in the Los Angeles area. For more information about the workshops, click here; for information about LMU’s Financial Aid Office, click here.

Posted Jan. 26, 2010