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Financial Aid Session Offers Help with Paperwork

College-minded high school seniors and their families have a chance to get answers to their financing questions and help filling out forms Saturday, Feb. 13, at Gardena High School. A representative of Loyola Marymount University will be available to guide students and parents through the financial aid process at a Cash for College Workshop sponsored by Assemblyman Steven Bradford. 

“A college education is extremely important in today’s work environment in California,” said, Bradford, who earned a B.A. in political science and a paralegal certificate from CSU Dominguez Hills. “We need to continue to support higher education and provide the opportunities Californians need to learn a new skill set or remain marketable in their current jobs.” Bradford represents the 51st District, which includes Alondra Park, Del Aire, Gardena, Hawthorne, Inglewood, Lennox, West Athens, West Compton, and parts of Ladera Heights, Willowbrook and Los Angeles, including the LMU campus.

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 include questions related to race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, or religion.

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