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2021–22 Financial Aid Workshops Available for Families

Sacramento Cal-SOAP Consortium Coordinating Local Information Sessions

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March 2, 2022, is the deadline to submit FAFSA or Dream Act applications. The Cash for College workshops, sponsored by the California Student Aid Commission, offer help completing financial aid forms and scholarship applications.

Do you or a student you know need money for college? How about help filling out all those financial aid forms?

If so, consider participating in one of the free Cash for College workshops held online for the Sacramento region. Trained volunteers will be helping students and families learn how to file for state and federal financial aid, including FAFSA, Dream Act, and Chafee Grant applications.

The California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) sponsors the annual workshops, and the Sacramento Cal-SOAP Consortium (California Student Opportunity Access Program) at the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) is the local coordinator. Cal-SOAP directly serves students in 55 elementary, middle, and high schools throughout Sacramento County.

Virtual Cash for College Workshops

Register online (under the “Upcoming Workshops” section) for the Cash for College Workshop being held for your local school. Due to COVID-19, this year’s workshops are being conducted virtually.

October 2021

  • October 1: CSUS/Féria De Educación (2–3:30 p.m.)
  • October 2: CSUS/Féria De Educación (2–3:30 p.m.)
  • October 5: Highlands High School (6–8 p.m.)
  • October 6: Encina High School (6–8 p.m.)
  • October 6: Natomas High School (6–8 p.m.)
  • October 7: Rio Vista High School (6–8 p.m.)
  • October 7: River City High School (6–8 p.m.)
  • October 12: El Camino High School (6–8 p.m.)
  • October 12: Foothill High School (6–8 p.m.)
  • October 13: Delta High School (6–8 p.m.)
  • October 13: Sacramento High School (6–8 p.m.)
  • October 14: Cristo Rey High School (6–8 p.m.
  • October 14: Laguna Creek High School (6–8 p.m.)
  • October 19: Sheldon High School (6–8 p.m.)
  • October 20: Rosemont High School (6–8 p.m.)
  • October 21: Elk Grove High School (6–8 p.m.)
  • October 23: Woodland Community College (9–12 p.m.)
  • October 26: Valley High School (6–8 p.m.)
  • October 27: McClatchy High School (6–8 p.m.)
  • October 27: Roseville High School (6–8 p.m.)
  • October 28: Cordova High School (6–8 p.m.)

November 2021

  • November 2: San Juan High School (6–8 p.m.)
  • November 3: Monterey Trail High School (6–8 p.m.)
  • November 4: Florin High School (6–8 p.m.)
  • November 9 Grant High School (6–8 p.m.)
  • November 10: Hiram Johnson High School (6–8 p.m.)
  • November 16: Rio Linda High School (6–8 p.m.)
  • November 17: Luther Burbank High School (5:30–7:30 p.m.)
  • November 18: Calvine High School (6–8 p.m.)
  • November 18: Davis High School (6–8 p.m.)

What to Prepare Before the Workshop

Families should plan to have the following materials available:

  • Prior-year (2020) tax information (Forms 1040 and W2)
  • FSA ID (for FAFSA filers only)
  • Driver’s license (if you have one)
  • Social Security card (if you have one)
  • Alien Registration card (if you have one)
  • List of colleges you are interested in
  • Most current bank statements
  • Any records of untaxed income

Workshop Volunteers Needed

Help students get free cash for college by volunteering at one of this year’s workshops. Register for online volunteer training, being offered on Wednesday, September 15 (6–8 p.m.) or Thursday, September 30 (6–8 p.m.). For more information about volunteering, please email Mayra Mireles-Tijero.