Steps to College 2015 takes place on Saturday, February 7, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Consulate General of Mexico in Sacramento, located at 2093 Arena Boulevard, in the Natomas neighborhood of Sacramento.
This event is FREE. Steps to College 2015 will highlight the importance of higher education for Latino high school students. This event is presented in both Spanish and English and parents are encouraged to attend. Students will have the opportunity to apply on-site for the California Dream Act financial aid, Cal Grants, and institutional aid and, if students are eligible, federal grants. The college financial aid application period in California begins on January 1, 2015 and is open until March 2, 2015...Read more!
Register online at www.stepstocollege2015.org
The Sacramento Bee featured an article and an editorial about Steps to College 2014, the northern California conference that helps DREAMERS in education path to higher education. Thousands of families visited the Mexican Consulate in Sacramento on Saturday, February 1, 2014 to complete applications for College Financial Aid.
Steps to College 2013 video - to view click below!
Steps to College 2013
Dream Act video - to view click below!
California Dream Act Application PSA
AB 130 allows students who meet AB 540 criteria (California Education Code 68130.5(a)) to apply for and receive non-state funded scholarships for public colleges and universities.
AB 131 allows students who meet AB 540 criteria to apply for and receive state-funded financial aid such as institutional grants, community college fee waivers, Cal Grant and Chafee Grant.California Dream Act Video Interviews on UNIVISION
Watch the newest California Dream Act Training Video presentations here: Dream Act Training Webinar!2014-15 Dream Act Application Documents
Get Schooled, a national education non-profit, has teamed up with Univision, Comcast, and the California Student Aid Commission to give students a website to find all the tools and resources they need to get ready for college. Students can get the scoop on researching colleges, the application process, figuring out financial aid, and everything in between by playing games, taking quizzes, watching videos, answering surveys, and completing quests.
New in 2015, Get Schooled, Univision and CSAC are also bringing students and parents a FAFSA Text Hotline in both English and Spanish! Students and parents can text FAFSA to 335577 for English or DINERO to 335577 for Spanish where our friends at Univision are standing by to talk all things FAFSA and financial aid. You can find additional details on our newly launched Get Schooled ĄDi Que Si! (Say Yes!) portal page that features content to address the needs of Latino students in both English and Spanish.
Comcast and the California Student Aid Commission, in partnership with Get Schooled, a national education nonprofit, is launching the California College Challenge, a seven-week program designed to increase college readiness skills and FAFSA and Cal Grant application completion. Last year, 66% of schools that participated in the California College Challenge posted increased FAFSA completion rates.
This Challenge will take place from January 20 through March 6, 2015. Schools will engage their entire student body (from freshmen to seniors), participating in fun and engaging online educational activities, while also motivating their seniors to submit their FAFSAs and Cal Grant applications. The school with the most points at the end of the Challenge will win a $1,500 grant and a celebrity principal for the day! In addition, every school that achieves a 75% FAFSA and Cal Grant completion rate and gets at least 30% of their students active on Get Schooled will earn a $500 cash grant. Students will also have the opportunity to earn individual prizes for themselves when they participate, including apparel, gift cards, Kindles, book sets, and more.
There is no cost for a school to participate in the College Challenge. However, the Challenge is limited to 60 California high schools. Additional criteria being considered include schools' free/reduced lunch percentages and prior FAFSA completion rates.
To sign-up for the Challenge, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-846-6485 for an application.
Don't delay - the deadline to apply is Tuesday, December 23rd!