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  Featured Presenter: Mark Kantrowitz Event Brite

 Publisher, Sr. Vice President, Mr. Kantrowitz is  a nationally recognized expert on financial aid and student  borrowing He has written extensively on college access and  affordabilty, and discusses challenges facing...READ MORE

  FREE Online Professional Training Free Online Professional Training

  Beginning on Monday, June 9, 2014 high school counselors   and college financial aid administrators may login for free   online professional training provided by the California   Student Aid Commission. Please join us to learn more   about important topics ranging from Non-Social Security   Number Grade Point Average Matching Processes (Non-SSN GPA) to Using the WebGrants System, Cal Grants 101, the California Dream Act Overview and more...REGISTER HERE

  College Access Tax Credit Fund is a Win-Win News College Access Tax Credit

  Learn more about how you or your business can earn up to   60% of the amount contributed to California's new College   Access Tax Credit Fund by making your contribution before   December 31, 2014. Your contribution can help significantly   increase the Cal Grant B Access Award ... READ MORE


Top Ten Things you Need to Know

1. The Middle Class Scholarship (MCS):
The Middle Class Scholarship (MCS) is a new program beginning in the 2014-15 academic year that provides undergraduate students with family incomes up to $150,000 a scholarship to attend University of California (UC) or California State University (CSU) campuses.

2. Students must meet the following
Be a California resident attending a UC or CSU; be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or have AB 540* student status; meet certain income and other financial aid standards; maintain satisfactory academic progress; not be in default on a student loan; and, must not be incarcerated.

3. Apply:
Complete a 2014-15 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at or the California Dream Act Application at Use the California Dream Act Application if you do not have a Social Security number (SSN) or if you have a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) number. Make sure your email address is listed on your FAFSA or California Dream Act Application.

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4. If your family earns up to $100,000 per year:
You may be eligible for a scholarship of up to 40 percent of the mandatory systemwide tuition and fees: The maximum award amount is a lesser percentage of mandatory systemwide tuition and fees for each academic year beginning in 2014-15 at 14%, 2015-16 (20%), and 2016-17 (30%)

5. Students whose families earn between
$100,001 and $150,000 per year:
May be eligible for a reduced scholarship of no less than 10 percent of the mandatory systemwide tuition and fees.

6. MCS scholarships are not set amounts and
may vary by student and institution:
The award is determined after you are awarded any federal Pell Grant, Cal Grant and institutional need-based grants for which you are eligible. The final award amount will be based on the number of students eligible for the MCS statewide and the funding allocated by the State Budget.

7. The MCS is being phased in over four years:
Each academic year, the maximum amount of the scholarship will increase until 2017-18, when the maximum scholarship award will be up to 40 percent of the mandatory systemwide fees and tuition.

8. To get assistance completing the FAFSA
or California Dream Act Application:
Attend a Cash for College workshop January 1 thru March 2. Students must reapply each year. Visit for locations.

9. If you are selected to receive a MCS:
If you are selected to receive a MCS, you will be notified by the Commission.

10. Need more information about this       scholarship?:
Contact your UC or CSU campus Financial Aid Office or check the California Student Aid Commission's website for updates.

Posted: 12-12-13

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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, college admission, and immigration pathways to citizenship undocumented students can to attend college in the Golden State regardless of their legal status thanks to the California Dream Act.

See Links to full article, photographs and Editorial

To download... click links below!

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

Authored by Assembly Member Gil Cedillo (Los Angeles), became law through the passage of two Assembly Bills, AB 130 and AB 131.

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 California Dream Act Training Webinar

Presented by the California Student Aid Commission. Watch the newest California Dream Act Training Videos.You can download the five training video presentations here: Dream Act Training Webinar!

2014-15 Dream Act Application Documents 2013-14 Dream Act Application Documents
Steps to College 2014


Naya visits Alliance Collins Family College Ready High School to recognize their first place finish in Get Schooled's 2014 college challenge, beating out more than 40 other high schools

Naya Rivera, recording artist and actress, celebrated success with the students and staff at Alliance Collins Family College Ready High School in Los Angeles for winning the 2014 College Challenge. As part of a friendly competition sponsored by Get Schooled and the California Student Aid Commission, the California College Challenge inspired 100% of Alliance Collins' seniors to apply to and be accepted into college for this fall ... and win the spring 2014 FAFSA completion challenge. The friendly competition was supported by the California Endowment and USA Funds and saw a 5 percent increase in FAFSA completion rates in the 44 participating schools.

Naya Rivera, a native of Los Angeles, applauded the students commitment to their success despite obstacles and challenges that stand in students' paths. Naya said, "I'm proud to have the chance to celebrate with the Alliance Collins community and the investment they have made in themselves and their futures." Get Schooled, a national non-profit, and the California Student Aid Commission, the principal California agency administering all state-authorized financial aid programs for students, sponsored the California College Challenge, designed to offer schools and students across the State highly engaging ways to explore college options, understand key requirements, and complete critical steps to accessing financial aid. According to data from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the United States has dropped from first to 11th in the world in college completion rates over the last decade. Educators have noted that a key driver in improving college completion rates is ensuring students are prepared academically and financially for college when they graduate from high school.

"Alliance Collins Family College Ready High School is an example of what can happen when an entire community comes together to support students in reaching their goals," said Marie Groark, executive director of the Get Schooled Foundation. "Get Schooled and The Commission are excited to show the school community that their hard work and commitment to creating positive futures did not go unnoticed."

A group of student leaders at Alliance Collins spearheaded the effort in their school by mobilizing their classmates to participate in the competition and apply to college and for financial aid. As a result of their efforts, Alliance Collins' students seized the top prize, coming together to achieve a 100 percent participation rate in online activities such as chats with college experts and college exploratory sessions.

Everything we do at Alliance Collins is aimed at helping our students successfully enroll in and complete a four-year college or university. The College Challenge was an important resource for our school ...Read More!


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