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
High schools active in the Challenge had an average FAFSA completion rate of 78%. This means that more than 13,000 seniors in the Challenge completed their FAFSA or California Dream Act application!
This winter, sixty high schools across California participated in the California College Challenge to motivate students to find financial aid to pay for college and realize the power of digital tools and connectivity in education.
We have fantastic news to share: high schools active in the Challenge had an average FAFSA completion rate of 78%. This means that more than 13,000 seniors in the Challenge completed their FAFSA or California Dream Act application, thereby giving students access to as much as $195 million for their college education.
There was a competition for a celebrity principal for a day, too! It was an extremely close race to the top of the leader board. We are pleased to announce Sacramento Charter High School as the winner of the Get Schooled California College Challenge! With almost 98% of seniors submitting their FAFSA or California Dream Act application and strong online engagement, Sacramento Charter High School took top prize. Congratulations to the students and staff at Sacramento Charter High School for winning $1,500 and a celebration event with a celebrity!
In addition, we also wanted to recognize all of our College Starter Pack winners. Each of these schools had over 75% of their seniors submit their FAFSA and California Dream Act application AND over 30% of their students active on GetSchooled.com. Congratulations to each of the following schools for earning $500 grants for their school to spend as they choose!
Finally, a huge thank you to our partners. The Challenge was created in partnership with the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC), Comcast Internet Essentials, and Univision. Over the seven week period, we were able to offer over 80,000 high school students with activities, tools and resources to learn more about the FAFSA, the California Dream Act, and the Cal Grant. For the first time ever, we were able to provide immediate answers to student questions in English and Spanish through a FAFSA text hotline, as well as support through online tools and Cash for College workshops, and information on how families can access low-cost Internet through Comcast's Internet Essentials program (where available).
Thanks to all of the students, staff and schools who participated in the 2015 California College Challenge!