2023 College Affordability Summit


College Affordability Summit

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The 4th Annual California College Affordability Summit (Summit) in partnership with the Riverside County Office of Education, the Education Trust-West, and the California Department of Education will take place on November 7 & 8, 2023 at the Riverside Convention Center in Riverside, CA.  The Summit will provide K-12 educators, high school counselors, college financial aid administrators, student advocates, and policy leaders with updates, resources, and tools for the upcoming 2024-2025 application cycle.

Session themes will cover the following areas:

  • Breaking barriers for student college success
  • Building bridges to connect students to resources
  • Making college affordable
  • Understanding the Better FAFSA and enhanced California Dream Act Application

Summit Schedule

Schedule at a Glance

Tuesday November 7, 2023

9:40 a.m. – 12:50 p.m.

Campus Tour at University of California, Riverside (optional; only available for conference attendee)


9:40 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. – Bus pick up at Riverside Convention Center
10:00 a.m. – 10:25 a.m. – Travel to UCR
10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Campus Tour
11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Admissions Presentation (MSE 103)
11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Glasgow Dining Hall
12:30 p.m. – 12:50 p.m. – Pick up and return to Riverside Convention Center

Register here for tour:

11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Summit Early-Bird Check-in

1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Pre-Summit Sessions offered concurrently:


Session I: Better FAFSA & Better CADAA Demo Training


Session II: Understanding and Supporting College Students’ Basic Needs 

4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Network Event

Wednesday November 8, 2023

7:00 – 8:30 a.m.

Check-in & Continental Breakfast

College Affordability Resource Fair

8:30 – 10:00 a.m.

Welcome and General Session

10:00 – 10:10 a.m.


10:10 – 11:00 a.m.

Breakout Session I


1. Leveraging the Financial Aid tools on California Colleges.edu
2. Advancing Financial Aid Accessibility: Learning from Success in LA Unified
3. Increasing College Access & Success for Underrepresented Youth
4. Improving College Affordability for Student Parents
5. Policy in Practice: Increasing College Affordability for Undocumented Students
6. Leveraging DSIG to Support Undocumented Students without DACA
7. Updates from Higher Ed Segment Panel: Shawn Brick, Noelia Gonzalez, Gina Brown, and Kaitlyn Goslinga 5. Policy in Practice: Increasing College Affordability for Undocumented Students
8. Strengthening Communications with Students About the Value of College Ed
9. The Overlooked Obstacle: How Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP Policies Impeded Student Success and Equity
10. Get Ready for Better FAFSA/Better CADAA and Sustaining the Completion Gains

11:00 – 11:10 a.m.


11:10 – 12:00 a.m.

Breakout Session II


1. California’s Universal Financial Aid Policy: Stories of the Inland Empire Best Practices and Data Analysis
2. A Mexico-Inland Empire Partnership Model: Learn how to strengthen your school district’s bridge to financial aid resources
3. All In for Financial Aid, INCLUDING Undocumented Students
4. ScholarShare 529 & CalKIDS The First Step to College
5. #HandsOffMyScholarship! Eliminating Scholarship Displacement for Equity in Financial Aid Packing
6. Scaling Student Placements for the LEAP Program
7. Student Loan Debt and Student Borrower Rights in California
8. How Institutional Debt Impacts Colleges & Students
9. From Poverty to Justice: Centering Student Basic Needs in Higher Education
10. Barriers to Financial Aid for Foster and Quasi-Foster Youth

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Lunch & Remarks

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Keynote Address

2:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Race to Submit Ceremony

2:30 – 2:40 p.m.


2:40 – 3:30 p.m.

Breakout Session III


1. Regional Collaboration to Increase Financial Aid Completion
2. Visualizing College Costs and Affordability for Informed Enrollment Decisions
3. The Case for Student Aid Offer Standardization in California
4. Moving Beyond Financial Aid in Pursuit of Financial Freedom: Integrating Financial Literacy into College Access and Success Work
5. How Family-School Partnerships Build Postsecondary Pathways
6. What Rising Parent PLUS and Grad PLUS Borrowing Means for Equity and Affordability in California
7. Best Practices for Supporting Undocumented Students
8. Preparing Our Communities/Families for the Changes to the Better FAFSA/CADAA

3:30 – 4:00 p.m.



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If you would like to be a sponsor of the 2023 College Affordability Summit, please view our College Affordability Summit Sponsorship Package and email Catalina Cifuentes at ccifuentes@rcoe.us.