2020 Annual Statewide Financial Aid Workshops (Virtual)
(formerly known as High School Counselor Workshops)


The Annual Statewide Financial Aid Workshop series is a partnership effort between the California Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (CASFAA), The California Community Colleges Student Financial Aid Administrators Association (CCCSFAAA), the Educational Credit Management Corporation (ECMC) and the California Student Aid Commission. These free workshops offer high school counselors, student advocates, outreach specialists and community education partners the opportunity to obtain relevant financial aid information they can use to support their students. Topics have traditionally included updates to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and California Dream Act Application (CADAA), as well as updates on the Cal Grant programs and other programs that benefit foster youth and former foster youth such as the Chafee Grant. In 2019, nearly 6,000 participants took advantage of these free training events provided at nearly 40 locations all over the state.

While our Annual Statewide Financial Aid Workshops have always been conducted as in-person events, due to Covid-19 restrictions and the uncertainty surrounding travel constraints,  CSAC is transitioning all 2020 training events to a virtual format. In this way we hope to continue serving the needs of counselors, student advocates, outreach specialists and other educational partners. Our virtual platform will consist of live, scheduled webinars through Zoom, recorded workshop modules, new informational training videos and an online, virtual version of the workshop workbook.

While we won’t be together this year in person, we will continue to support our stakeholders during these difficult times by now offering an exceptional online training experience. We anticipate the live webinar trainings will begin in late August 2020. Please check our website for additional information and dates and ensure you have signed up to receive informational all updates from CSAC.