By Jose Cabrera
East Los Angeles College Financial Aid office held its Financial Aid Awareness Day last Wednesday.
Advisers were there to answer questions students had about financial aid and provided helpful information about some services the office has to offer.
Financial Aid helps students who have trouble covering expenses that are needed throughout the students college journey.
Programs such as CalGrant and PelGrant provide money for students attending college and do not need to be paid back.
Federal Work Studies is another program that helps students who are in search of work and will provide working hours on school grounds.
Financial Aid also helps out students by offering the California College Promise Grant, formerly known as Board of Governors Grant.
This grant helps by paying for the classes students are taking.
“Financial Aid has helped me with my expenses throughout my college journey,” ELAC sudent, Alan Ayala said.
Financial Aid helps students for six years as long as they meet these requirements: a 2.0 grade point average and complete 67 percent of classes.
Once the requirements have been met, students will receive an email to their Los Angeles Community College District account to notify them if they’re eligible or not.
“We encourage students to come and take advantage of these programs because it will help you in accomplishing your dream and, who doesn’t love free money?” Gladys Rodriguez, financial aid advisor said.
Students can stop by the Financial Aid Office located at E1 building room 135 for further questions or to get help filling out their applications.
Students can also call at (323) 265-8738. Applications are now being accepted for 2019-2020.