OPINION: Late financial aid causes troubles for students

March 14, 2018

By Gustavo Buenrostro The spring semester is more than a month in and students still have not received their financial aid.  That is not okay. Many students are going to the Financial Aid Office to figure out why they haven’t received any money yet.  What the office tells students is that they don’t  know when they will receive their financial aid. The best they can do is tell students whether…


OPINION: Financial aid not helping students in need

By Cristal Gomez Financial aid is not helping students in need. During times like these, financial aid isn’t fulfilling its purpose as is making students worry if they will be able to pay for their semester. Winter session helps students obtain credits in order to graduate earlier or on time, but the money was not given to students who  needed the aid in order to get their classes. A freshman…

February 14, 2018

OPINION: A students’ call for help with financial aid

By Andrew Ayala As ELANs we understand how difficult it is to get any sort of help with Financial Aid due to the disorganization of the office. At the South Gate campus there are days where we can’t go to turn in paperwork and can only ask questions, which isn’t posted until that day. Imagine coming out of class in a hurry to turn in a paper and you see…

December 2, 2017

Financial Aid Awareness event informs students of resources

By Melody Ortiz Students learned about the financial aid process during the Financial Aid Awareness Day event Thursday at noon in front of the E3 building. The event was hosted by  Financial Aid Office Assistant Gladys Rodriguez and she explained the purpose of the event. Financial Aid Awareness Day is used to inform students of the main topics of the Financial Aid process and to answer frequently asked questions. Participating…

October 18, 2017

Independents students are not being considered independent through FASFA

By: Tremaine Hampton Although I’ve been on my own since I was 17 (I’m 22 now), I’ve never received a dime from financial aid through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA). Financial Aid is meant to help those that want to attend school but can’t afford it or need extra help. However due to an outdated rule, myself and many other students do not get to utilize this…

May 16, 2017

Community College: A good start for any scholar

By: Erick Alfaro College is an important part of most people’s life. Especially after high school, a 4-year college is highly considered and looked upon. But one of the most ignored facts is that it’s expensive. Whether it’s a Cal State, UC, or private, attending a 4-year can leave a good dent in someone’s pocket, ranging anywhere from $5 thousand to $50 thousand. Luckily for anyone attending schools in the…

May 16, 2017

Financial aid office hosts ‘Awareness Day’

By Rogelio Alvarez  The Financial Aid Office is hosting a Financial Aid Awareness Day where students can ask questions and receive information on financial aid today in front of the E3 Building from noon to 2 p.m. Financial aid staff will be at the event ready to assist any students. Light refreshments will be provided and students can participate in a scavenger hunt where they can win prizes. “When we…

April 19, 2017

Government Act to help Students’ Financial Aid

By Javier Lopez The benefits of making four-year public universities and colleges tuition free could increase the amount of students who attend/ graduate college. The College for All Act could make college free. The Act is meant to eliminate undergraduate tuition; making higher education free for students. Educating the youth would help increase the success rate of low income students and encourage others to pursue a higher education. The Act…

September 27, 2015

Students encouraged to check financial aid limits

  By Diego Olivares Students enrolling at East Los Angeles College need to plan how they use their financial aid before it reaches its limits. New and returning students depend on financial aid to help with problemss such as lack of employment or need of extra cash. One mistake students make is believing that financial aid grants them unlimited funds. The truth of the matter is that financial aid does…

September 22, 2015

Students fail to apply for financial aid

May 21, 2015

By Evanee Taylor The Financial Aid Department has no problem funding students who need extra help to get through the school year. However, many students miss out on this opportunity. Students are missing out on the free funds primarily due to not applying for FASFA on time or at all. According to the financial aid office, many students fail to apply for FASFA, missing out on an opportunity to receive…