Workshop aids students applying for FAFSA

By Alex Handy

East Los Angeles College hosted a cash for college workshops last Saturday.

The two workshops presented were Free Application for Federal Student Aid and the Dream Act, both presented in  English and Spanish.

About 70 to 80 students were looking to apply for FAFSA or the Dream Act.

To apply for FAFSA, students must meet several requirements.

These include being a citizen of the United States, have a valid social security number and have a high school diploma.

In addition students must be enrolled in an eligible program seeking a degree or certificate, not have a conviction and maintain a satisfactory academic progress.

Applications must be completed by March 2.

“I recommend that all ELAC students who are having trouble paying for school take this opportunity and apply,” said Daniella Granados, an employee of the financial aid office.

The Dream Act will create a conditional permanent resident status valid for up to eight years for young undocumented students that would protect them from deportation, allow them to work legally in the U.S. and permit them to travel outside the country.

The Dream Act presentation had minor differences.

A different website and had different instructors were used.

“I’m transferring this upcoming fall and I need all the help I can get and FAFSA is a program that will help me pay for my school,” said Francisco Ortiz, a student at ELAC.

“I’m grateful for these instructors who helped me apply for FAFSA because that’s something my high school didn’t help with.”

Students who couldn’t make it or just didn’t know about the workshop can always go to the financial aid office.

The office has a computer lab where students can get all the help they need to apply for FAFSA or The Dream act.

The Financial aid office is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., on Fridays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and on Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information students can contact the financial aid office during these hours at (323)-265-8738, or email finaid@elac.edu.

Students can also directly apply for FAFSA at fafsa.ed.gov and for the Dream Act at http://www.csac.ca.gov.

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