Financial aid delays hurt students

By Jesus Figueroa Financial aid is a resource many community college students use to help alleviate the financial needs that come with a higher education —school supplies, books and transportation — but it’s not an easy process to receive the funds. College students need the financial aid reimbursement money to help pay for books, meals or transportation, but with the process being slow and or troublesome, it becomes money which…

March 2, 2015

Undocumented students access to Cal Grant not popular

By Andrea Gonzalez Here at East Los Angeles College as well as other colleges, undocumented students struggle every semester to pay their tuition because they do not have access to financial aid. However, starting next year, undocumented students will be able to request the Cal Grant due to the California Dream Act. The California Dream Act gives undocumented students who meet certain requirements the opportunity to apply for this aid….

November 27, 2012

Students squander FAFSA funds

By Bonnie Regaldo For plenty of years students have been used the Free Application for Federal Student Aid  to help out with school expenses. Those who qualify, know that it’s a relief knowing their needs for school will be taken care of with the money they have qualified for.  The money received should most likely go to school expenses, assuming that is the reason they signed up for it in…

May 16, 2012

Financial Aid Office stops issuing Ability to Benefit examination

By Veronica Hurtado Starting July 2012 the school’s financial aid office will stop administering the Ability to Benefit test for students who do not have a high school diploma or GED. Students without a diploma or GED seeking financial aid had to the option of taking the ATB exam or waiting to complete at least six units toward a college degree or certificate to qualify for aid. Under the new July…

April 25, 2012

California Dream Act signed, becomes law

By Edgar Lopez The second half of the California Dream Act was signed by Governor Jerry Brown last Saturday, which allows undocumented students to receive state financial aid starting 2013. Assembly Bill 131, which was more difficult for the Senate to pass than the first bill, AB 130, allows students to apply for and receive financial aid, tuition fee waivers and Cal-Grants if they meet certain requirements. This would take…

October 12, 2011