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Important News

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 The California Student Aid Commission is now available in a  Mobile App! You can download the app at the California  Mobile Gallery, where you will find downloadable apps for 60  popular state agencies and state services. Currently, the Student Aid Commission Mobile App will guide you to your nearest Cash for College Workshop and to our social media assets. Click on "Set My Location" to activate the GPS locator feature. Be sure to give us a "5-star" rating in the comments section! ...CLICK HERE TO GET STARTED!

  California Colleges.EDU California Colleges.Edu is the one-stop website for  information about higher education in California for students,  counselors, and parents. It has been developed in  collaboration with the California State University (CSU),  University of California (UC),   California Community Colleges (CCC), Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU), and the California Department of Education. More...

  CSAC Halts Cal Grant Awards to 10 Heald Colleges Heald College

  Acting to protect students and state taxpayer funds, the   California Student Aid Commission today suspended Cal   Grants payments to 10 Heald College campuses including:   Roseville, Stockton, Modesto, Concord, Fresno, Rancho   Cordova, Hayward, Milpitas, San Francisco and Salinas.   Approximately $1 million in payments have been suspended representing approximately 4,497 Cal   Grant Awarded students....Click here for official press release



Top Ten Things you Need to Know

1. The Middle Class Scholarship (MCS):
The Middle Class Scholarship (MCS) is a new program beginning in the 2014-15 academic year that provides undergraduate students with family incomes up to $150,000 a scholarship to attend University of California (UC) or California State University (CSU) campuses.

2. Students must meet the following
Be a California resident attending a UC or CSU; be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or have AB 540* student status; meet certain income and other financial aid standards; maintain satisfactory academic progress; not be in default on a student loan; and, must not be incarcerated.

3. Apply:
Complete a 2014-15 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at or the California Dream Act Application at Use the California Dream Act Application if you do not have a Social Security number (SSN) or if you have a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) number. Make sure your email address is listed on your FAFSA or California Dream Act Application.

4. If your family earns up to $100,000 per year:
You may be eligible for a scholarship of up to 40 percent of the mandatory systemwide tuition and fees: The maximum award amount is a lesser percentage of mandatory systemwide tuition and fees for each academic year beginning in 2014-15 at 14%, 2015-16 (20%), and 2016-17 (30%)

5. Students whose families earn between
$100,001 and $150,000 per year:
May be eligible for a reduced scholarship of no less than 10 percent of the mandatory systemwide tuition and fees.

6. MCS scholarships are not set amounts and
may vary by student and institution:
The award is determined after you are awarded any federal Pell Grant, Cal Grant and institutional need-based grants for which you are eligible. The final award amount will be based on the number of students eligible for the MCS statewide and the funding allocated by the State Budget.

7. The MCS is being phased in over four years:
Each academic year, the maximum amount of the scholarship will increase until 2017-18, when the maximum scholarship award will be up to 40 percent of the mandatory systemwide fees and tuition.

8. To get assistance completing the FAFSA
or California Dream Act Application:
Attend a Cash for College workshop January 1 thru March 2. Students must reapply each year. Visit for locations.

9. If you are selected to receive a MCS:
If you are selected to receive a MCS, you will be notified by the Commission.

10. Need more information about this       scholarship?:
Contact your UC or CSU campus Financial Aid Office or check the California Student Aid Commission's website for updates.

Posted: 12-12-13

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Steps To College 2015

Consulate General of Mexico Hosts Steps to College 2015

Steps to College 2015 takes place on Saturday, February 7, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Consulate General of Mexico in Sacramento, located at 2093 Arena Boulevard, in the Natomas neighborhood of Sacramento. This event is FREE. Steps to College 2015 will highlight the importance of higher education for Latino high school students. This event is presented in both Spanish and English and parents are encouraged to attend. Students will have the opportunity to apply on-site for the California Dream Act financial aid, Cal Grants, and institutional aid and, if students are eligible, federal grants. The college financial aid application period in California begins on January 1, 2015 and is open until March 2, 2015...Read more!
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The Sacramento Bee featured an article and an editorial about Steps to College 2014, the northern California conference that helps DREAMERS in education path to higher education. Thousands of families visited the Mexican Consulate in Sacramento on Saturday, February 1, 2014 to complete applications for College Financial Aid.

See Links to full article, photographs and Editorial

To download... click links below!

Steps to College 2013 video - to view click below!
Steps to College 2013

Dream Act video - to view click below!
California Dream Act Application PSA

Authored by Assembly Member Gil Cedillo (Los Angeles), became law through the passage of two Assembly Bills, AB 130 and AB 131.

AB 130 allows students who meet AB 540 criteria (California Education Code 68130.5(a)) to apply for and receive non-state funded scholarships for public colleges and universities.

AB 131 allows students who meet AB 540 criteria to apply for and receive state-funded financial aid such as institutional grants, community college fee waivers, Cal Grant and Chafee Grant.

California Dream Act Video Interviews on UNIVISION California Dream Act Training Webinar

Watch the newest California Dream Act Training Video presentations here: Dream Act Training Webinar!

2014-15 Dream Act Application Documents
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Get Schooled, Univision and Comcast Team Up

Get Schooled, a national education non-profit, has teamed up with Univision, Comcast, and the California Student Aid Commission to give students a website to find all the tools and resources they need to get ready for college. Students can get the scoop on researching colleges, the application process, figuring out financial aid, and everything in between by playing games, taking quizzes, watching videos, answering surveys, and completing quests.

New in 2015, Get Schooled, Univision and CSAC are also bringing students and parents a FAFSA Text Hotline in both English and Spanish! Students and parents can text FAFSA to 335577 for English or DINERO to 335577 for Spanish where our friends at Univision are standing by to talk all things FAFSA and financial aid. You can find additional details on our newly launched Get Schooled ĄDi Que Si! (Say Yes!) portal page that features content to address the needs of Latino students in both English and Spanish.

2015 California College Challenge

Comcast and the California Student Aid Commission, in partnership with Get Schooled, a national education nonprofit, is launching the California College Challenge, a seven-week program designed to increase college readiness skills and FAFSA and Cal Grant application completion. Last year, 66% of schools that participated in the California College Challenge posted increased FAFSA completion rates.

This Challenge will take place from January 20 through March 6, 2015. Schools will engage their entire student body (from freshmen to seniors), participating in fun and engaging online educational activities, while also motivating their seniors to submit their FAFSAs and Cal Grant applications. The school with the most points at the end of the Challenge will win a $1,500 grant and a celebrity principal for the day! In addition, every school that achieves a 75% FAFSA and Cal Grant completion rate and gets at least 30% of their students active on Get Schooled will earn a $500 cash grant. Students will also have the opportunity to earn individual prizes for themselves when they participate, including apparel, gift cards, Kindles, book sets, and more.

There is no cost for a school to participate in the College Challenge. However, the Challenge is limited to 60 California high schools. Additional criteria being considered include schools' free/reduced lunch percentages and prior FAFSA completion rates.

To sign-up for the Challenge, please contact me at or 212-846-6485 for an application.

Don't delay - the deadline to apply is Tuesday, December 23rd!

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