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Paying For College Presented by: Rose Carmona – Arbulú – SF State Jocelyn Vila – Skyline College Yolanda Santiago Venegas – UC Santa Cruz.

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1 Paying For College Presented by: Rose Carmona – Arbulú – SF State Jocelyn Vila – Skyline College Yolanda Santiago Venegas – UC Santa Cruz

2 How Undocumented Students Are Paying For College O State Grants & Fee Waivers –CA Dream App O Scholarships O Work O Private loans (from friends, family) O Private loans (from banks with legal resident co-signer) O Private sponsorships (from mentors, teachers, community allies) O Installment plans O Matched saving-earned IDA programs O Cultural grassroots fundraising

3 California Community College

4 CAL Grant B & C BOG = Free Classes EOPS Scholarships  Cal Grant B (2.0 GPA) = $1,472  High School Seniors = Entitlement  CC Transfer Student (2.4 GPA) = Entitlement  Cal C (Technical/Vocational) = $547 = Competitive  California Dream Act Application by March 2 nd  Non SSN GPA Verification Form by March 2 nd  Meet Income and Assets Ceiling Limits  WebGRANTS for Students Account Cal Grant Income and Assets Ceiling: Board of Governors Fee Waiver Income Standards:  California Resident  Students can apply via:  Online via student portal  Paper application  Submit CA Dream Act Application  Academic Counseling and Support  Textbook Voucher ($ per semester)  Calculator Loan Program  On Campus  Off Campus

5 California State Universities “CSU”

6 State University Grant Cal Grant A & B EOP Scholarships  California Residents including AB540  Must file a CA Dream Act by March 2 nd  EFC ≤ $5200  Cal Grant A (3.0 GPA) = $5,472  Cal Grant B (2.0 GPA) = $1472  Dream Act Application by March 2 nd  Submit Non SSN GPA by March 2 nd  Must Apply for EOP during admission  EFC ≤ 5200  File CA Dream App by March 2nd  $800 EOP Grant  On Campus  Off Campus  Search SF State database with over 800 scholarships

7 University of California “UC”

8 UC Grant Cal Grant A & B EOP Scholarships  California Residents including AB540  Must file a CA Dream Act by March 2nd  EFC ≤ $9750  Cal Grant A (3.0 GPA) = $5,472  Cal Grant B (2.0 GPA) = $1472  Dream Act Application by March 2nd  Submit Non SSN GPA by March 2nd  Must Apply for EOP during admission  EFC ≤ 9750  File CA Dream App by March 2nd  EOP book loan program, internships  On Campus  Off Campus  Search E4FC database for scholarships

9 CA Dream Act of 2011 Overview Allows certain categories of non- resident students to pay in-state fees AB 540 – 2001 Scholarships administered by public institutions available AB 130–Jan 2012 State funded grants including Cal Grants and institutional grants AB 131–Jan

10 AB 540 Students Requirements O Must have attended a CA High School at least 3 Years O Graduated from a CA High School, Pass GED or CA HS Proficiency Exam O Register or be currently enrolled in accredited public institution in CA O File a non-resident tuition exemption affidavit O If without lawful immigration status, indicate that he/she will apply for legal residency as soon as possible O Receive confirmation from school that they have been classified/approved as an AB 540 student

11 Dream Act Aid is Not Deferred Action (DACA) CA Dream Act aid is completely separate from Federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) DACA does not confer a new citizenship status for students, only an Employment Authorization Card & stay of deportation. DACA does NOT make student eligible for FAFSA. 11

12 CA Dream Act Application O Priority filing deadline for all 4 year Universities O Don’t miss the deadline! O Missing deadline has major financial implications

13 Don’t Wait ~ Estimate Meet the March 2 nd Deadline! Do an estimate of your income and select: □ Will File Taxes □ Already Filed Taxes □ Not Required to File Taxes After taxes are filed, go back to your CA Dream Act Application at and update from □ Will File Taxes □ Already Filed Taxes Input actual numbers from the tax forms

14 Applying for Cal Grant Must submit by March 2, 2014  Submit California Dream Application  Non-SSN Cal Grant GPA Verification Form

15 Information Available Online

16 16 New, transfer and returning undergraduate students to the University of California (UC) or California State University (CSU) with a family income of up to $150,000 who also meet the following requirements may be eligible: O California resident or have AB 540 status O Not in default on a student loan O Maintain satisfactory academic progress O Meet income and other financial aid standards O Submit by March 2 nd a: O FAFSA or California Dream Act Application O GPA Verification Form For more information visit: Middle Class Scholarship (MCS)

17 Scholarships Ways to Help Your Students Apply!

18 Hope & Encouragement O College IS possible O Make college or transferring a reality O Pay it forward method O Organize campus tours with campus groups O Create a network of potential mentors O Create a safe place for students O Educate your campus community

19 Develop Leadership O Many organizations are seeking student leaders O Encourage campus involvement & community service O Create new leadership opportunities O Establish a network of community service agencies O Think broadly about community service O Begin a log or resume

20 Plan Ahead O Scholarships available for High School students O Deadlines Vary O Primarily January-May O Begin research September-December O Educate yourself on campus scholarship opportunities

21 Search! O Lists of scholarships – E4FC, SF State, Maldef O Learn how to use scholarship databases O Refine searches O Keep organized- Search Chart

22 Applying O Requires A LOT of time and energy O Encourage an organized system O Apply for as many scholarships as possible

23 Personal Statement O Help students create a master scholarship essay and teach them how to adapt it to different scholarship applications O Example: who are you; what do you want to study and why; and what will you do with your college education--think past, present, future O If writing is not your strong suit, recruit writing teachers at your school to help O Include a master scholarship essay or statement of purpose essay in the existing English curriculum/classes at your school. O Teach adapting your essay to match the scholarship as a skill, a key strategy students need to learn O Encourage students to get their essay reviewed by at least two people and to revise it MANY (at least 10) times. O Develop Scholarship Essay workshops that you can do or know that you can bring from scholarship agency. O E4FC has writing experts who can come do workshops on writing a strong scholarship essay O Large scholarship organizations may have outreach people who can do a workshop on writing a strong essay and submitting a strong application at your school. Contact them directly.

24 Scholarship Portfolio O Teach students to develop a scholarship portfolio with letters of recommendation resume, or curriculum vitae O Bring in resume and curriculum vitae experts such as College and Career Counselors from your school or other school to do workshops O If you are a high school teacher and have Naviance available at your school, you should use it actively and teach your students to use it.

25 Build Community O Plug all of the above into academic and student services work that is already happening at your school O Develop a Scholarship Advising Strategy for advising Undocumented Students O Team up with Colleagues O Share documents you create with allies, edublog or WordPress

26 Stay Updated O Know relevant Policies and Legislation O Policies and Legislation constantly changing O Show leadership by educating yourself and others at your school O Stay informed about available Resources O Ask for help! E4FC team can come to your school

27 Thank You for the Work YOU are doing! O Rose Carmona-Arbulú – O Jocelyn Vila – O Yolanda Santiago-Venegas –


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