January 24, 2005

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Cal Maritime Hosts Free Cash For College Workshop

Local high school seniors and parents encouraged to attend

VALLEJO, Calif., January 24, 2005 — The California Maritime Academy (Cal Maritime), a campus of The California State University, is hosting a free Cash for College workshop on its campus on Saturday, February 12, 2005.  The workshop is presented by the SUCCESS Consortium, which is a project of the California Student Opportunity and Access Program and is administered by the California Student Aid Commission.

Geared for local high school seniors and their parents, the Cash for College workshop provides students and their families the opportunity to receive free, professional help to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which must be completed by March 2, 2005.  The FAFSA must be completed to receive any kind of financial aid for college, such as grants, loans, work-study jobs, or scholarships. 

While the workshop is being held on the Cal Maritime campus, it is designed for high school seniors planning to request financial aid for any college campus.  The workshop is being co-sponsored by the Solano, Yolo, and Napa County Offices of Education; Migrant Education; Senator Mike Machado; Senator Wesley Chesbro; Assembly Member Noreen Evans; and Assembly Member Lois Wolk.

“In California, there is free money available for college called a ‘Cal-Grant’ that can help or, in some cases, completely pay a two- or four-year college, university, or vocational school,” said Ken Walsh, director of financial aid at Cal Maritime.  “Cal Maritime is pleased to be serving as host for the Vallejo Cash for College workshop to help local high school seniors apply for financial assistance that will help them achieve their educational goals.”

Walsh added that as a California resident, students are entitled to a Cal-Grant if they have an eligible GPA and income level.  To apply for Cal-Grants, the FAFSA and GPA verification form must be completed. 

The SUCCESS Cash for College Workshop will be conducted by financial aid professionals from California colleges and universities.  Attendees will receive line-by-line help to complete the forms either by hand or online, whichever method is preferred.  Tax professionals will also be present to help with the tax information necessary to complete the FAFSA.

The goal for the workshop is for attendees to leave with their FAFSA completed or near completion.  Therefore, there are some items students will need to bring with them to the workshop.  For more information on the workshop and what students should bring with them, contact the SUCCESS Consortium at 707-693-2004 or Success@solano.edu.

 

About Cal Maritime

Cal Maritime, a campus of The California State University, is one of only seven degree-granting maritime academies in the United States, and the only one on the West Coast. Tucked away in San Pablo Bay’s Morrow Cove in Vallejo, Calif., Cal Maritime offers students four-year degrees in business administration, facilities engineering technology, global studies and maritime affairs, marine engineering technology, marine transportation, and mechanical engineering. A program of intellectual learning, applied technology, leadership development, and global awareness prepares graduates for positions of significant responsibility in the areas of international business and logistics, maritime policy, engineering, technology, or in the maritime and transportation industries. For more information about Cal Maritime, visit www.csum.edu.

 

 

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