Cash for College Workshops

The North Coast Cal-SOAP Consortium sponsors a series of FREE workshops where financial aid experts will be available to assist students with completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), CA Dream Act for Eligible AB 540 students, and Chafee Grant for foster youth applications.

All workshops are open to ALL students, not just the students at the hosting school.

Downloads: Full Workshop Schedule | 3 Steps to FAFSA Completion

Videos: FAFSA Overview | Financial Aid Process Overview

2018-2019 Cash for College Workshops

Monday, October 1 at Del Norte High
Library | 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 3 at Fortuna High
Computer Lab | 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 4 at South Fork High
Library | 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, October 9 at McKinleyville High
Library | 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 16 at Ferndale High
Library | 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 17 at Hoopa Valley High
Computer Lab | 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 18 at Eureka High
Navi Lab M105 | 1:00-4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 24 at Arcata High
Computer Lab | 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, October 30 at Zoe Barnum High
Computer Lab | 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Friday, November 9 at Academy of the Redwoods
Student Success Center | 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Tuesday, December 4 at Eureka High
Navi Lab M105 | 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Thursday, January 10 at McKinleyville High
Library | 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, January 16 at Fortuna High
Computer Lab | 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, January 30 at Arcata High
Computer Lab | 1:30-4:30 p.m.

What to bring:

  • Social Security card or number
  • Your FSA ID information
  • 2017 income & tax information for you & your parent
  • Alien registration number, if you are not a U.S. citizen
  • Driver's license, if you have one
  • List of colleges you are interested in attending
  • Any records of untaxed income such as child support payments, payments to/from retirement accounts, combat pay, short-term disability, or workers compensation

Don't leave financial aid money on the table! Here are the top 5 things you MUST DO to maximize your financial aid:

  1. Submit Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov between Oct.1 - March 2.
  2. AB 540 students complete the free, secure online CA Dream Act Application at www.caldreamact.org between Oct. 1- March 2.
  3. Confirm that your high school submits your verified GPA for the Cal Grant program by March 2.
  4. Apply for national & local scholarships. Check out free searches online and see your school counselor for help.
  5. Talk to your family about paying for college. Tell them they can assist you just by helping you
    complete the FAFSA or CA Dream Act application.

Base funding for Cal-SOAP comes from the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) and is matched with contributions from local consortium partners.