by KATRINA LIN
College workshops will aid students in submitting financial aid and applications.
A Cash for College workshop will be held at Rio Hondo College Jan. 28. It offers help with completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application (CADAA).
Advancement Via Individual Determination (A.V.I.D.) helps students submit Common Applications, FAFSA and the College Scholarship Service Profile (CSS Profile), and they will help students revise applications before they are submitted.
The Common Application is used by students to apply to private colleges around the United States, while the FAFSA is an application for financial aid that allows students to be considered for both federal and state-funded programs.
“The FAFSA helps you pay for college, and it also gives scholarships based on an individual’s financial situation,” said Jacob Pacheco, senior.
Distributed by the College Board, the CSS Profile allows students to apply for financial aid. The A.V.I.D. program permits students who applied to private colleges to work on the CSS Profile in classrooms.
College Counselor Edelmira Sandate assists students who work to complete applications on computers in the college office. She recommends that students should start college planning beginning at the end of eighth grade.
“Students need to know what A-G courses they should take and pay attention to their schedule to make sure they will graduate,” said Sandate.
Sandate has been working with students on their Common Applications during nutrition and lunch.