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Cash for College” workshop to help college hopefuls with financial aid

High school seniors who need help paying for college can get some pointers on filling out financial aid forms Saturday. KPBS reporter Beth Ford Roth has the story.

California has $800 million in its budget for Cal Grants. The grants are awarded to students with at least 2.0 GPAs, and the money doesn't need to be paid back.

Diana Fuentes-Michele is the executive director of the California Student Aid Commission. She says federal budget cuts make Cal Grants all the more necessary.

Fuentes-Michele: "The federal fund issues are going to restrict the availability of aid, they're also going to make the cost of borrowing higher, and so it's real important for students if they qualify for the Cal Grant that they apply, so they can receive the funds if they're entitled to them."

The deadline to apply for Cal Grants is March 2nd. Education officials will be on hand at the workshop to help students fill out Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or "FAFSA," which must be completed to apply for Cal Grants. Beth Ford Roth, KPBS news.

The "Cash for College" workshop starts at nine Saturday morning at the Scottish Rite Center in Mission Valley.

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