At the Napa Valley College event on February 25th we will have the VITA-Low Income Tax Assistance Program providing FREE filling of both State & Federal 2011 tax forms. Students and parents are encouraged to attend these FREE Cash for College workshops to receive information about the Cal Grant, scholarships and other types of financial aid available to students. Receive one-on-one assistance completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students/Parents (if student is considered a dependent student) should come prepared with the following: an email address, the previous year’s W-2’s and Federal Income Tax Information or Forms, a driver’s license or State ID, spouse’s or parents’ Social Security numbers and dates of birth, and Permanent Resident Card number (if not a U.S. Citizen). Napa Valley College Workshop (English flyer)- February 25. Napa Valley College Workshop (SPANISH)- February 25 .
The information below is from: The Napa Valley College, Financial Aid Department and their Cash for College webpage. See their PowerPoint presentation. All students welcome at the workshop on February 25th regardless of whether you are a Napa Valley College student. We will help you apply for financial aid.
What is California Cash for College?
California Cash for College is a program of the California Student Aid Commission and regional partners across California. Our mission is to provide free, in-person help to low-income and first generation college-going students and families completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Cal Grant GPA Verification Form.
Who should attend a Cash for College workshop?
Cash for College workshops are for all students who plan to go to college or career/technical schools in the fall of 2012 or during the 2012-2013 academic year. Our workshops focus on those high school seniors who are low income. However, any student who needs help applying for that financial aid is encouraged to go to workshops held across the state. And, when parents or guardians come to a workshop, with all of the paperwork needed, you chances of finishing on the spot are much higher.
How can a Cash for College workshop help me?
Cash for College workshops will offer you free, professional help to fill out the financial aid forms that are often daunting for first-time filers. Plus, you could win an extra $1,000 scholarship just for attending a workshop and completing the FASFA and the Cal Grant GPA Verification form by March 2.
What should I bring to a Cash for College workshop?
If you are 23 years old, or younger, you should bring your parent(s) or guardian(s)! — and their income and asset information listed below. If your parents can’t go with you to a workshop, you should go anyway and bring your parent’s information. If you are a foster youth, or 24 years of age or older you can just bring your own income and asset information.
Federal Income Tax return for 2011 (and your spouse’s if you are married), if already prepared. If not already prepared, bring 2010 returns for estimating income.
Records of other untaxed income received such as disability benefits, workman’s compensation, child support, veteran’s benefits, or military or clergy allowances
W-2 forms or other records (such as check stubs) of the income you earned in 2011
2011 bank statements , if you have a bank account
Records of stock, bonds, or other investments for 2011
If you are not a U.S. citizen, your permanent registration card or other immigration documentation
A list of colleges and universities that you may be interested in attending during the 2012-13 academic year
If you do not have or cannot find any of these items, please go to a workshop anyway so that a counselor can help you get started with the financial aid application process.
(Complete FAQ available at http://www.calgrants.org/index.cfm?navId=16&)