Office Hours

Office Hours

GIA is excited to announce the launch of open office hours dedicated to answering questions about completing the Better FAFSA/CADAA.

These office hours are open to partners and students and are made possible through the support of GIA and its Action Network Teams.

Whether you need assistance with specific sections, have questions about eligibility requirements, or want to gain a deeper understanding of the application process, our team is here to help.

All sessions are open from 3:30-7:30 PM PST. Participants may join at any time.

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How to Create a Cash for College Workshop

How to Create a Cash for College Workshop

Ready to host your own Cash for College workshop? Click here to start your application by visiting CSAC.

For more information, please watch this quick tutorial on how to create a Cash for College Workshop under the Workshop Management System.

Under Agency Information, put your organization/school’s name. Do not use personal names. There can only be one point of contact per agency. If you need to add more, please email [email protected].

Please wait until your organization’s request is approved. This process may take up to two business days.

After your request has been approved, the individual under Primary Contact Information will be emailed a token of activation. Please click on it and you can now create a Cash For College Workshop(s).

Submit your Cash For College event and wait for the approval. If you require a speaker or volunteer support, you must create an event at least two weeks prior to the event date. GIA cannot guarantee the availability of speakers or volunteers if the event request is submitted less than two weeks before the event. If you need additional support, include your request under ‘workshop description.’ For example, the workshop description may read: “I am requesting a bilingual Spanish and English presenter. In addition, I am requesting two additional volunteers that may know Spanish or ASL.”

If any of your workshop students require additional time to complete the surveys, the survey link for your workshop will remain available until the March 2nd deadline. You can share the survey link using the following format: https://cash4college.csac.ca.gov/Home/showWorkshopDetail?id=XXXXX. Replace the X’s with your workshop ID. For example, if your Workshop ID is 12345, your survey link would be: https://cash4college.csac.ca.gov/Home/showWorkshopDetail?id=12345.

For more information on how to create a QR code for a student survey, please watch the tutorial below.

To ensure a smooth wrap-up of your workshop, we kindly request workshop hosts to submit the attendance records of all students/parents within one week of hosting the workshop. Please send an Excel copy of the attendance sheets via email to [email protected] and [email protected]. This will enable CSAC and GIA to track the completion of your workshop and ensure that all students in attendance are accounted for in the surveys received. Please include the student’s full name, grade level, and email address (personal and school email) in the attendance records.

Things to keep in mind:

Please remind your students that completing the survey is necessary to be entered into the scholarship drawing from GIA. We have multiple scholarships specifically for Cash For College students in the Inland Empire.

To qualify, students must:

  • Attend a registered Cash For College workshop.
  • Submit the CSAC Student Survey before April 2, 2024.
  • Finish their Financial Aid (FAFSA/CADAA) before April 2, 2024.

GIA Support

As your Regional Coordinating Organization (RCO), GIA is here to offer you support. In order for us to provide direct support, please make sure to reach out to Julissa Loza Mendez directly at [email protected].

As a reminder, GIA can assist with the following, depending on availability and advance notice:

  • Recruiting additional financial aid volunteers
  • Presenting about financial aid in an overview presentation (English and/or Spanish)
  • Provide 1:1 FAFSA/CADAA application assistant.

Please note that GIA cannot provide the online hosting platforms for FAFSA/ CADAA events, refreshments, or monetary support.

Financial Aid Checklist

Financial Aid Checklist

Step 1: Figure out which application is right for you

You only need to apply with ONE depending on certain qualifications: The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California Dream Act Application (CADAA).

Apply with CADAA if you:

  • Are Undocumented (with or without DACA)
  • Have a U-Visa
  • Have Temporary Protected Status

Apply with FAFSA if you:

  • Are a U.S. Citizen
  • Are a Permanent Resident (Green Card)
  • Are an eligible non-citizen
Step 2: Gather the required information & documents

If you’re a student:

  • Student FSA ID/Login Info (for FAFSA only)
  • Social Security Number (if applicable)
  • Alien Registration Number (if applicable)
  • 2022 Federal Income Tax Return (if applicable)
  • List of schools you’re interested in attending

If you’re the parent/contributor:

  • Contributor FSA/ID Login Info (for FAFSA only)
  • 2022 Federal Income Tax Return
  • Amount in checking & savings accounts
  • Untaxed income such as child support received
  • Assets like businesses, investments, real estate, etc. (Not including retirement or primary residence).
Step 3: Create your FSA-ID

Whether you’re a student, parent, or borrower, you’ll need to create your own account (FSA-ID) to apply for, receive, and manage your federal student aid.

  • You must have an account to do the following:
  • Fill out the FAFSA or CADAA form online (See #1 above to choose your form)
  • Complete other online forms (such as the Master Promissory Note) if required
  • Review the federal student aid you’ve received
Step 4: Apply for financial aid… Don’t delay!

The FAFSA application is now OPEN for 2024-2025. The submission deadline is April 2, 2024.

Questions? Visit Cash4College.csac.ca.gov to get free help from financial aid experts!
Deadline for California Community College students is Sept 3, 2024.