East Los Angeles College Hosts Financial Aid Town Hall
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May 1, 2019
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EAST LOS ANGELES COLLEGE HOSTS FINANCIAL AID TOWN HALL WITH LAUSD AND CALIFORNIA COMMUNITY COLLEGES CHANCELLOR ELOY ORTIZ OAKLEY
ELAC held a financial aid town hall April 29 in partnership with LAUSD and the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office at James A. Garfield High School. High school seniors and their parents were able to get information about applying for the FAFSA and also had an opportunity to ask financial aid questions.
The list of speakers included Eloy Ortiz Oakley, California Community Colleges Chancellor; Dr. Francisco Rodriguez, LACCD Chancellor; Marvin Martinez, ELAC President; Mónica García, LAUSD Board President; and Frances Baez, Elementary Director for LAUSD Local District East.
They all stressed the importance of applying for financial aid and how ELAC and LACCD are helping students financially to attend college.
“We want you to not only go to college but to succeed in college. All of our nine LACCD schools guarantee your admission and give you free tuition for your first two years,” said Chancellor Rodriguez.
“It is important for us to take away any barriers that prevent students from achieving their goals and making the financial aid process simpler; this is one of the many ways we help our students,” said President Martinez.
California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley gave insight into how he is working to reform financial aid in the state capital with SB 291. This senate bill would eliminate age and GPA requirements for Cal Grant recipients.
“With the California college promise you do not have to worry about tuition as a student, but there are many other costs that are associated with attending college. We are hoping to reform the Cal Grant system into one where students receive financial aid for the total cost of college, not just tuition,” said Chancellor Oakley.
Parents and students were able to ask detailed financial aid questions to Alouette Cervantes-Salazar from ELAC’s Financial Wellness Center and Julio Alvarado from ELAC’s Financial Aid department. The information that was shared will help students and their parents navigate the sometimes difficult financial aid process.