Monday, February 02, 2009

Reyes Announces More Than $40 Million for College-Bound Students

Councilmember Ed P. Reyes and students of Franklin High School celebrate the announcement of Cash for College.

Councilmember Reyes, a UCLA alum, talks about the benefits of going to college.

Councilmember Ed P. Reyes today announced at Benjamin Franklin High School in Highland Park that more than $40 million in financial aid is available for Los Angeles students to attend college through Cash for College workshops.

Students and families who attend the workshops on Saturday, February 7, 2009, will receive free, one-on-one professional help completing financial aid applications. These include the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Cal Grant GPA Verification Forms needed to qualify for millions in state, federal and other financial assistance. An AB540 advisor will be at each workshop to help students maximize the financial aid available to them, regardless of age, income or immigration status.

Councilmember Reyes, who was joined by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, City Council President Eric Garcetti and students, announced the workshops during a press conference today.

Students are eligible for up to $4,000 in additional scholarships as part of a national research study by MDRC and by attending Cash for College Financial Aid workshop. More information on Cash for College workshops is available at