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More Help for Students Seeking Financial Aid

The California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) applauds Governor Jerry Brown for signing legislation that will ensure that high school students throughout California receive critical information about how to obtain financial aid to afford a college education.

The California Student Aid Commission co-sponsored Assembly Member Eloise Gomez Reyes’ bill (AB 2015) that requires California schools provide information to students about how to complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), or the California Dream Act Application (CADAA) prior to their senior year in high school.

“Applying for financial aid is such an important step in helping students realize their dreams of a higher education,” said Dr. Lande Ajose, Chair of the California Student Aid Commission. “By getting information about financial aid to students early – before they begin applying to college – this bill will reach many students who might not otherwise apply, because they may not think they can afford it.”

Lupita Cortez Alcalá, Executive Director of the Commission, noted that, according to the National College Access Network, 90% of high school seniors who completed financial aid applications attended college after graduation, compared to just 55% of high school seniors who did not. “This is a huge step in the right direction,” Ms. Alcalá said.