Community Notebook: Free financial-aid workshop at Foothill College

Students, families can get line-by-line help on FAFSA applications

Foothill College is hosting a free "Cash for College" workshop Saturday, Feb. 7, to walk current and future college students and their parents through the financial-aid application process.

Financial-aid professionals will be at the annual event to provide line-by-line help on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The event is ideal for high school and college students who currently attend or plan to attend a California community college, California State University or University of California campus, private university or vocational/technical school.

There will also be free professional assistance provided to students and families completing grade-point average verification forms that are required for Cal Grants and other types of financial aid.

"Determining how you and your family will pay for college can be stressful," Foothill College Financial Aid Outreach Coordinator Sarah Corrao said in a press release. "Foothill's friendly financial aid experts are committed to helping you and your family confidentially prepare your financial aid materials so that your application is considered for the most aid available. We understand that application forms can be daunting, so we will walk you through the entire FAFSA form line by line, answer all of your financial aid-related questions, and give you strategies for maximizing your application."

Students who file individual or joint tax returns should bring their personal income and asset information. Students who are claimed as dependents on a parent's income tax should bring the parent's income and asset information, including 2014 federal income tax returns if already prepared; records of other untaxed income such as welfare benefits, Social Security benefits, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), veteran's benefits, or military or clergy allowances; and W-2 forms or other records such as check stubs of income earned in 2014. Parents of dependent students are encouraged to attend the workshop with their student.

The workshop will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Building I at Foothill's Middlefield Campus, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Admission and parking are free. For more information, call 650-949-7710, email or go to

Elena Kadvany

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