Cash for College provides assistance to high school seniors
January 28, 2009 11:37 PM
High school seniors and parents at George Washington received much needed help Wednesday night filling out financial aid forms as seniors are preparing for college.
Cash for College, a division of the California Student Aid Commission, representatives from Sen. Leland Yee's San Francisco office and employee's of the school organized the event, which had more that 140 people in attendance.
That's up from near 40 last year, according to Yee's District Representative, Susan Chan. They even ran out of packaged handouts.
"They did an awesome job with recruiting and outreach," said Chan. "I think it's wonderful."
Chan said that Yee, an alumnus of SF State, put's a "great emphasis and focus on children, education and social services." She added that, "as a state Senator, his job is not only to uphold the state's laws and create new one's, but to communicate to the people and the resources of the state."
The night's meeting, which took a little more than an hour, focused on the types of financial aid available to students and the steps needed to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
After the presentation and questions from the audience, students and parents who wished received one-on-one help with the FAFSA form from the school's college center staff.
Connie Xie, a senior at George Washington, and a potential SF State student in the fall, expressed gratitude toward the night's organizers. "I learned more, because this is my second time," said Xie, referring to a similar presentation given to all seniors at the high school.
But while Xie's concerns about the process of financial aid have been answered, a new worry has cropped up for her. She's fearful of the ability to turn SF State's immense population into a manageable group she can make friends out of.
"I just hate this whole beginning process for college," she said.
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