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Virtual Financial Aid Workshops for Couselors

in partnership with CSAC and uAspire

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This year North Coast Cal-SOAP is proud to bring you two great series of virtual counselors’ workshops!

The Califonia Student Aid Commission‘s Annual Statewide Financial Aid Workshops will be a series of webinars in the fall. In addition, North Coast Cal-SOAP has partnered with uAspire to bring you a series of five virtual trainings that will take place over the course of the school year.

CSAC Annual Statewide Financial Aid Workshops

The California Student Aid Commision’s Annual Statewide Financial Aid Workshops involve a three-hour Primary Session that covers updates to the 2021-22 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and California Dream Act Application (CADAA), and an overview of the Cal Grant programs and other programs for foster youth, as well as an optional 1.5-hour Secondary Session that goes more in-depth on WebGrants and the CA Dream Act Application.

Each session will be repeated a total of 10 times between September and November, with the same content presented each time, so you can pick the one(s) that work best for your schedule.

uAspire Virtual Trainings

North Coast Cal-SOAP plans to bring you up to five different webinars throughout the year. The first two trainings will be on FAFSA completion and will be held in early October. The third will be on SAR verification. The fourth training will cover financial aid offer review, and the final training will focus on Summer Transition and College Success.

Our uAspire package will also give local counselors access to uAspire’s Partner Portal, a virtual help desk that can answer counselors’ questions about financial aid. Look for details on all these great resources soon!

CSAC College Affordability Summit

CSAC California College Affordability Summit

Tuesday, November 17

The California Student Aid Commission, Riverside and Sacramento County Offices of Education, and uAspire we are extremely excited to invite you to the second annual California College Affordability Summit: A Pathway to Financial Aid. The event will be a one-day virtual experience free of cost for participants across the state.

Our Partners | In Their Words

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uAspire is a nonprofit organization ensuring that all young people have the financial information and resources necessary to find an affordable path to and through college. Our singular focus is on college affordability and removing financial barriers so that every student has an equitable opportunity to graduate from college and succeed in life.

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The California Student Aid Commission is the principal state agency responsible for administering financial aid programs for students attending public and private universities, colleges, and vocational schools in California. The Commission’s central mission is to make education beyond high school financially accessible to all Californians.

Additional Resources

CSAC YouTube Channel

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The California Student Aid Commission has a YouTube channel filled with financial aid resources.

FAFSA Demo Site

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There is a demo site available for counselors to use to show students and parents how to use the FAFSA website.

FAFSA Walkthrough

Screenshot from FAFSA Walkthrough Video

A step-by-step walkthrough of the 2020-21 FAFSA for dependent students, including visual aids and indications of where to find information on tax forms.

Cal-SOAP Staff

Cindy Porter | Program Manager, Higher Ed Pathways/Cal-SOAP
441-3973 |

Erika Lanning | Cal-SOAP Tutor Services Technician
441-2006 |

Rachel Perry | Events Technician
707-445-7762 |