"Let's Talk Financial Aid" in April

photoThe Financial Aid Office is offering FAct Chat Sessions in April as a follow-up to Financial Aid Awareness.  The FAct Chat Sessions are designed to provide students with key information of "what's next", after they have filed their financial aid application.  Students will also have an opportunity to ask one of our Financial Aid Professionals questions.

Each FAct Chat Session has a running time of 30 minutes.  Students do not have to attend each session (below), but are encouraged to understand the financial aid process and budgeting of their finances.  Light refreshments and food will be served.  We will also have door prizes, everyone's a winner!

For your convenience we offer each of the 30-minute sessions on each day listed below.  Join us for any one day or attend a different session each day!  Don't miss out on this opportunity to receive important information to help you with your college costs!

When and Where?

Tuesday, April 15th               10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.               Summit Room, 3rd floor, University Union
Wednesday, April 16th          10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.                Forest Suite, 2nd floor, University Union

Agenda and Times?

Session 1: Where's My Financial Aid?                       10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Have you ever waited in line just to find out the answer to your burning question was right there on your Student Center? You are not alone. Drop into this session to learn how the Financial Aid Office communicates to you about your awards, disbursement and where you can find your account activity. Stop waiting in line or on the phone. The power is in your hands and it’s all on your Student Center!

Session 2: Don't Lose your Aid!                                 11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Bad grades getting you down? or Maybe your semester grades aren't what you expected? These situations may prevent you from receiving aid in the future But.....Never fear, we are here! Come to this session and let us show you how to keep your money!

Session 3: Your Awards and Enrollment                    12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Ever wonder why your aid starts at a certain amount and then it goes down or sometimes we ask for the money back? There's much to understand about the difference in the aid you accept and the units you enroll in.  Drop into this session help you plan for the unexpected.

Session 4: Dare to DREAM (Applying for Dream Act)   1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Are you an AB540 student looking for ways to help pay your tuition? Beginning January 2013, the state of California started giving aid to AB540 students who meet certain criteria. If you attended a CA high school for at least three years, there may be free money out there for you. Don’t believe it? Well, dare to DREAM! Come to this session and find out the steps you should take to maximize your chances.

Session 5: Your Money Matters!                                    2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Now that you have figured out how to get financial aid, let us give you the tools and information you’ll need to manage your money between disbursements!  We’ll also help you learn how to avoid excessive debt, so that your college degree doesn’t come with a financial burden.