Get Money for College! 

February 5, 2016 
Greetings to you all!
It is time to get money for college!    
It is already the first week of February which means there is less than a month left for the March 2 FAFSA/CA Dream Act deadline. Remember, for most private institutions, the CSS PROFILE is also required as part of your financial aid application. Also, deadlines for other financial aid documents (e.g. tax returns) typically fall in February. Please be sure to check with private institutions for specific deadlines as they vary.

Over the next month, admission decisions will be available. Before submitting an intent of enrollment at any college or university, it is important to wait until you have received an admission decision and a Financial Aid Award Letter from all the colleges and universities you applied to . Carlos and Michelle will be going more in depth about this information within the next few weeks. 

We will have a field-trip to visit UCI and Cal Poly Pomona, more details bellow. Do not forget to RSVP. 

Finally, continue applying to scholarships and check out the new scholarships that we have added this week. 

I AM Staff 
What's New?
  • Greetings, College, Get Money for College! 
  • Scholarships
  • UCI and Cal Poly Pomona Field Trip 
  • Cash for College Workshop during January 
  • Cal Grant Information 
  • CSU Placement Test 
  • Spotlight On:
    • How will my Financial Aid Award Letter look like?  
    • Mistakes to Avoid During Your Second Semester 
    • CSU's Placement Test: Practice Questions 
Quick Links
Scholarship Highlight
Association of Educational Office Employees *
Nordson Builds Scholarship 
Make it a habit to apply to scholarships throughout your college career!

Amount: 2,500
Deadline: March 5, 2016

Amount: $10,000 
Deadline: May 5th, 2016 

I AM-Field Trip to UCI and Cal Poly Pomona  
Are you considering UCI or Cal Poly Pomona as your school for Fall 2016?

Join us for a tour of both campuses!--transportation and lunch will be provided! 

When: 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday, March 22, 2016
Where: USC campus (drop-off and pick-up) 

Cash For College Workshops During January and February! 

Cash for College workshops offer FREE one-on-one FAFSA & CA Dream Act assistance to families! 


Submit your FAFSA or CA Dream Act on the day of the workshop, click here for the workshop's times and locations.  


What to bring: 

  • Bring your parent or legal guardian and their financial aid documents such as their 2014 Federal Income tax return, their W-2 Forms, or any records of earned income
  • Bring your Social Security Card, Driver's License, or Alien Registration Card (if applicable)
  • If you are an AB-540 student, AB 540 experts will work with you to determine your eligibility for programs under the CA Dream Act Application, and alternative opportunities for entering the college of your choice. 

Cal Grant Information 
After you complete your FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application you need to create an account with in order to check your Cal Grant Award. 
Once your account is created, you will be able to see your Cal Grant Award details and manage your award accordingly. 
In order to view your award you need too:
  • Complete the FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application
  • Your Counselor needs to verify your GPA 
  • Make sure your counselor has all the information needed in order to verify your GPA.
  • Check with your counselor to see whether or not you will need to fill out the Cal Grant paper form.

CSU Placement Test 
The CSU requires you to take the English Placement Test (EPT) and the Entry-Level Mathematics Test
(ELM) before you enroll. Your scores will determine which Math and English courses you should take to
begin your career at CSU. These tests are not an admission requirement. However, they are a
requirement for enrollment.

If you are not exempt from taking the EPT or the ELM, make sure to register for a test no longer than
May 1.
You may be exempt from taking the EPT and/or ELM;
click here to check the exception guidelines.

For test locations and dates and to register for the EPT and ELM, click here. 
How will my financial aid look like? 
Mistakes to avoid during your senior year! 
CSU Placement Tests: Practice Questions  
Once you have filed your FAFSA OR CA Dream act, each college will send you a financial aid award letter. 

Your Financial Aid Award letter will be a combination of grants, work-study and loans. 

It is very important that you do not commit to a university without taking a look at your financial aid award letter. 


Your senior year still counts; so stay focused! Colleges and Universities check your second semester of your senior year. Here are some DO NOT DOs during your senior year.  



Here are some practice questions to help you prepare for your EPT and ELM Test! 

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