Moorpark College works with the California Student Aid Commission on Cash for College

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Moorpark College works with the California Student Aid Commission on Cash for College

Nataly Govea signs into the financial aid office in Fountain Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 8. Govea planned to settle financial responsibilities from last year. Photo credit: Evan Reinhardt

Nataly Govea signs into the financial aid office in Fountain Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 8. Govea planned to settle financial responsibilities from last year. Photo credit: Evan Reinhardt

Nataly Govea signs into the financial aid office in Fountain Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 8. Govea planned to settle financial responsibilities from last year. Photo credit: Evan Reinhardt

Nataly Govea signs into the financial aid office in Fountain Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 8. Govea planned to settle financial responsibilities from last year. Photo credit: Evan Reinhardt

By Alexandria Alejo

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On Oct. 12, Moorpark College is scheduled to participate in a district-wide event, Cash For College, that offers financial aid guidance for current and prospective students. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Fountain Hall Atrium, students will be assisted in filling out the 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid as well as the 2020-2021 California Dream Act.

When attending the event, students will learn how to fill out FAFSA and California Dream Act forms with the assistance of 11 of Moorpark’s financial aid advisors and staff. FAFSA assists students in determining what federal financial aid they are eligible for. The California Dream Act helps undocumented students who came into the country under the age of 16 with financial aid opportunities.

According to Kim Korinke, a financial aid officer at Moorpark, “there are so many initiatives from the state and the feds that there really is something for everyone.” Through applying for financial aid, students can receive a multitude of benefits that they would otherwise miss out on. “If students don’t apply, then they don’t gain the benefit of having their fees waived or receiving assistance for the expenses of college,” added Korinke.

Due to the California College Promise program, first-time students have the ability to attend their first two years of community college without tuition fees. “Everyone coming out of high school needs to be doing a FAFSA or a California Dream Act application in order to qualify for that two free years,” elaborated Korinke. Subsequently, the Cash For College event is being held for both current Moorpark students as well as prospective enrollees.

Besides providing guidance through financial aid applications, the Moorpark Outreach Department will be giving tours of the campus to prospective students.

There will also be informational booths from Outreach, Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS), and Admissions and Records for students to learn more about each program as well as financial aid opportunities.

During the event, Johnny Conley, director of student equity and adjunct counselor at Moorpark, will be giving a presentation on an overview of what Moorpark college offers for students in regards to financial aid and services on campus, as well as a question and answer following the presentation.

The event is free to everyone, however, registration is recommended and can be found on the Cash For College webpage.

For more information or registration, contact the Moorpark College Financial Aid office at 805-378-1462 or visit the Cash For College webpage.

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