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    Area College Officials to Converge at Pacific for 7th Annual Bilingual Financial Aid Workshop

    Jan 15, 2010

    College officials from nearly every university in the region will assist 3,000 parents and students in getting into college and applying for financial aid on Sunday, Jan. 31 at University of the Pacific. Representatives from Pacific, California State University, Stanislaus, San Joaquin Delta College, Heald College and National University will participate in the 7th Annual Bilingual Financial Aid and College Awareness Workshop. Pacific President Pamela A. Eibeck will give the keynote address.

    Organized by Pacific and the San Joaquin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the event is from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the A.G. Spanos Center on Pacific's Stockton campus. It is free and open to the public. The half-day workshop is designed to encourage students to continue their education and assist them in finding ways to pay for college.

    "This event will allow parents and students to learn about all of the resources available to make their college dreams become reality," said Inés Ruiz-Huston, Latino community outreach coordinator at Pacific and co-chair of the event. "With the current fiscal crisis, it is more important than ever to provide students and parents with more opportunities to receive educational information."

    The workshop will include both English and Spanish sessions on financial aid, college preparation, high school graduation requirements and numerous other topics. College officials also will help high school seniors apply for federal financial aid online during the event. The sessions will be tailored toward each grade level between sixth and 12th grade. Sessions will cover how to prepare for college, financial aid for legal and undocumented students, and college life, among other topics. Childcare will also be provided during the event.

    High school seniors will have access to computers and be able to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form online. They must bring in the proper documents to do so. The event is co-sponsored by the A.G. Spanos Companies, AT&T, La Tricolor 100.9 FM radio station and San Joaquin County Worknet office.

    For more information contact Inés Ruiz-Huston at (209) 946-7705 or go online to www.icangotocollege.org.