Assist low-income and first-generation college-goers complete the application process so they can access financial aid for education and career/technical training beyond high school. Y2L is the regional coordinating organization for Cash for College in Kern County. Each year over 2,500 high school seniors and their families are impacted by the program.
Cash for College Schools
-Updated Workshops for 2016 / 2017-
The following schools host a Cash for College workshop at their campus to better serve their students and raise financial aid awareness at their campus but are open to students of other schools.
|High School||Workshop Date||Workshop Time|
|Dream Center||1/31/2017||3:00 PM - 6:00 PM|
|Ridgeview High School||1/31/2017||5:00 PM - 8:00 PM|
|Shafter High School||2/2/2017||3:00 PM - 7:00 PM|
|Mira Monte||2/2/2017||4:00 PM - 7:00 PM|
|Rathbun Branch Library||2/4/2017||10:00 AM - 2:00 PM|
|Taft Union High School||2/6/2017||6:00 PM - 8:00 PM|
|Frontier||2/9/2017||3:00 PM - 6:00 PM|
|Highland High School||2/16/2017||5:30 PM - 7:30 PM|
|West High School||2/16/2017||4:00 PM - 7:00 PM|
|Bakersfield High School||2/23/2017||5:00 PM - 8:00 PM|
|Bakersfield College||2/25/2017||10:00 AM - 1:00 PM|
|Y2L Office||3/2/2017||3:00 PM - 6:00 PM|
The Cash for College workshops will begin in early October 2016. Please check back in September for complete list of workshops.
What To Bring
Bring your parent or guardian and their financial documents such as their most recent 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 you are under-documented, AB540 experts will work with you to determine alternative opportunities for entering the college of your choice.
What To Expect
Financial Aid professionals will be available to answer general and specific questions about completing the FAFSA or DREAM Act applications.
Most families will be encouraged to complete the FAFSA form in the “on-line” format on computers at workshop locations. That means that most locations will complete student/family FAFSA forms in computer labs.
Many workshop locations will include a brief presentation overview regarding financial aid.
Family resource materials will be available to encourage student success.
Checklist of Important Documents You Need to Help Complete the FAFSA or DREAM Act Application.
If you don't have every one of these documents, that's okay. Come to a workshop with the documents that you have and that apply to you.
- Driver's license.
- Social Security card or number
- Alien registration number, if you are not a U.S. citizen
- Your 2015 income information
- Parent 2015 income information
- Your tax and parent tax information; previous year taxes are okay for now if you don't have 2015 tax information
- 2015 bank statements
- Any records of untaxed income such as welfare benefits, Social Security benefits, or child support payments
- List of colleges you are interested in attending
Cash for College workshops are a real team effort and their success depends upon the help of many dedicated volunteers. Without volunteers from educational programs (listed below), these valuable workshops would not take place.
- Migrant Education Program Region V
- Southern San Joaquin Cal-SOAP
- Educational Talent Search Program
- Ameri Corps
- Kern County Department of Human Services: Foster Youth
- Mexican American Opportunity Foundation
- Boys and Girls Club of Kern County
- College Corps
- Taft College, California State University Bakersfield, and Bakersfield College: Financial Aid & Outreach Offices