Don’t Let Money Hold You Back from College

I am a young African American woman who started at a community college and transferred onto a four year. I was apprehensive about applying for financial aid because I felt like I would never qualify nor did I have anyone to help me with my application process.   Everyone knows that applying  for financial aid can be complicated and takes a lot of patience that most people do not have. is one of those resources that makes it easy because they provide you with the assistance,  answer the questions and they clear up any confusion you may have about applying for financial aid. I only wish that this service was around when I was in college.

If you missed the March 2 deadline to apply for a Cal Grant, it’s not too late to apply for other types of financial aid that can be used at community colleges for the 2012/2013 academic year.

The California Community Colleges provides nearly 1.1 million students each year with financial aid totaling more than $2.5 billion. While these numbers are large, many students are not taking full advantage of the financial aid available to pay for fees, books, supplies and sometimes even help with the rent. 

To find out more about the year-round availability of financial aid at California’s 112 community colleges, and to begin the application process, visit  By visiting the website, you can also get connected with financial aid experts at your local community college campus to receive one-on-one assistance completing the financial aid application. And, through June 29th you can enter for a chance to win a $10,000 scholarship through the Fund Your Future contest, sponsored by ClearChannel.  That's $10,000 to help pay for your community college fees, books, supplies, living expenses and to get you closer to achieving your higher education goals!

Be sure to connect with the “I Can Afford College” campaign on Facebook and Twitter - and @icanafrdcollege - so you can get important financial aid updates, community college news and more!

Remember, it’s not too late to apply for financial aid!  Don’t let money hold you back from making your higher education dreams a reality.  I didn’t