COC to host financial aid workshop for prospective students

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For California residents, attending a California Community College can costs more than $1,100 per year.

College of the Canyons (COC) is helping inform students and their families about financial aid options available for them through the school during its “Cash for College” financial aid workshop next Tuesday.

“The money is available for those who need it and we want to make sure people know about that,” said Eric Harnish, COC’s vice president of public information, advocacy and external relations.

During the event, representatives from college’s Financial Aid Office will answer common questions, provide steps to apply for financial aid and describe how to navigate the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The information will also be delivered to students and families in Spanish during a presentation held in the college’s Student Center cafeteria at the same time.

“Financial aid is something that’s really critical for our students,” Harnish said.  “About half of our students receive some form of financial aid.”

This aid is through the Board of Governors Enrollment Fee Waiver (BOGW) program, grants, scholarships, student loans and work-study jobs.

Harnish said that for the 2015-16 school year, COC rewarded $20.8 million in financial aid to its students.

The free event will be held Jan. 17 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center (PAC) on COC’s campus.  COC expects several hundred people to attend.

“We hope this workshop will help incoming students and families understand the financial aid process, which can be initially daunting,” said Tom Bilbruck, financial aid director at the college in a press release.

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