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February 18, 2004

Assemblymember Simon Salinas and Gavilan College Encourage High School Seniors to Apply for Cal Grants.

Hollister ? The Office of Assemblymember Simón Salinas (D-Salinas), Gavilan College, and other educational supporters, are working together to bring a Cal Grant Workshop to Hollister?s Briggs Building, Gavilan College extension.

The Gavilan College Cal-Grant workshop will be held on Saturday, February 21, 2004 from 10:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Gavilan College's Hollister Center (Briggs Building). Volunteers will be available to assist students complete the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA). An additional workshop is planned for Salinas. For more information on the Cal Grant program or to receive assistance completing the FAFSA application, students or parents should call (831) 759-8676 or the Gavilan Financial Aid Office (408) 848-4725.

?Students need to know that there is money available to help them meet the costs of college,? Salinas said. ?This is the first year we have hosted this important workshop in Hollister.?

In recent years, the Legislature expanded the Cal Grant program to provide financial assistance for students who meet academic and income eligibility requirements. Cal Grants provide students with money for fees, books and living expenses. Applications are free and students do not have to pay the awards back.

?The Cal Grant program provides an amazing opportunity for local students,? Salinas said, continuing, ?Cal Grants do not have to be paid back, but students must meet that March 2nd deadline.?

Many students and their families are either unaware of the Cal Grant program or find it difficult to complete the application process. To assist local students and parents, Assemblymember Simón Salinas, in full collaboration with Gavilan College, and others, have organized an aggressive local outreach program consisting of high school presentations and the upcoming workshop in Hollister.

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