CONTRA COSTA COUNTY -- High school seniors and college students in Contra Costa County have a chance to apply for some financial aid starting Tuesday.

"Cash for College" workshops will be held around the county from Jan. 14 through March 1, at which financial aid experts will instruct students and their families on how to apply for a Cal Grant as well as federal aid.

High school seniors who complete an exit survey at one of the workshops and apply for a Cal Grant before the March 2 deadline might receive an additional $1,000 incentive

scholarship.

Cal Grants cover tuition and fees at University of California and California State University.

The grants also are available to community college students and those entering private California colleges.

Students planning to attend a workshop should bring the following:

  • a list of the colleges they're interested in

  • a parent's Social Security card, if available

  • a parent's federal income tax return or W-2 form from 2012 or 2013

  • records of untaxed income such as child support, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), interest income, veteran non-education benefits, Social Security

    benefits

  • student W-2 forms, pay records or records of income earned during 2013

  • bank account records or statements

  • records of stocks, bonds or investments n business records;


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    Non-U.S. citizens should provide an alien registration card, if available

    The schedule of workshops is as follows, although participants are urged to confirm at www.calgrants.org before going.

    Jan. 22, 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Liberty High School, 850 2nd St., Brentwood

    Jan. 23, 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Pittsburg High School, 1750 Harbor St., Pittsburg

    Jan. 23, 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Freedom High School, 1050 Neroly Road, Oakley

    Jan. 25, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Antioch High School, 700 W. 18th St., Antioch

    Feb. 3, 5 to 8 p.m. at Deer Valley High School, 4700 Lone Tree Way, Antioch

    For more information, contact Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Oakley) at one of his district offices at 925-778-5790.

    -- Rowena Coetsee