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Free advice on college financial aid offered Saturday in Los Angeles area

January 27, 2011 | 12:46 pm

Free workshops and advice about financial aid for college will be offered at 29 high schools across the Los Angeles region this Saturday.

The Cash for College program will provide experts to help students and their families complete the federal and state applications for college financial aid between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. that day. Attendees are urged to bring along their family’s financial and tax documents, including 2009 tax returns and the most current W-2 forms.

The nearest locations for what are called Super Saturday workshops and for subsequent ones through March 2 can be found by zip code on this website.

Undocumented students will have a chance to explore alternative sources of grants even though government aid is barred to them. And all students who participate and complete the required forms and aid applications will be eligible to win in a random drawing for more than 100 scholarships, worth $1,000 each, officials said.

Cash for College is a program aiming to boost college attendance. Among its sponsors are the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, the city of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Unified School District, the Los Angeles Community College District and the United Way.

-- Larry Gordon