Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Money for College, BOGG, DSPS, EOPS and Other Resources

Please help me send my little one, Alixia, to College at no cost to you. When you use this link, http://www.upromise.com/guest/2396097749 they are supposed to credit her account. Once you try mine I highly recommend that you sign up as well for yourself so that if you have any friends or relatives that could use some free money for college you could also earn for them. So far I have already earned over $190 by signing up for this program. I have not bought anything special, just typed in my grocery rewards card numbers and they credit my account when I buy products that I use everyday. Upromise seems to be legitimate and has been around for quite a while at this time.
Another way to pay for college fees that a lot of students don't realize, if you are attending a California Community College is the Board of Governor's Grant, commonly referred to as a BOGG. I work at a community college and see that a lot of students don't even realize that this opportunity exist. There are several ways to qualify for the BOGG and lots of students do. The easiest way to find out about it is to go the web site for your local community college and go to their financial aid office page. They should have a link where you can print out more information and the application. It usually is composed of answering a few simple questions and providing proof of income. Here is a link for the BOGG for California residents: http://www.cccapply.org/BOG_Waiver/
Finally, remember that there are several other programs in California Community Colleges that help financially and with appropriate services. These special programs that you may be eligible for include, Disabled Students Services & Programs(DSPS) here is a link to the DSPS program at Santa Barbara City College which discusses the eligibility criteria and services offered: http://www.sbcc.edu/dsps/, Extended Opportunities Programs & Services(EOPS) here is a link to the EOPS program at Chaffey College which discusses the eligibility criteria and services offered: http://www.chaffey.edu/eops/, and several other programs are available if you simply do a search on support services.
If you want to attend college it is possible, you are even in a better place usually with a lower income and a higher need level. Anyone who wants to go to college can. It is only a little research and maybe a lot of paperwork that may stand in your way. When deciding to take out loans I would also recommend that you do you research. Most students that I see really don't need loans but they see this money as being free, even though the long term costs can be prohibitive. Instead I would encourage you to look into scholarships and other funding sources such as the ones discussed here. This is just the tip of the iceberg of what is out there in terms of financial support. Look in on future blogs to find out more tips for financial help with college.

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