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Financial Aid, Outreach Grant

State Grant Supports UC Riverside Financial Aid and Academic Outreach

EdFund Grant Supports Outreach to Inland High Schools

(March 11, 2004)

Source: UCR Early Academic Outreach Programs Web site

Source: UCR Early Academic Outreach Programs Web site

RIVERSIDE, Calif. � � The University of California, Riverside recently received a grant from the California Student Aid Commission to provide financial aid information and academic help to high school students in the region. The one-year grant can be renewed for up to two additional years.

The $353,176 grant from the state commission�s EdFund, will assist the UC Riverside Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP) in providing financial aid information, such as Cal Grant opportunities, to all 16,000 high school seniors in the Inland Empire and San Gabriel Valley. EdFund is a nonprofit public benefit corporation, and is one of the nation's largest providers of student loan guarantee services under the Federal Family Education Loan program.

In an era of diminished state support for university outreach, the Student Aid Commission grant helps UC Riverside continue and improve existing outreach efforts.

The grant was awarded Jan. 30, 2004, and activities began in mid-February, according to Betty Benzor, director of UC Riverside�s Office of Relations With Schools.

The grant will help UC Riverside�s outreach office step up academic enrichment activities and financial aid information to at-risk, high-potential students in grades 9-11, while also providing information to parents during evening meetings.

�The grant will assist us in reaching many more local high school students and their families to inform them of the financial aid and Cal Grant application process,� said Benzor. �It is assisting our program by supplementing activities to pre-college students.�

Participating schools include 23 in Riverside County, nine in San Bernardino County and 13 in eastern Los Angeles County. The grant will help UC Riverside supplement well-established campus outreach programs, and partner with local community groups and city agencies. The university will also continue a partnership with the Friendship Christian Fellowship Church�s youth center in Perris, where services are now offered through EAOP.

Following are the objectives of the program, as established by EAOP officials:

  • To inform high school seniors at target schools of the Cal Grant Entitlement program;

  • To increase the number of Cal Grant Recipients;

  • To increase the number of students who are prepared to meet both the academic and financial requirements necessary to enroll and succeed in higher education;

  • And to prepare seniors to fulfill the steps necessary to be considered for state, federal and institutional financial aid programs.

The EdFund project will involve schools that currently are EAOP partners, and those involved UC Riverside�s federally-funded TRIO programs, such as Upward Bound, Student Support Services, and Educational Talent Search. TRIO programs are federal educational outreach efforts to motivate and support students from disadvantaged backgrounds so they can succeed in middle school, through high school, and into college.

The UC Riverside EdFund grant is one of nearly $5 million the California Students Aid Commission has awarded to various high school and university programs statewide.

�Financial aid for college is becoming increasingly important for California�s students,� said Diana Fuentes-Michel, executive director of the California Student Aid Commission, in a statement released by the agency. �The Commission and Ed. Fund are pleased to be working with our partners in education on this committed effort to educate students about financial aid, how to get it, and when and how to apply.�

�We hope to increase the number of applicants and students awarded Cal Grants from schools that we will be working with, and providing students with increased support for their college costs,� said UC Riverside�s Benzor. �We also want to make families aware of what's available and let them know of critical application deadlines.�

UC Riverside�s Early Academic Outreach Programs was established in 1976. The programs� objectives are to prepare educationally and/or economically disadvantaged students to become eligible for admission to college upon high school graduation.

Riverside County Schools
Rancho Verde High
La Sierra High
Norte Vista High
Banning High
Beaumont Sr. High
Coachella Valley High
Indio High
Palm Desert High
West Valley High
Jurupa Valley High
Rubidoux High
Temescal Canyon High
Canyon Springs High
Moreno Valley High
Cathedral City High
Desert Hot Springs
Palm Springs High
Perris High
Arlington High
North (John W) High
Sherman Indian
San Jacinto Sr. High
Valley View High

San Bernardino County Schools
Colton High
Fontana High
Kaiser (Henry J) High
Eisenhower Sr. High
Rialto High
Arroyo Valley
Cajon High
Pacific High
San Bernardino High

Los Angeles County Schools
Azusa High
Gladstone High
Sierra Vista High
Duarte High
So. El Monte High
Los Altos High
Workman (Wm) High
Diamond Ranch High
Ganesha Sr. High
Garey Sr. High
Pomona Sr. High
Nogales High
West Covina High

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