Apr 14, 2023

NCCPC Offers Free Financial Aid Webinar Series to Advisors, Students, Families

Contact: Meredith Curry Nuñez
Executive Director

Press Release

OAKLAND, CA – From Thursday, February 23 – March 16, 2023, the Northern California College Promise Coalition (NCCPC) offered a free financial aid webinar series, “5 Steps to College Financial Literacy,” for families, students, practitioners, and providers in the community. This 10+ webinar series on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays provided just-in-time updates, resources, and training related to financial aid applications, packaging, and comparing award letters, appeals, scholarship displacement, and more.

“We at NCCPC are proud to be able to support our members and the greater ecosystem with this annual webinar series. Nearly 400 participants received just-in-time financial aid training, tools, and tips to support students and families in making affordable college choices,” says Meredith Curry Nuñez, Executive Director of the NCCPC. “When students and families have agency around their financial decisions, they can avoid overworking and unnecessary loan burdens while in college. We look forward to next year’s series!”

Presenters represent the following organizations: 

  • Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU)
  • CalKIDS
  • California Community Colleges (CCCCO)
  • California Student Aid Commission (CSAC)
  • California Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (CASFAA)
  • Excite Credit Union
  • Jessup University
  • LA Pierce College
  • Moneythink
  • Ohlone College
  • The California State University (CSU)
  • The University of California (UCOP)

Topics for students and families consisted of: “Banking & Budgeting” with Excite Credit Union, “Let’s Talk College Affordability” with Moneythink, “The First Steps Towards College” with CalKIDS, “Financial Aid Tips to Attend Your Local CA Community College”, and “What’s New in Financial Aid?” with the CA Community Colleges. 

Topics for practitioners and providers included: The First Steps Towards College with CalKIDS, Banking & Budgeting with Excite Credit Union, Financial Aid Packaging with The California State University, Financial Aid Packaging with the University of California (UC), #HandsOffMyScholarship!: How to Support Students with Displacement, Supporting Students Navigating College Enrollment Decisions with Moneythink, Financial Aid Packaging with the CA Independents, What’s New in Financial Aid? with CSAC, and Get to Know the CA Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators.  

“I cannot emphasize enough how critical it is that, as advocates, we get access to these stakeholders and institutional partners, and I sincerely hope this series continues to be planned and executed,” comments Parshan Khosravi, California Policy Director, uAspire, NCCPC Champion Member, & NCCPC Policy Committee Co-Chair.

The NCCPC would like to thank College Futures Foundation, Partner with Mary Le, and Excite Credit Union for sponsoring “5 Steps to College Financial Literacy.” Dora Beyer, Community Relations, Excite Credit Union, was thrilled to sponsor, present, and attend the series. Dora said, “Thank you, NCCPC, for ensuring that financial aid and access information is consistently available to the first-gen college-going community.” 

To watch recordings of the webinars, please visit the NCCPC website, https://norcalpromisecoalition.org/financial-aid-webinar-series-2023/.

About the Northern California College Promise Coalition

The Northern California College Promise Coalition (NCCPC)’s vision is to change policies, systems, and practices so that multiply marginalized and underserved students in 12 Northern California counties complete postsecondary credentials, attain livable wages, and build wealth at higher rates than baseline and rates comparable to groups not traditionally underserved. “Multiply marginalized and underserved” refers to individuals with multiple, intersecting identities confined or relegated by social processes to the outer edge of mainstream society, preventing these individuals from full participation in cultural, social, economic and economic and political life enjoyed by dominant society resulting in insufficient representation. NCCPC was formed to solve the problem of a lack of efficacy that individual organizations and agencies, who are committed to supporting underrepresented youth to postsecondary and career access and success, were observing when working alone.

To partner with NCCPC and join the movement to increase educational equity in Northern California, please visit norcalpromisecoalition.org for more information.