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By Amy Peruzzaro

The California Student Aid Commission in partnership with the Riverside County Office of Education, the Education Trust-West, and the California Department of Education invite high school teachers, counselors and other K-12 stakeholders to attend the the 4th Annual California College Affordability Summit. This professional learning event will equip attendees with the necessary information and tools to navigate the 2024-2025 financial aid application cycle. The event will take place on Nov. 7-8, 2023 at the Riverside Convention Center in Riverside, California.

Specifically, the Summit will focus on providing attendees with the resources to support students in completing the Better FAFSA and Better California Dream Act application, which will be rolled out in December. More than 30 sessions will be offered covering topics such as challenges to student college success and support for undocumented students. Moreover, the Summit recognizes high schools with high rates of financial aid application completion, which is a state requirement for graduating seniors.

The Summit will also feature award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien as its headline speaker. In 2019, O’Brian partnered with Yahoo Life to present the documentary “Hungry to Learn” detailing the lives of four students facing struggles to either pay for college or food and housing. O’Brian’s work revealed that 45 percent of college students struggle with hunger. At the Summit O’Brian will address the problem of student hunger in America as a barrier to achieving success in college.

Registration for the Summit is $150 per person and includes registration to the Nov. 7 Pre-Summit and Nov. 8 Summit sessions, parking at the Riverside Convention Center, refreshments at Pre-Summit on Nov. 7 and breakfast and lunch during Summit on Nov. 8, 2023.

Register today to save your spot at this much anticipated College Affordability Summit.

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