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New students learn best tips on how to achieve academic success in college

Artemus Steele, Staff

September 20, 2017

It’s the start of a new fall semester, and that means there are new incoming students. That being said, here are a few things new students should know. As new students, it's a good idea to get acquainted with the campus and its various services, such as counselors, Extended Opportunity Programs and Services and various ...

New financial aid changes require classes to align with academic major

Steven Bryla, Staff

December 5, 2016

Registration for Spring 2017 classes began on Monday for students at Cosumnes River College. But a new change to financial aid requirements can reduce the amount of aid students receive. Students applying for financial aid will no longer receive financial aid for classes outside of their program of study. Brendan James,...

FAFSA applications open three months earlier

Jared Lee, Staff Writer

October 31, 2016

This year, the opening submission date for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, also known as the FAFSA, has been shifted from January to October. This new, earlier submission date is a permanent change. Students will now be able to submit their FAFSA in the future as early as Oct. 1 each year, according to the Federal...

District should look into new bank for financial aid disbursement

Heather Kemp, Staff Writer

April 18, 2015

Higher One, the bank that Cosumnes River College and many other colleges in the United States use to give students their financial aid award, is nothing but a big hassle. There is nothing worse than when a company tries to say they care about college students and helping them make the most of their money when they actually...

A student uses the Higher One ATM in CRC's library building. Some students have reported problems with the ATM working correctly.

Bank plagued with lawsuits and student unrest due to fees associated with card use

March 24, 2015

Connecticut-based bank Higher One, the leading provider of campus debit cards according to the Huffington...

Keith Montes leads students as they march for education during Sacramento's annual March in March on March 2, 2015.

California community college students gather through adversity and march for education on Sacramento capitol

March 2, 2015

As students and faculty from community colleges all over California gathered for the annual March in...

On-campus workshops available to help students apply for financial aid

Heather Kemp, Staff Writer

February 28, 2015

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid’s state deadline is rapidly approaching as students scramble to ensure they will get the financial assistance that they need. March 2 is the deadline that California has set for current or prospective students to submit their FAFSA, Cal Grant or California Dream Act applications. “All...

Financial aid office addresses disbursement backup

Scott Redmond, Staff Writer

December 5, 2014

Financial aid is a necessary option for many students to be able to  afford a college education. Listening around campus, it’s not strange to hear students talking about not knowing why they don’t qualify for financial aid, saying that they weren’t told about what they needed to do in order to get their aid or that...

Students waiting to be helped by the financial aid staff.

Possibility of financial aid based on student competency being explored by colleges throughout the country

October 31, 2014

Soon, students will be able to pay for college with a new program for financial aid that will measure ...

Students who attend Cosumnes River College visit the tables set up by various four-year colleges in preparation for transfer at the fall Transfer Day Fair in September 2013. Attending a two-year college similar to CRC gives students a leg up educationally and financially when they transfer to the next level of education.

Two-year schools provide alternative to high student debt

March 16, 2014

At four-year colleges across California, in 2012, 52 percent of students had an average of $20,269 in...

Frustrated students react to Higher One ATM problem

Heather Kemp, Staff Writer

February 23, 2014

Add one more to the list of stresses that students encounter as a college student, as many are upset that the campus Higher One ATM often does not read their cards. Higher One is the company that disburses student’s financial aid onto their Los Rios Community College District OneCards. Once your financial aid refund has...

Assembly Bill aims to increase financial aid

Nick Valenzuela, Connection Staff

April 18, 2013

California community college students struggling with financial aid may soon receive assistance in obtaining FAFSA and Pell Grant funds thanks to a bill recently introduced to the California State Assembly. California Assemblyman Das Williams (D-Santa Barbara) has created Assembly Bill 606, a bill that, if passed, would requir...

Armed Forces temporarily shuts down tuition assistance program

Armed Forces temporarily shuts down tuition assistance program

March 29, 2013

On March 8, 2013 the United States Air Force, Army, and Marines collectively decided to cut off tuition...

Financial aid awards rise in numbers, Pell Grant qualifications change

Alex Mosqueda, Connection Staff

September 22, 2012

With the start of a new semester many Cosumnes River College students make the inevitable trip to the financial aid office. “We have actually awarded more students this year to date than the same time last year,” said Financial Aid Supervisor Alice Kwong via email. As of July 1, 2012, new qualifications for the Federal...

Financial aid changes set to impact students

Stephan Starnes, Connection Staff

May 4, 2012

More students are applying for financial aid, while less students are being awarded monetary help. In this time of budgetary crisis, financial aid eligibility is being revised. The Board of Governors Fee Waiver C is awarded to students who show financial need through the Free Application for Federal Aid. Currently, stud...

Students divided over the DREAM act

Alex Mosqueda, Connection Staff

October 19, 2011

The California DREAM Act bill was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, making undocumented immigrants eligible for state-funded financial aid when attending California universities. By signing the bill, Brown enabled undocumented immigrants to receive fee waivers in the community college system. “Going to college is a dream that...

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