Cafe College program helps students, families with college application process, financial aid
SAN ANTONIO – Students across the country and in San Antonio are stepping up their college application processes.
It may seem daunting and complex for students and families, but the San Antonio Education Partnership is hosting a special event Monday and Tuesday at Cafe College to help local families — and impact our local economy.
“I wouldn’t be where I am if programs like Cafe College programs. like the SAEP approach to success. If these programs weren’t there, I wouldn’t have been able to go to college not just to, but to complete and graduate,” said Café College alumnus Fatima Montez.
Montez is from San Antonio and graduated from Notre Dame. She works to help local students and families and knows the process firsthand.
“I’m a first-generation college student, so my parents didn’t go through that process. As I walked through it myself, there was a lot of confusion,” Montez said.
“San Antonio has a lot of first-generation students, first-generation students, and so those students need that support because they don’t always have people in their immediate circle who have experience with that. , who know how to guide them through this process,” said program manager Elizabeth Velarde.
The College Application PARTY is designed to help students apply for financial aid and guide them through the college application process. The program helps with admissions and testing. Anyone who needs help receives step-by-step help with financial aid applications, admissions, applications, and essays.
“They are going to expect workshops. They are also going to get help with applications, admissions, essays, 34 for scholarships, things like that,” Velarde said.
The programs are great for local students, but they’re also good for San Antonio’s economy.
“What we are trying to do is to develop this local economy. We are building this pool of talent, locally, in order to bring these students to university to obtain these diplomas. And then they’re going to come back here and work in this space and be able to grow our local economy,” Velarde said.
The program is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays with representatives from local colleges to answer all your questions.
Montez wants all students to know that their opportunities are limitless.
“It’s possible. I feel like there’s so many things that tell you, ‘You can’t do this. It’s not for you. But the students need to understand that this is possible for them. And even if they feel they can’t do it now, it’s never too late. And they never have to do it alone,” she said.
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