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February 29, 2016

Aguilar Connects Inland Empire Families with Student Loan Resources

Over the weekend, Rep. Pete Aguilar connected Inland Empire families with critical student loan resources at his FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and student loan workshop. Student loan advisers were on hand to answer last-minute questions ahead of the March 2nd FAFSA application deadline. The workshop also included resources for DREAMers applying for student assistance and additional information on navigating the student loan process. Nearly 100 students and parents participated in the event, which was held at the Roy C. Hill Education Center in San Bernardino on Saturday morning.

“I understand what our students are going through – I’ve been in their shoes,” said Rep. Aguilar. He continued, “The student loan process is complex and can be very confusing, especially if you’ve never done it before. I’m glad we were able to host this workshop for families to help ease that burden.” 

Rep. Aguilar has been a tireless advocate for college affordability since taking office last year. He’s cosponsored a number of initiatives to expand access to loans and grants, including the All-Year ACCESS Act and the America’s College Promise Act. He also cosponsored the Protections and Regulations for Our Students (PRO) Act, which holds for-profit colleges accountable for their actions and protects students and administrators from potential predatory behavior. As a Pell Grant recipient, Rep. Aguilar personally understands the financial burden that thousands of Inland Empire families and millions throughout the nation struggle with every day. His FAFSA and student loan workshop is his most recent effort to help connect students with important resources, and follows the student loan and transfer workshop he held last year that assisted students who were affected by the closing of Everest College. Rep. Aguilar is working to make college more accessible and affordable for San Bernardino County families. If you or someone you know has questions on the FAFSA application or student loan process and was unable to attend the workshop, please call Rep. Aguilar’s office at 909-890-4445.