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Inland Empire

Cash for College

The state of California’s Cash for College (C4C) program was launched in 2002 with the help of private foundations and the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) to help youth access the information and resources needed to enroll in higher education, which ultimately fuels California’s economic prosperity. To support the statewide initiative, GIA employs a full-time Inland Empire C4C coordinator (Julissa Loza Mendez) to facilitate local training and support. The Inland Empire C4C Program aims to increase the number of local students who successfully complete the financial aid process and enroll in college.

C4C programs and workshops promote various financial aid opportunities, including grants, scholarships, work-study jobs, and loans. Financial aid workshops cover a range of opportunities including Cal-Grant, Middle-Class scholarships, Programs for Foster Youth, California Dream Act Application (CADAA), and Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA).

We are thrilled to have Julissa join the GIA team to support regional Cash for College efforts. GIA will work closely with our partner education institutions to support their existing Cash for College efforts and expand outreach into new areas.  

Ida Hermosillo

GIA, Director of Network Engagement

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GIA’s goal is to expand regional C4C outreach through partnerships with local high schools and postsecondary institutions. Workshops and training are being offered directly to students throughout the region. GIA also supports a train-the-trainer model where school counselors, student advocates, student outreach coordinators, and community partners who work directly with students can become certified C4C trainers at their institutions.

A new Inland Empire Cash for College website is underway and expected to be launched in Fall of 2022. Please subscribe to GIA’s email newsletter for updates. If you are interested in learning more or partnering with GIA’s Cash for College Program, please get in touch with Julissa Loza Mendez, Coordinator of Network Engagement, at or Ida Hermosillo, Director of Network Engagement, at

Priority Populations for the Initiative

Inland Empire K-12 Schools and Postsecondary Insititutions

All students in K-12 and postsecondary schools throughout San Bernardino and Riverside Counties.

Emphasis on Black, Latinx, Indegenous, and historically underserved student groups.

    Connection to GIA's Regional Goals
    1. Increase Educational Attainment, with specific emphasis on accelerating success for historically marginalized students
    Initiative Partners
    • Education Leaders
    • K-12 Schools
    • Postsecondary Insititutions
    • California Student Aid Commission (CSAC)
    Initiative Contact Person(s)

    Julissa Loza Mendez, Coordinator of Network Engagement

    Ida Hermosillo, Director of Network Engagement

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