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Hispanic students and their parents learn about college and how to pay for it

SAN DIEGO (Border Report) — The event is called “Step into the Future” and is designed for Hispanic high school students and their parents.

“The purpose of this fair is to help first-generation college students navigate the process of registering and filling out financial aid applications,” said Carlos González Gutiérrez, Consul General of Mexico in San Diego.

Consulate General of Mexico in San Diego cooperates with Alianza MX,
The California Student Aid Commission (CSAC), California Student Opportunity, and other organizations sponsor and host the workshop.

“The Mexican Consulate is organizing a university fair for the first time,” Gonzalez said. “We want everyone, regardless of their nationality or migratory status, to know what they can qualify for.”

Carlos González Gutierrez is the Consul General of Mexico in San Diego. (Courtesy of the Mexican Consulate in San Diego)

The Consul General stated that the fair is not only for students, but also for their parents to sit with volunteers learning about the college application process and financial aid available to students.

“We want the Hispanic generation now in high school to go to college and stay in college,” Gonzalez said. “It’s very important for Hispanic parents to understand that they need to be supported because it’s a complex process.”

He said the event was actually scheduled for 2020 before the coronavirus pandemic brought the workshop to a halt.

“This is our first attempt, but we hope this event will continue to become a one-stop-shop for first-generation students to get all the tools they need to get into college or university.”

The event will take place from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm Saturday at the One Safe Place Community Resource Center in San Marcos, California.

Gonzalez said the fair will be attended by representatives from universities and colleges in the San Diego area.

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