LAUSD helps thousands of students apply for college financial aid

The Dorsey High School marching band plays during the Spirit Showdown at the LAUSD Region South inaugural FAFSA Fair for high school students to learn how to pay for college and how to apply for Federal Student Aid Saturday on the Los Angeles Harbor College campus in Wilmington on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2024. (Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)

Juan Camarillo marches with his Souzaphone as the Banning High School marching band performs as LAUSD Region South hosted their inaugural FAFSA Fair for high school students to learn how to pay for college and how to apply for Federal Student Aid Saturday on the Los Angeles Harbor College campus in Wilmington on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2024. (Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)

Thalia Hernandez, right, with the Harbor College Culinary program, hands a raffle ticket to Samuel Portillo as LAUSD Region South hosted their inaugural FAFSA Fair for high school students to learn how to pay for college and how to apply for Federal Student Aid Saturday on the Los Angeles Harbor College campus in Wilmington on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2024. (Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)

Ingrid Gurrole with Banning High School helps students fill out financial aid requests as LAUSD Region South hosted their inaugural FAFSA Fair for high school students to learn how to pay for college and how to apply for Federal Student Aid Saturday on the Los Angeles Harbor College campus in Wilmington on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2024. (Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)

Andy Cuautle, 17, talks to Army National Guard Sgt. Joseph Esposito as LAUSD Region South hosted their inaugural FAFSA Fair for high school students to learn how to pay for college and how to apply for Federal Student Aid Saturday on the Los Angeles Harbor College campus in Wilmington on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2024. (Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)

Marie Madrid, left, and Thalia Hernandez, right, from the Harbor College Culinary program man the booth as LAUSD Region South hosted their inaugural FAFSA Fair for high school students to learn how to pay for college and how to apply for Federal Student Aid Saturday on the Los Angeles Harbor College campus in Wilmington on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2024. (Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)

Thalia Hernandez, right, with the Harbor College Culinary program, hands a raffle ticket to Samuel Portillo as LAUSD Region South hosted their inaugural FAFSA Fair for high school students to learn how to pay for college and how to apply for Federal Student Aid Saturday on the Los Angeles Harbor College campus in Wilmington on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2024. (Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)

Samuel Portillo, left, uses his friend Christopher Garcia’s back to fill out a raffle ticket for a set of cooking knives from the Culinary program at Los Angeles Harbor College LAUSD Region South hosted their inaugural FAFSA Fair for high school students to learn how to pay for college and how to apply for Federal Student Aid Saturday on the Los Angeles Harbor College campus in Wilmington on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2024. (Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)

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While college is meant to be a ticket to a better life, it can sometimes feel like a one-way trip into debt. But Los Angeles Unified School District does not want fear of a hefty price tag to hold back its students from pursuing higher education.

On Saturday, Jan. 27, the district invited 2,000 students and their families to attend the district’s first-ever financial aid fair, where they learned how to maximize the money they receive for college.

The workshops demystified the financial aid process, and students and their families got help filling out their Federal Student Aid and California Dream Act Application forms at Los Angeles Harbor College in Wilmington.

Making it an even better day, they were treated to performances from high school marching bands, spirit squads and cheer teams.

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