Student Aid Saturdays aim to help San Antonio students apply for college financial aid

Submitted by Joe Ruiz on February 7, 2012 - 2:17pm

A collaborative effort between multiple San Antonio agencies is now focused on getting more area students to apply for college financial aid.

The new Student Aid Saturdays program is designed to help students and their families apply for both federal and state financial aid with one-on-one assistance available in both English and Spanish, as well as providing assistance in filing federal income tax returns to expedite the financial aid applications.

The programs will take place over 12 weekends ending on May 5 with locations around the city. More information about the program can be found on the program website.

  • Cafe College (Classroom I), 131 El Paso Street: Feb. 12, 18, 25; Mar. 3, 10, 17; Apr. 7, 14, 28; May 5.
  • Harlandale High School (Cafeteria Building, Second Floor Computer Lab), 114 E. Gerald: Feb. 12.
  • St. Mary's University (Center for Legal and Social Justice, Room 405), 1 Camino Santa Maria: Feb. 18.
  • Churchill High School (New Building, Third Floor, Room 8310), 12049 Blanco Road: Feb. 18.
  • St. Philips College (Bowden Building, Room 104), 1801 Martin Luther King Drive: Feb. 18, 25; Mar. 3, 10, 17; May 5 (Welcome Center).
  • Palo Alto College (Ozuna Learning and Academic Center), 1400 W. Villaret Drive: Feb. 18, 25; Mar. 3, 10, 17; May 5.
  • MacArthur High School (Library), 2923 MacArthur VW: Feb. 25.
  • Texas A&M-San Antonio (Financial Aid Welcome Center, Room 106), 1 University Way: Feb. 25.
  • Lee High School (Main Building - Middleton Library), 1400 Jackson-Keller: Mar. 3.
  • Northwest Vista College (Cypress Campus Center), 3535 N. Ellison Drive: Mar. 3; May 5.
  • Northeast Lakeview College (Student Commons Building, Room 210), 1201 Kitty Hawk Road, Universal City: Mar. 3; May 5.
  • San Antonio College (Early College Program, Building No. 27), 1300 San Pedro Avenue: Mar. 3; May 5.
  • Holmes High School (Building I, Room 1202), 6500 Ingram Road: Mar. 10.
  • Guadalupe Theater (Main Building), 1300 Guadalupe Street: Mar. 17.


NOWCastSA helped produce two public service announcements, one in English and a bilingual version. We'd like to thank State Rep. Mike Villarreal, San Antonio Mayor Juli√°n Castro and Gina Amatangelo, Villarreal's chief of staff.

According to a news release, Student Aid Saturdays is a partnership between schools, businesses and community organizations across Bexar County to offer free help filling out complicated federal and state forms for college financial aid. Through a collaboration of the City of San Antonio, San Antonio Education Partnership, Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, caf√©college, and Generation TX San Antonio, this program will help more San Antonio students apply for financial aid for college. Students who complete and submit a FAFSA application are 350 percent more likely to go to college, according to Student Futures Project.