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Cash for College

Program Description

Each year the Cash for College program helps more than 1,000 students with their FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or TASFA (Texas Application for State Financial Aid). Our goal is to guide students through the financial aid process in an accurate and timely manner so they may have access to more grants and scholarships. During tax season (January through April) we also prepare FAFSAs and TAFSAs at our largest Community Tax Centers located around Austin. Our IRS-certified tax professionals truly understand the many financial questions that can come with filling out FAFSAs. Fortunately, we are able to provide these great services free to those who qualify!

Success Stories

Pamela came to the Cash for College program to get her FAFSA completed and decided to also take advantage of our Scholarship Mentoring program. Pamela is an older student with a 21-year old daughter with medical needs that lives with her. She has struggled with her finances and her own health for much of her life and going to college is extremely important to her. Through this program she has submitted five scholarship applications and in the summer of 2012 she received a $2,000 scholarship from the Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation. After winning her award she went right back to work applying for scholarships and comes in twice a month to meet with her mentor. She's working towards her criminal justice degree.

Best Practices Library

We have a resume builder worksheet from AIE, a scholarship application worksheet that we designed that helps students keep track of their scholarships, and we use the personal characteristics checklist form the College Board Handbook. We also have a few different resources for writing essays that we use, but those are mostly from the local university. There are some of our favorite websites:

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Services Provided

  • Community service/service hours
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Other
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants


Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 0
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 1000
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically High-performing
  • ESL Students
  • Undocumented Students (25)


  • Between 50% and 75%

Matriculation & Completion

  • 4-yr College Matriculation: 40%