Pre-Summit: November 7, 2023, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Summit: November 8, 2023, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
We Are Live In
We are pleased to announce award-winning journalist, documentarian, speaker, author, and philanthropist Soledad O’Brien, as the Keynote speaker for the California College Affordability Summit on November 8, 2023. O’Brien has a long and distinguished career dedicated to telling empowering and authentic stories on a range of social issues, including college student hunger in America. In 2019, O’Brien partnered with Yahoo Life to exclusively present the documentary “Hungry to Learn” chronicling the lives of four students facing the hard choice of paying for college or paying for food and housing. Through this work, she reported that 45 percent of college students are struggling with hunger. At the Summit, O’Brien will discuss the magnitude of the student hunger problem in America as told from real students making hard choices about their future success in college.
ABOUT THE EVENT
The Annual California College Affordability Summit will provide educators, policy leaders, and community-based organizations with information and resources on the importance of financial aid and its ability to increase college access, enrollment, and persistence. Session topics will include embedding financial aid application completion within curricula, developing systems of support for vulnerable student populations, securing policy and system changes, and maximizing partnership efforts between higher education and K-12 institutions.
The goals of the Summit are to:
Equip participants with resources, strategies, and tools to improve financial aid opportunities for all students
Understand and support today’s student experience
Engage and build partnerships with school districts and high schools to support financial literacy and promote the value of a college education to our students and families
Bridge connections between K-12 and higher education stakeholders focused on increasing financial aid application rates in high schools and districts across the state
There will be over 30 session topics presented including the following:
Understanding the Better FAFSA and enhanced California Dream Act Application
Latest Updates from Higher Education Segment Office
University of California
California State University
California Community College
Independent California Colleges and Universities
Supporting Undocumented Students
Engaging the Community in the Financial Aid Process
Ensuring Basic Needs for Students in Higher Education
Best Practices for Increasing FAFSA/CADAA Completion Rates
Free Tour of the University of California, Riverside (optional):
November 7, 2023, 9:40 a.m. - 12:50 p.m.
November 7, 2023, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Networking Event 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
November 8, 2023, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
K-12, Higher Ed, Policy Leaders, and Community-Based Organizations
$150 per person
(Includes registration to the Pre-Summit and Summit sessions, parking at the Riverside Convention Center, refreshments at Pre-Summit on November 7, 2023, and breakfast and lunch during Summit on November 8, 2023. Please note that parking outside of the event venue will not be covered in the event cost.)
Riverside Convention Center
3637 5th Street,
Riverside, CA 92501
Travel, Transportation, & Parking
The Riverside Convention Center is easily accessible from Ontario International Airport. Rental cars, taxis, and ride-sharing services are readily available from the airport.
Self-Parking is available at the venue for the first 500 vehicles. Carpooling is strongly recommended for participants. For an additional fee, parking is also available at surrounding public parking garages, street parking, or hotels.