GCC: Citi PSEAI Budgeting Workshop Helps Students Manage Finances

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Guam – The Citi Foundation/Guam Community College Post Secondary Education Accessibility Initiative (PSEAI) summer program is in full swing at GCC. The six-week program is preparing 15 high school graduates and 5 incoming seniors from Guam Department of Education schools for success in college.
                                                                                               
This is the eighth year that Citi Foundation has funded the PSEAI, and again this year, the $30,000 grant is not only preparing the graduates and incoming seniors for success in college, but also, remaining funds are being used to support past participants with their student fees at GCC. 
                                                                                               
Nearly 80 young people have either graduated from GCC or are now enrolled at the college thanks to the PSEAI program. 
                                                                                               
The Citi Foundation PSEAI grant provides selected graduates and incoming seniors with a six-week course that includes English and Math instruction, textbooks, tutors, financial aid counseling, college coping skills and budgeting workshops, placement tests and career interest inventories. The program provides students with a strong introduction to post secondary education opportunities, numerous career choices, and greater awareness of the college registration and financial aid process.   
                                                                                                
                                                                                               
[Alejandro Cruz, 17, a graduate of John F. Kennedy High School and an incoming freshman at Guam Community College, checks out the salaries of different professions during a Post Secondary Education Accessibility Initiative budgeting workshop at GCC on July 9. Cruz is one of 15 high school graduates and 5 incoming seniors from Guam Department of Education schools enrolled in the PSEAI college prep program sponsored by Citi Foundation.]
                                                                                               
The PSEAI program also provides students with the opportunity to earn college credit. Recent graduates can begin earning general education credits necessary for a degree from GCC, while incoming high school senior participants have the opportunity to be dually enrolled and earn both high school and college credits.
                                                                                               
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[Budgeting workshop volunteer Connie Moral talks with incoming college freshmen and high school seniors in the GCC Post Secondary Education Accessibility Initiative (PSEAI) college prep program about the difference between debit and credit cards at GCC on July 9. The PSEAI is sponsored by Citi Foundation, and prepares students for success in college by offering.]
                                                                                               
English and Math instruction, textbooks, tutors, financial aid counseling, college coping skills and budgeting workshops, placement tests and career interest inventories during a six-week summer program.