California high school graduates. Courtesy California Student Aid Commission
California high school graduates. Courtesy California Student Aid Commission

Two of San Diego’s top elected officials are sponsoring a free college counseling session Wednesday for high school students and parents considering the city’s wide variety of institutions of higher learning.

Rep. Scott Peters and Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins will help lead the free event from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Cadman Elementary, 4370 Kamloop Ave. in the Bay Ho neighborhood.

“Preparing for college and planning for how to pay for it are two of the most important steps students and parents will ever take,” Atkins said. “It’s an exciting time — looking at schools and getting a sense of all the different paths out there — but we know it can be confusing too. We hope this workshop can help.”

Representatives from UC San Diego, San Diego State University, the University of San Diego and the San Diego Community College District will be at the event with information about how to choose the best school and how to find financial aid, such as California’s Middle Class Scholarship, whcih 3,300 San Diego students have received.

“Applying for college can be an intimidating process, but this workshop will offer San Diego students and their families guidance on finding the right fit and getting access to financial aid,” Peters said. “In addition to workshops such as these we are working to reduce the burden of student loan debt and help more Americans pursue higher education.”

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.