Conversations With

SRJC's Student Financial Services is committed to humanizing the Financial Aid process, known to be intimidating and overwhelming. Join Student Financial Services', Drina and Lauren, as they offer a glimpse of Financial Aid behind-the-scenes. They'll share updates and tips about financial aid at SRJC, while relating their personal experiences as students and professionals. Listen in to hear conversations with friends from the community, like staff, students, and faculty, as they share inspiring anecdotes about utilizing SRJC's abundant resources. 



Lauren and Drina wrap up Financial Aid Awareness Month, but remind you - it's not too late to apply! There's a wealth of financial aid available to you at SRJC. Questions? Just ask. Not sure what to ask? Just reach out - the team is waiting to assist you.


In honor of February's Financial Aid Awareness Month, Lauren and Drina are joined by special guest, SRJC's President, Dr. Frank Chong! Tune in to hear about Dr. Chong's captivating and inspiring educational journey and how financial aid helped him to get to where he is today.


This January, we're joined by Jessica Zambrano, Program Coordinator, MESA. Jessica shares about her academic growth starting here at SRJC and the strength financial aid brought to her during the process. Thank you for sharing your inspiring story, Jessica!


In honor of Veteran's Day, Lauren and Drina meet with Student Success Specialist I, Giovanni Alejo, from the Veterans Success Center. A respected Veteran himself, Giovanni shares about his experience as a student managing between his education and financial aid, his time in the military and the resulting growth in his career. On behalf of all Student Financial Services, thank you Giovanni and all Student Veterans for your service.


October 2022: The 2023-24 FAFSA and 2023-24 CADAA are now available and ready for you to file! Join Drina, Lauren and Margaret from Student Financial Services as they share in excitement for this new release and learn about how integral education and financial aid were for Margaret's career growth.


September 2022: Admissions & Records Specialist, Brian Reyes, shares about the profound impact financial aid had on his future as a first-generation student and how his educational experience lends to the assistance that he offers to SRJC students at the Petaluma Campus.


August 2022: SRJC's Job Developer, Ann Mansfield, joins Lauren and Drina in this month's episode and together they relish the robust opportunities offered by their departments.


July 2022: Drina and Lauren share about the government policy, Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP), which guides student's eligibility to receive financial aid. Give it a watch and use it to help you prepare for Fall 2022. The team in Student Financial Services is here all Summer long, ready to serve you in-person, by Zoom, by phone and email. See you soon!

June 2022: In this episode Lauren and Drina are joined by Veterans Affairs Coordinator, Farrel Dobbins. Farrel shares about her experience applying for and receiving financial aid and the pivotal role it played in her academic and professional career

May 2022: Lauren and Drina are joined by respected, colleague and Sawubona Center Coordinator, Regina Mahiri. They talk about the beautiful and newly opened Sawubona Center, Regina's empowering personal experience with financial aid and share the reminder that it's not too late to apply for financial aid. 

April 2022: In their first episode of "Conversations With", Drina and Lauren share their excitement for this new way of sharing with the community, while also sharing updates for students on what's happening in Financial aid.