Applying for financial aid for college can be a scary and foreign experience, but Phillip Lew, author of the book, "Phillip Lew's College Planning System for Success," visited La Cañada to help families understand the process.
Lew hosted two workshops at the La Cañada Public Library on Sept. 21 and 22 to teach people how to get the most money possible for college, and to discover opportunities for aid they may not know exist.
The financial-aid process became Lew's passion when he was accepted into college but couldn't pay for it. He had been denied any monetary assistance after applying, even though he maintained a 4.4 grade-point average through high school and was being raised by a single mother who earned $50,000 a year to support both of her sons.
"I said to myself, 'Well, wait a second. If we don't qualify for financial aid, then who does?'" Lew said.