U.S. CONGRESSMANALAN LOWENTHALServing California's 47th District

Education

Education

A student’s transition into higher education can be a daunting process. The government has a variety of resources available for parents and students alike. Here are a few of the most common questions my office receives about education:

How do I help my child prepare academically and/or financially for college?

You can help your child make informed decisions about his or her college education.

Read more helpful information to prepare your child for college.

There are many federal, state, and private educational savings programs. Educational IRA's, prepaid tuition plans, savings bonds and trust plans are just a few of the many ways to prepare for your child's educational expenses. In addition, legislation was recently passed for the 529 savings plan which is now available in all 50 states.

Find more information regarding these and other educational savings plans.


Where can I apply for financial aid?

In order for any student to receive federal financial aid, a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be completed.

Download a FAFSA form 


What happens if I default on my federal student loan?

It is extremely important not to default on any loan, and defaulting on a federal student loan will impact your credit history. Eventually, your wages may be garnished as a result of defaulting on a student loan.

However, if you feel you may have to default, or if you are already in default, you should contact your lending company for counseling.

Get more information on loan defaults.


What is a loan consolidation and am I eligible for one?

Consolidation loans allow you to combine different types of federal student loans to simplify repayment. Even if you have just one loan, you can also choose to consolidate it. Both the Federal Family Education Loans (FFEL) and Direct Loan Programs offer consolidation loans.

Learn more about loan consolidation.

If you would like my help with an education issue, please print out my Authorization Form and fax or mail it to my office.

Capitol Hill Office

Washington, DC
125 Cannon HOB
(House Office Building)
Washington, DC 20515

Phone: (202) 225-7924
Fax: (202) 225-7926

Hours: 9am - 6pm EST

District Office

Long Beach
100 W. Broadway
West Tower Suite 600
Long Beach, CA 90802

Phone: (562) 436-3828
Fax: (562) 437-6434

Hours: 9am - 5pm PST

Satellite Office Days and Hours

  • Cypress
    Cypress City Hall
    5275 Orange Ave
    Cypress, CA 90630

    By Appointment Only
    Call (562) 436-3828

  • Garden Grove
    Garden Grove City Hall
    11222 Acacia Pkwy
    (3rd Floor, Rm. 333)
    Garden Grove, CA 92840

    Hours: Wednesdays,
    2:00pm - 4:30pm

  • Westminster
    Westminster Community Services Building
    8200 Westminster Blvd
    Westminster, CA 92683

    Hours: Wednesdays,
    10:00am - 12:30pm

  • Stanton
    Stanton City Hall
    7800 Katella Ave
    Stanton, CA 90680

    By Appointment Only
    Call (562) 436-3828

Please address all mail or correspondence to the Long Beach or Washington, DC offices.