Chanelle Sadler

Chanelle Sadler, a native of Sausalito, California, first heard about the availability of financial aid for college when she was talking with her friends about going back to school.

“I did not have the money for tuition, let alone the books that I needed,” Chanelle said. “My friend said that I should apply for financial aid, and find out if I qualify for assistance.”

Chanelle did apply, and it lead to her receiving a Pell Grant, which paid for her books, and the Board of Governors (BOG) Fee Waiver, which covered her tuition.

“Financial aid has helped me tremendously,” Chanelle said.  “I would not have been able to fix my car to get to my classes and drop off my children at daycare without the assistance.  Also, there were times when I needed help paying rent, and I had my financial aid as a back-up fund to get me through a couple of months.”

Chanelle is currently a communications major at Folsom Lake College, and she plans to transfer to the University of California, Davis, to pursue her bachelor’s degree.  Eventually, she hopes to get her master’s degree – and maybe even a PhD, though she’s not sure in what subject.     

She also works in the Financial Aid Office at Folsom Lake College, as a student clerk, where she helps her fellow students get the information they need about applying for financial aid. 

“The best advice I could give someone is to find what your initial goal is, and then speak about it as if it were reality,” Chanelle said.  “By doing this, you are painting a picture for yourself, and the more you speak about it the more you will believe it.  Before you know it, you will be living your dream!”

Chanelle encourages everyone to apply for financial aid if you’re planning to attend a community college – even if you think you might not qualify.

“I have met a ton of students that thought they did not qualify – and, they did,” Chanelle said. “My motto is: Don't pass a closed door because you are not sure if you can walk through it; pass a closed door because you tried to open it!”