College Aid – WASFO

West Angeles Sponsorship Foundation Organization

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The West Angeles Sponsorship Fund Organization, also known as “WASFO”, was created to develop and support our high school graduates by obtaining and distributing much-needed funds for college education. Since its creation in the academic year 1995-1996, WASFO has distributed over 200 sponsorships to qualified applicants that are active members of West Angeles. Our youth are some of the brightest in the country, and for this reason, we want to help them succeed in their pursuit of higher learning.*  Our goal at WASFO is to alleviate some of their financial pressures.


If you are a graduating high school or continuing college student and you are an active member of West Angeles Church, you may be eligible for sponsorship!  If you would like to apply for sponsorship, please download an application packet, including the Policy Statement flyer. Be sure to submit all required documents by the date requested.

To apply for sponsorship, please click the links below to download your application:




Do you want to be a part of our planning committee? Would you like to mentor sponsorship recipients or assist with events? We are currently looking for volunteers, and we would like you to get involved.

Sponsorship Applications Available

April: Sponsorship Drive
June: Sponsorship Awards Ceremony; Applications Due
Sept: Meeting with 12th Grade Students and Parents
October: Parent and Student Workshop


Every year West Angeles COGIC conducts a sponsorship drive to raise funds for our college students; however, tax-deductible donations are accepted on a continuous basis as well.

To give by check, please make checks payable to WASFO. Please send to:

West Angeles WASFO

3045 Crenshaw Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90016

Attention: WASFO Chairperson

To give to theWest Angeles Fund Organization online, please click the DONATE button below:

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For more information about the West Angeles Sponsorship Fund Organization (WASFO), please fill out the form at the bottom of the page, or please call us at:

(323) 733-8300 x2625.

Thank you in advance for your contributions, and for your support of the West Angeles Sponsorship Fund Organization.

WASFO - College Sponsorship Fund

*For help preparing for college and for additional financial aid info, please click HERE for more information on our Education Enrichment Program.

College Prep & Tutoring

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Education & Enrichment Ministry

Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it – Proverbs 22:6

The  West Angeles Education and Enrichment Ministry (EEM) provides various educational programs for our youth, adults, and surrounding communities. EEM empowers students by providing a raised standard of excellence and access to resources. These opportunities are equally spread throughout the entire congregation and their families.

Directed by Deacon John Wilson, the EEM Program is provided in accordance with the COGIC Urban Initiatives,  and the directives of our Pastor and Presiding Bishop, Charles E. Blake, Sr.

Our ministry accomplishes our mission through after-school studies, SAT prep courses, college admission and financial aid information, youth development rites of passage programs, and summer enrichment programs.


After-school Enrichment

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West Angeles’ After-school Enrichment Program offers focused study in all levels of Math, Science, History, and English, for grades 6-12. We teach concepts in small groups with enhanced one-on-one help as needed.

Students today are exposed to algebra concepts and formulas much earlier. Unfortunately, a large portion of students are failing their math classes due to unpreparedness.  Parents can bridge the gap in learning by becoming involved with their children in our math, science, and history enrichment classes.

Limited Enrollment! To enroll your child in our program, please download the registration package below and bring it into our office between the hours of 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday.

Also, if you are interested in a high quality and affordable one-on-one tutor in all levels of math from Pre-Algebra to Calculus, please call our Program’s Math Contractor, Cherylnn Pope, CYP Tutorial Services, at 323/733-8300.

SAT Program

EEM offers a low-cost SAT Prep Course as part of the Princeton Review TM / West Angeles Church enrichment partnership.  This prep course includes the course material, over 20 classroom hours, and two practice tests (evaluated by Princeton Review, America’s #1 Test Prep Provider).  For many students, this course will raise SAT scores significantly, making all the difference in college admissions.

For registration information, please CLICK HERE.

West Angeles College Readiness Program

The West Angeles College Readiness Program prepares parents and students for the college admissions process. In our weekend sessions, families get a chance to sit and speak with college admissions counselors. Information the counselors provide for students and their families include:

  • how to navigate the financial aid office
  • how find scholarships
  • how to complete college

Meeting application deadlines, writing essays, and visiting campuses can make the admissions process overwhelming, but the path to your child’s success doesn’t have to be. Choosing the right school is crucial to your child’s success. The family should be prepared for all the changes that come with this transition – both financially and academically.

Do you have a plan for your child after high school?  The West Angeles College Readiness Program helps you to be prepared.  CLICK HERE for more information.

Scholarship Giving

Our scholarship program, the West Angeles Sponsorship Fund Organization (WASFO), enables the congregation and the community to provide financial support to our West Angeles scholars as they make their way through college.

Each year, West Angeles has an annual sponsorship fund drive in which the congregation is asked to participate, but giving is welcome any time of the year!

To give to the West Angeles Sponsorship Fund Organization, Please CLICK HERE.


Calling all parents of high school students! You are encouraged to consider the West Angeles Education and Enrichment low-cost college prep program. Please take advantage of this special offer by planning ahead to save money. 

Please Note:  prices are significantly lower for the March, May, and December test preps, due to demand. 

All fees provided are donations to provide for the financial support of the West Angeles Church Education and Enrichment Ministry. There are no refunds after the Mandatory Orientation Session.

To register:

Please contact The Education & Enrichment Ministry at 323-733-8300 ext. 2629, or please CLICK HERE for more information.

Our address:

West Angeles Church Youth Center

3010 Crenshaw Boulevard (Corner of 30th and Crenshaw)

Los Angeles, CA 90016


Click Here To Download After School Enriched Studies Program Registration Package

For more information on West Angeles’ College Prep or Tutoring Services, please fill out the form below:

WANT MORE COLLEGE PREP INFO? Read great tips on financial aid, college prep, education enrichment and more, by our Education & Enrichment Director, Deacon John Wilson, below:

For more information about the West Angeles Sponsorship Program (WASFO), please click HERE


Education and Enrichment: What Will We Pay for College in 2017?

In the latest installment from our Education and Enrichment Ministry, Deacon John Wilson takes a realistic look at Fall 2017 college costs for your and your family.

Rising Education Costs: What Will We Pay for College?

Rising Education Costs: What Will We Pay for College in 2017?

Now that you have filed your youth’s FAFSA for Fall 2017-Spring 2018, you’re now anxiously waiting to hear what financial aid offers your youth will receive. There are some very accurate generalities you can make, however, about what you will pay for College for Fall 2017. This is based on taking a closer look at certain colleges’ known financial aid policies, and 10 years of our financial aid experience.

NOTE: These costs are estimated, but the amounts will be close enough to give you a general understanding of the “out-of-pocket” cost of college before you get the financial aid awards from colleges in late March thru April 2017:

  1. California State University (CSU) – Generally, parents who make more than $60,000 will pay $12,000 to $17,500 per year for their youth to be ON CAMPUS at CSU. As you will see, this is WAY BELOW the cost of nearly all private colleges. The $5,500 cost variation for CSU is due to the wide variations in on-campus costs among CSUs and the family’s number of dependents (2-4). In contrast, it’s only about $1,200 to $1,500 per year to commute to a “local” CSU if your youth takes the Direct Student Loan of $5,500 for the first year.
  2. University of California (UC) – Generally, parents who make between $60,000 and $90,000 and have up to 4 dependents on their 2015 tax return will pay $6,000 to $14,000 per year for UC, unless a merit reward is received.  As we move above the $100,000 family income level, UC gets closer and closer to the $18,000 to $24,000 net direct (out of pocket) cost per year (NOTE: When the family income is below $45,000 and up to $54,00, families will pay $0 to $6,000 for CSU or UC out of pocket).  
  3. Private Colleges – The cost here really depends on which private college your youth attends. Those which are the most well-known and popular with parents and youth (including Private Black Colleges – also called “HBCUs”), will cost $23,000 to $55,000 per year for families making more than $70,000 per year.  Even families making under $40,000 could expect to pay $12,0000 to $20,000 per year. This could be lowered by Merit Awards about $10,000 per year if your youth meets the university’s merit levels for GPA and SAT.

In conclusion, if:

  • your youth has a 3.0 unweighted GPA, and his or her SAT Scores are 1020 and above,
  • you and your youth are willing to look at other schools that are less expensive than the schools mentioned above and
  • you are great at helping to prepare youth for a great future and career –

then call us today at the West Angeles Education and Enrichment Program for more information: 323-733-8300 ext. 2629.

Deacon John Wilson is Director of West Angeles Church of God In Christ’s Education and Enrichment Ministry (EEM). EEM is provided in accordance with the Urban Initiatives of the Church Of God In Christ (COGIC) International, through the leadership of Presiding Bishop, Charles E. Blake, Sr. To find out more about the various programs and services provided, please click HERE.

Hear what parents have to say about the West Angeles Education & Enrichment Ministry in the testimonial video below –

Education Enrichment: 3 Important Financial Aid Questions to Ask Now

Most people believe that the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the most important part of the financial aid process. This prompts many to mistakenly ask, “How much will I get from FAFSA”? Many people also believe that the Federal Government provides the financial aid award.

Attention Class of 2017 Parents!

Indeed, without the timely submission of a FAFSA, there will be no financial aid. However, there are three other elements of the application process which are of the utmost importance in determining the financial aid your student receives.

Here are 3 important questions to ask during the financial aid application process:

Please click the image to enlarge or download the Student Aid Report infographic.

Please click the image to enlarge or download the Student Aid Report infographic.

  1. What is the most important document in the Financial Aid application process? The document that is the most essential is the Student Aid Report (SAR). The SAR is formed from the FAFSA, by the US Department of Education.

The most important number on the SAR is the Expected Family Contribution (or EFC), which is found at the top of the SAR. This EFC is the number (in dollars) that is the Department of Education’s estimate of what parents are expected to pay for college. In reality, however, it will NOT BE. Most colleges and universities in NO WAY rely on the EFC to determine what parents will pay. They do use the EFC to determine how much need-based Federal and State Aid that will be received.

In that way, the EFC is most important for lower income families (with incomes below approximately $46,000 per year). However, the EFC is irrelevant for most families whose students are NOT Pell Grant eligible.


  1. How do colleges and universities determine if they will award additional grants and scholarships if they are not looking at the EFC? The determination is made according to the laws of the state (in the case of state aid) and by the financial aid rules or policies of private colleges and universities. Incidentally, a University’s upper management, not its financial aid director, sets the policies that determine how institutional awards are given out to families. This is the reason why appeals for more financial aid are only actionable by the Financial Aid Office if something is wrong on the original SAR.

For example, in California, major grants such as university grants and Cal Grants are quite need-based, and are not available in a significant way above income levels of $55,000 for Cal State University and $75,000 for University of California. Other out-of-state public colleges and universities do have aid which meets all or most of the family’s unmet need based on the EFC, but most do not.


  1. Where else can significant college institutional funding come from? The answer? The student’s unweighted GPA and SAT/ACT scores, which brings us back to an important truth: because the EFC indicates to the college that they cannot award Federal or State Aid to a student –

Students must earn institutional (college or university) grants and scholarships to help their parents pay for college.

The EFC on the SAR should be read and known, but may not be truly relevant. Because of this, in the meetings and sessions of our program at West Angeles Church, we are helping our parents to determine what college will cost, before and after the financial award is generated. This is an important step in choosing and affordable college.

Feel free to join us in these sessions!

Please call the West Angeles Education Enrichment Program at West Angeles Church of God In Christ for more information. 323-733-8300 ext. 2629.

Deacon John Wilson is Director of West Angeles Church of God In Christ’s Education and Enrichment Ministry (EEM). EEM is provided in accordance with the Urban Initiatives of the Church Of God In Christ (COGIC) International, through the leadership of Presiding Bishop, Charles E. Blake, Sr. To find out more about the various programs and services provided, please click HERE. 

Education & Enrichment Testimonials from West Angeles COGIC on Vimeo.

Our thanks to Discover Student Loans for use of the cool infographic. West Angeles Church of God In Christ is not an agent of Discover Student Loans; nor is the use of this infographic an endorsement of Discover Student Loans.

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