Tools and Links
Below are various websites and resources that will help you with preparing for and applying to universities.
4-Year College Application Websites:
Cal States: http://www.csumentor.edu/AdmissionApp/
Common APP (privates): https://www.commonapp.org/CommonApp/how-apply
4-Year College Entrance Exams:
2-Year or Community College Application Websites:
Brag Sheet (for letters of recommendation) Senior Info Sheet:
Please remember that all recommendation letter requests must be submitted at least 2 weeks prior to the deadline.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a form that should be prepared annually by students to determine their eligibility for financial aid. Refer to the deadlines below, and please give yourself plenty of time to fill this out. Request a government PIN in December of Senior year.
Online applications must be submitted by midnight Central Time, June 30, 2016.
Any corrections or updates must be submitted by midnight Central Time, September 23, 2016.
California - For many state financial aid programs – March 2, 2016 by midnight, Central Time.
Cal Grant also requires submission of a certified transcript with GPA by March 2, 2016. Applicants are encouraged to obtain proof of mailing of their GPA and to retain a copy of their GPA form. For additional community college Cal Grants - September 2, 2016 by midnight, Central Time. If you are a non-citizen holding a Social Security card issued through Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or for some other work authorization, you should fill out the California Dream Act Application found at www.caldreamact.org. Do NOT fill out a FAFSA. Contact the California Student Aid Commission, www.csac.ca.gov, or your financial aid administrator for more information.
Check with the college(s) you are interested in attending. You may also want to ask your college about its definition of an application deadline - whether it is the date the college receives your FAFSA, or the date your FAFSA is processed.
CalGrant must be submitted before March 2. Please give yourself plenty of time to fill this out.
Taking College Courses in High School:
It is highly recommended that high school students take advantage of college course throughout their high school years. This is extremely helpful for several reasons:
- Shows colleges that you are serious, motivated, and willing to challenge yourself. Even better, it offers you an invaluable advance look at college academics and college life.
- Accumulate college credits during high school and spend less time on specific classes when you get to college/university
- Choose courses/subjects that interest you (with the approval of your counselor)
Whatever your reason, just be sure you have what it takes to do well. That means having the time and the commitment to attend, do the coursework, and manage the whole experience independently. Make sure you speak to your counselor before registering anywhere.
Your counselor will also know whether:
- You can take a college class instead of one of your required high school classes
- There are any requirements or restrictions you need to be aware of
- Which nearby colleges allow high school students to take classes and how to enroll
The following forms must be completed by the high school student and signed by a counselor prior to enrolling in any coursework. Please note that there are separate forms each community colleges (see below). Copies are also available in the counseling office.