College Planning for Juniors

Presented by:
Carol Curinga and
Cara Leppington
Student Tips
 Update
your Naviance account.
 Attend
college visits.
 Attend
CSU and UC workshops
 When
applying, remember to apply to at least one
school that you have a strong likelihood of being
admitted to (a “safety” school).
Student Tips
 Have
a “professional” e-mail address and check
messages regularly.
 If
mailing, send important applications and forms
with a Certificate of Mailing only from the US Post
 Save
hard copies of everything. Start a filing
 Stay
on track with due dates for college,
scholarships, financial aid, and housing
Admissions Testing
& SAT – completed by December.
 Send
individual scores to all schools that require
admissions testing.
 Community
College assessments/placements
The College Application Process
California Community Colleges
 Time
to Apply: February-March for best course
 Fee to apply: None
 Testing is not required for admission
 Placement tests in Math and English; required after
 No letters of recommendation or personal statements
are needed
 Must be 18 or have a high school diploma to enroll
 Register for Sacramento City College in February of
Senior year. Attend Senior Saturday event in spring
The College Application Process
California State University
 Attend
CSU Workshop on October 3.
 Time to Apply: October 1- November 30
 Fee: $55 per campus to which you apply
 Testing required: SAT or ACT
 Students must satisfy a-g course requirements
 Minimum GPA to apply: 2.0
 Students must meet a minimum eligibility index based
on GPA and SAT/ACT scores
 No essays or letters of recommendation are accepted
The College Application Process
University of California
 Attend
CSU Workshop on October 10.
 Time to Apply: November 1-30 only
 Fee: $70 per campus to which you apply
 Testing required: SAT or ACT with writing
 Students must satisfy a-g course requirements
 Minimum GPA to apply: 3.0
 Students must meet a minimum eligibility index based
on GPA and SAT/ACT scores
 Essays (personal statements) are required
 No letters of recommendation accepted
The College Application Process
Private and Out of State
Public Colleges and Universities
 Time
to Apply: varies
 Fee to apply: varies
 Where to get application: check each university’s
 Common Application is available at
 Testing required: Usually SAT or ACT, possibly
two SAT Subject tests- check with the university.
 Letters of recommendation and essays: vary
The College Application Process
Letters of Recommendation
 Ask
two teachers to write a letter of
recommendation for you, if required.
 Download
the letter of recommendation packet
online on Naviance. Provides assistance with
common application.
 Complete
the packet and turn it in to teachers and
your counselor by November 5 or 3 school weeks
prior to the first due date.
 Your
counselor will complete the school report in
common application.
The College Application Process
Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)
 The WUE
is a program of the Western Interstate
Commission for Higher Education (WICHE).
Student who are residents of WICHE states may
enroll in participating two and four year college
programs outside of their home state at a reduced
tuition rate.
Fee Waivers for Testing and
College Applications
 Apply
for the Free/Reduced National Lunch Program:
 Eligibility may qualify for testing waivers.
 Students in foster home placements may also qualify.
 You
may apply for a application fee waiver to UC and
CSU campuses when you apply online. College Board
has a waiver to use with private colleges. See your
Scholarships and Financial Aid
 Financial
Aid Workshop for seniors TBA.
 The
Free Application for Federal Student Aid
(FASFA) is available in December.
 When to apply: January 1-March 2.
 Completing the FASFA online is the best method:
offers an Expected Family
Contribution Calculator to estimate how much the
student’s family will be expected to contribute.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
Ask private colleges for specific financial aid and
scholarship information.
Check the Davis Joint Unified local scholarships on
Check the financial aid website of each individual
Check out for additional
Some private colleges require the CSS Profile
Important Events
Early Decision Workshop for students– September 23 @
lunch in the Student Lounge
“What Colleges May Not Tell You – And You Really Need to
Know” seminar September 25 @ 7:30 – 9:00pm DHS Library
CSU Workshop – October 3 @ 7pm DHS IPAB
UC Workshop – October 10 @ 7pm DHS IPAB
Financial Aid Workshop – TBA
Counselor contact info:
Cara Leppington A-M [email protected]
Carol Curinga N-Z [email protected]

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