Preparing Your Student for
College Admissions

Preparing Your Student for College Admissions

Why College?

  • A high school diploma is no longer enough
  • Higher income
  • Better working conditions
  • Increase life opportunities
  • Gain knowledge
  • Make yourself & family proud
  • Help your community
  • Better quality of life


College Admissions


9th Grade
•Plan Out 4 Year Class Schedule
•Explore Extracurricular Involvement

10th Grade
•Grades Matter!
•Continue Involvement
•Prepare for ACT and/or SAT
•Explore Campuses

11th Grade
•Take on Academic Challenges
•Pursue Leadership Opportunities
•Take Exams
•Tour Campuses

12th Grade
•Apply to College
•Continue to Succeed
•Meet Provisions of Admission
•File FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
•Apply for Scholarships College!
6seriesA11th Grade
•Take on Academic Challenges
•Pursue Leadership Opportunities
•Take Exams
•Tour Campuses Test taking tips:
•Take practice tests early to know where you may need help
•Take exams: ACT and/or SAT
Academic Challenges:
•Rigor of course schedule
•College Courses

7seriesA12th Grade

•UC Application Fall filing period: November 1–30
•File FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) starting October 1
•Admissions notifications (posted online): March 1-30 (UC)
•Students must opt-in to wait lists
•Submit Statement of Intent to Register (SIR): by May 1
•Official high school and college records due: by July 15
•Apply to College!
•Continue to Succeed
•Meet Provisions of Admission
•Apply for ScholarshipsTypes of Institutions Community College (2 years)

8seriesA•Associate’s Degree University (4 years)
•Associate’s•Bachelor’s Degree: Graduate or Professional School (2-6 years)
•Doctorate Proprietary Schools (6 months – 4 yrs)

College: Choosing the Right One

Things to Consider:

  • Majors
  • Cost (with financial aid)
  • Public or private
  • Location
  • Size
  • Campus Life
  • College visits & campus tours

College Applications

  • Applications may require:
    • Transcripts
    • Personal statements
    • Letters of recommendation
    • Standardized test scores
    • Financial aid applications
    • Application fees
    • Waivers may be available

Personal Statements

  • Their opportunity to shine!
  • Chance to supplement application
  • Explain challenging circumstances
  • Talk about passions, special talents & experiences
  • Must have plenty of time to:
  • Brainstorm, draft, peer review, revise & finalize

How can Parents Help?

  • Check in regularly about extracurricular commitments
  • Establish relationships with college access programs
  • Ask your student if they have created a resume
  • Take student on college tours
  • Help them keep track of deadlines
  • Talk to admission counselors

The Cost of College



College Debt

Expect to work and borrow
• Every undergraduate seeking financial aid at UC will be expected to work (less than half-time) and to borrow a “manageable amount” of student loans
• It is no longer practical to “work one’s way through college”
• Finishing in four years saves money


Types of Financial Aid

• Grants
• Scholarships
• Work-study
• Loans

FAFSA & Dream Act
• Documented AND Undocumented students in California now qualify for free public aid
• Documented Students:
PELL Grant (Federal) & Cal Grant (State)
• Undocumented:
Cal Grant (State)

Applying for Financial Aid

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) & CA Dream Application

Application Process:
1. Complete the FAFSA or Dream Application online
2. Apply soon after Oct 1 of Senior Year
3. Wait for your Student Aid Report (SAR)

  • Expected Family Contribution (EFC)

4. Receive financial aid packages from colleges or

Applying for Financial Aid

– Get a head start on the FAFSA application!
– Check out your financial aid eligibility before 12th grade at:

CSS/Financial Aid Profile
• Online application used by select universities in addition to FAFSA
• $25 initial fee, extra costs per university:

Financial Aid for Undocumented Students-AB131
• AB131: Authorizes AB540 students to apply for state aid:
– Board of Governor’s Fee Waiver
– Cal Grants
• Effective January 1, 2013Financial Aid for Undocumented Students–AB130

AB130: Authorizes AB540 students to apply for privately funded scholarships given out by a CA public college/university.
Effective January 1, 2012
-Be classified as AB540
-Scholarships’ requirements will be implemented by each campus.Financial Aid for Undocumented Students
• Not eligible for FAFSA
• Eligible for CA Dream Act
• AB130
• Private Universities
• Private Scholarships

Grade Point Average
• Maintain Good Grades
– 3.0 – 3.5 GPA (Good)
– 3.6 – 4.0 GPA (Great)
• Why?
– For Financial Aid
• Cal Grant /Scholarships
– Increase college choices
Good Grades

How can parents help?

Make sure students:
– Are aware of types and sources of financial aid
– Get help from their school to fill out the FAFSA
– Submit the FAFSA as early as possible (if eligible)
– Do your Taxes early!!
– Check the SAR for accuracy
– Meet state deadlines for financial aid
– Communicate with their institution’s office of financial aidApplying for ScholarshipsWhat is a scholarship?
• Free money to help you pay for college
• Based on:
– Financial need
– Merit
– Special Talents
– Experiences, etc.
• Never pay to access scholarship information!