College & Career Bulletin

 COLLEGE/CAREER BULLETIN FOR SENIORS

FINANCIAL AID:

FAFSA application opens October 1, 2016.

Apply to see if you are eligible for free $$ and/or loans.

Step 1: Do this NOW!!

  • Create your FSA ID (electronic signature). Student and parent/guardian each needs to create one. Go to www.FAFSA.gov and click on the lock at the top of the page.

Step 2: Apply starting October 1, 2016

  • Go to www.FAFSA.gov and complete and submit. Print off a copy of your submission page.

Step 3: Attend CASH for College Night. Get help with your FAFSA Oct 6, 1-7 p.m. in the NAVI Lab

Step 4: Check your email for confirmation SAR (student aid report)

 

Scholarship searches

  • Humboldt Area Foundation,  (opens in February)
  • Free national scholarship searches

UC BOUND:

Ø Start on your application Personal Insight Questions now! Pick up a handout for tips.  

  • On the UC YouTube channel under the “Popular Uploads” category you can find in depth information and tips on answering the personal insight questions

Ø UC REPS VISIT: Thursday 9/22 - Santa Barbara; Wednesday 9/23 -Willamette. Both are 2nd period in the Lecture Hall

Ø Window to submit application: November 1 – November 30

Ø Students can start filling out the application online starting Aug. 1 at http://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/how-to-apply

  • The UC has its own YouTube channel for extensive information

Ø UC will waive application fees (for up to four campuses) for qualified students. The application for a fee waiver will appear if you indicate that you want to pay with a fee waiver at the end of the application. You have only one opportunity to submit your family’s annual income and the number of dependents so make sure you have the correct information.

Ø All “A-G” classes must be reported on the application (9th-12th), even D’s and F’s from classes that you have retaken or validated by taking a higher level course

Ø High school GPA will be calculated by the UC’s

Ø If you took an “A-G” math and/or language class in middle school and earned a “C” or better you need to self-report it on the application

Ø SAT/ACT Testing - make sure it is completed by December. Check to see if an SAT Subject test is required for some majors at the UC you want to apply to

Ø DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE TO SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION!!!!

CSU BOUND:

Ø Application deadline November 30

Ø Complete and submit application at "csumentor.edu" Print a copy for your records

Ø Registration deadline for December SAT/ACT Testing is November 3

Ø CSUs will waive application fees (for up to four campuses) for qualified students. Theapplication for a fee waiver will appear if you indicate that you want to pay with a fee waiver at the end of the application. You have only one opportunity to submit your family’s annual income and the number of dependents so make sure you have the correct information.

Ø If you have retaken a class you earned a D or F in, you do not have to include it on your application but rather the retaken class with the C- or better, unless you are retaking the class your senior year, and in that case you must include the D or F on your application

  •  High school GPA is calculated using only “A-G” approved courses taken after 9th grade, including summer coursework. If you earned a D or F then retook the class the new grade earned will be used in the GPA calculation. If you are retaking the class senior year the D or F you received in a preceding year will be used in your GPA calculation

Ø DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE TO SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION!!!!

Ø If applying to HSU – Sign up to attend Fall Admissions Day: Complete HSU and FAD application by October 16.

CCC BOUND/Trade and Technical Schools:

Ø Apply to Community Colleges in Spring at www.cccapply.org 

Ø Check out www.assist.org to find out about specific majors at campuses and transfer information

Ø Explore Trade and Technical schools on www.californiacolleges.edu  and www.humboldtnavigator.kuder.com 

Ø Begin taking English /Math Placement Practice Tests which can be found on the colleges’ websites

Ø Apply at a community college as your plan A or B. Application is free at community colleges.

 

JOB BOUND:

Ø Volunteer, so that you can build work experience

Ø Make a resume on www.humboldtnavigator.kuder.com 

Ø Check out www.thejobmarket.org and www.ibewlocal551.org 

UNDECIDED WHERE YOU ARE GOING NEXT?

Ø Set up a job shadow

Ø Explore careers and schools on www.californiacolleges.edu   www.humboldtnavigator.kuder.com and www.cappex.com

Ø Consider: Military, Job Corps, Internship, On the Job Training Apprenticeship www.ibewlocal551.org 

GENERAL INFORMATION

Ø Check out www.assist.org to find out about specific majors at different campuses and transfer information

Ø If you want to participate in athletics in college you should have already or need to immediately register with the NCAA at www.NCAAeligibiltycenter.org

Ø Private Colleges can be found at www.naicu.edu

Ø Colleges and employers will communicate with you through e-mail. Make sure you have a valid e-mail address and check regularly!!

Ø Miss a deadline you are out – no discussion!!

Ø Apply locally – you have the home court advantage!!

Ø Apply Early!!

Ø IF YOU HAVE ATTENDED ANOTHER HIGH SCHOOL OR COLLEGE, HAVE/ARE MAKING UP A “D” GRADE, OR ARE APPLYING FOR A FEE WAIVER PLEASE CHECK WITHCOUNSELING FOR TIPS ON HOW TO FILL OUT COLLEGE APPLICATIONS

 


 

 

                      
 
                                  
                                                         
                     Financial Aid News - 5th Edition - March 2015       
     
     
                                 
                                
     
           
                                 
       

Quick Links

               

What happens next!

               

Cash for College Regional Scholarship Information

               

FAFSA Application

       

Dream Act Application

               

CA Student Aid Commission

       

Cal Grants

       

Webgrants for Students

                       

Resources

       

FAFSA Tax Line         Changes

       

Financial Aid Toolkit

               

FAFSA and 

       

Dream Act Videos 

       

via YouTube:

       

FAFSA Overview

       

Types of Financial Aid

       

How to apply for a Pin

       

How to fill out the FAFSA

       

After the FAFSA

       

CA Dream Act Video

                       

Websites

       

Go! Beyond High School 

       

Decade of Difference

       

College Access Foundation 

                                                                                                       


         

               

  

                               
     
     
                                                       
                                           
                                  

Financial Aid Information for students:

         

Missed the March 2nd deadline? It's not too late to apply!

         
  • SUBMIT your FAFSA right away to be considered for federal aid, work study, Competitive Cal Grants and BOG fee waiver for CA community colleges, campus-based aid, and for certain scholarships.
  • CA Dream Act students cannot be considered for Cal Grants if submitting after March 2nd , but may be able to receive assistance in other programs.  Check with your college right away to find out that school's deadline.
                   

What happens next? (Click here for handout)

         

Review your SAR (Student Aid Report) and CAR (California Aid Report) very carefully for accuracy.

         

Make corrections on your FAFSA/CA DREAM ACT Application as soon as possible with finalized 2014 tax information (if you estimated based on 2013 info).

         
  • The IRS Data Retrieval Tool makes this easy for students who submitted a FAFSA
  • CA Dream Act applicants must enter updated info manually from 2014 tax return
  • Create your Web Grants Account: www.webgrants4students.org. Get online help with the financial aid process and manage your Cal Grant and/or Chafee  Grant (for foster youth) anytime... 24/7! View updates, make corrections, school and address changes & more!
  • Check your college portal frequently to see for important "to-do" messages and deadline info. Follow up immediately with any requests for additional documentation. 
                                       

FAFSA Completion Workshops: We continue to offer assistance at local high schools in March and April to provide additional opportunities for  seniors and their parents to get help filling out the FAFSA and CA           Dream Act applications. To schedule a workshop call Chérie Z. at 445-7007 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

                   

  North Coast College Access Scholarship 

         

The application is now out and available for students to complete.  Eligibility remains the same; offered to low income/first generation college bound seniors.  Several things are different this year.

         
  • It is completely an on-line process now.
  • Students can log in and save work to come back to it later
  • Attachments will need to be uploaded with the application.
                             

The attachments are:

         
  • A copy of the SAR
  • A copy of the high school transcript
  • A copy of the essay
                             

Award amounts have been adjusted down this year due to a decrease in funding and our desire to serve as many students as we can.

         
  • Students will receive $2,500 for attendance at a four year school
  • Students will receive $1,000 for attendance at a two year school
                   

Link to the application is at: http://www.humboldt.k12.ca.us/ or http://www.decadeofdifference.org/.

                   

Due date is April 7th.  As always if you have any questions, please feel free to call or write me.