Financial Aid $$$
Students and their families have the primary responsibility to pay for post-secondary education expenses. Financial aid includes grants, scholarships, work study, and loans.
Key steps to maximize your student financial aid:
Please Note: Financial Aid and/or scholarship deadlines vary from college to college. Make sure you check your college web sites to verify this information.
Make sure you apply for financial aid before you are accepted to a college. Otherwise, you may miss out on grants, scholarships, and other free money.
Many colleges award financial aid to students on a “first come, first served” basis. The sooner you submit your application, the better chance of receiving aid.
How to Apply to College
All UCs – Personal statements required
ALL CSUs – No personal statements required
Common Application – A single application that is used by many different colleges. Check to see if your colleges utilize this application. Essays are required for most schools. Require counselor letters of recommendation.
Individual Colleges – Many schools utilize their own application or may require supplements if utilizing the Common Application. Verify the required materials by checking each school’s web site.
Early Action and Decision Applications – Some schools offer special application conditions.
Early Decision – If admitted, the student MUST attend that school. Students must be sure about this choice because this commitment is binding.
Early Action – If admitted, the student can still continue applying to other colleges; they do not have to commit until the final decisions.
Essays – Most colleges require a personal statement/essay. The essay prompts vary from school to school. The intent is for the school to learn more about “YOU”.
TIP – Stick to the topic and make it personal.
Extracurricular Activities and Community Service: Include details of any extracurricular activities and community service. Activities should be listed in order of importance to you.
Honors and Awards: List any awards (academic, sports, etc.) and any organization officer positions you have held. Make sure you provide a brief description of the organization and do not abbreviate the name.
Summer/Work Experience: Summer/work experience includes jobs and internships (paid and volunteer). Briefly describe your job responsibilities.
Official or unofficial transcripts must be requested in person by student to Yolanda Ibarra in the front office. Know what type of transcript you school is asking for. There may be a 3 day turnaround time. Plan accordingly.
FHS does not send your scores to colleges. You are responsible for going online to ACT.org or SAT.org and having an official copy of your scores sent directly to your schools. Most schools will accept either test and will routinely use your highest scores (If you have taken the test multiple times) for your application.
UC/CSU – If applying to more than one UC campus, you can have your
SAT/ACT scores sent to just one UC location and all of the other UC campuses will receive them. For CSUs, use the California State University Mentor Code for all campuses to receive SAT scores. ACT scores can be sent to one CSU campus and then you must use ACT Scores Manager on CSU Mentor to allow other campuses to access the scores.
Some schools require or offer interviews.
Portfolios/Auditions may be required for visual and performing art majors. Check the school for submission instructions.
Generally, schools require 1-2 teacher recommendations. Make sure you ask your teachers for a recommendation letter in person. This shows respect and appreciation for their personal efforts on your behalf. Allow 2-3 weeks for recommendations to be complete. Note that CSUs and UCs do NOT require nor will they accept any letters of recommendation.
UC/CSU applications are due by November 30th
All other application deadlines vary from school to school. Make sure you follow all of the requirements for you specific schools.
Admission notifications are sent by March 1.
The national day for declaring your college of attendance is May 1st.
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Community College – The four closest community colleges
College of the Canyon
Students should meet with Susie Orozco to begin the process. Representatives from the colleges will be here throughout the year to help with this process. Read the bulletin daily to see when this will be.