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College 101

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Transcript of College 101

Why Should I Go To College?
5 Systems of Higher Education
California Community College (CCC)

California State University (CSU)

University of California (UC)

Private/Independent Colleges & Universities

Career & Technical Education
California Community Colleges
(CCC)
109 two-year institutions
Prepares for Technical or vocational education certificates
Associate degrees (AA/AS)
Transfer to a 4-year college university

Costs / Fees
$46 per unit

Requirements
No subject requirements
18 years of age
If under 18: can for free (if enrolled in High School)
High school diploma or
High school equivalency (GED)

California State Universities (CSU)
23 four-year institutions

4 year programs
Degrees:
Bachelors of Arts/Science (BA/BS), Masters, Teaching & other credentials
Upper 33% of California high school graduates

Cost & Fees:
Approximately $17,722 / year

Requirements:
Minimum 2.0 GPA
A-G Requirements
Grades of “C” or better
SAT Reasoning or ACT exam

University of California
(UC)
10 campuses that offer a broad range of four-year programs

9 campuses open to undergraduate and transfer students

4 year programs
Degrees: Bachelors of Arts / Science, Masters, Doctorates & credentials

Accepts top 12.5% of California high school students

Costs / Fees:
$23,980 / year


Requirements:
Minimum 3.0 GPA
A-G subject requirements
Grades of C or better
SAT Reasoning or ACT exam
2 SAT Subject Exams
Honors & awards
Extracurricular activities
Personal statement

Private/Independent Colleges & Universities
75+ Campuses

2 year and 4 year programs
Associate and Bachelors of Arts / Science
Master and Doctorate degrees

Costs / Fees
~ $14,000-$50,000 / year

Requirements:
A-G requirements (check the individual school requirements)
SAT Reasoning or ACT and may require the 2 SAT Subject Tests
Most schools have requirements very similar to that of the UC system

College 101
“Shoot for the moon! Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars…”
How Do I Become Eligible
for UC Admissions ?
Taking The Right Classes: A-G Requirements
A:
History / Social Sciences:
2 Years Required

B:
English:
4 years required

C:
Mathematics:
3 years required / 4 recommended

D:
Laboratory Science:
2 years required / 3 recommended

E:
Language Other than English:
2 years required / 3 years
recommended

F:
Visual and Performing Arts:
1 year required (Same year-long
course)

G:
College Preparatory Electives:
1 year required
Subject requirements for admission to the University of California or the California State University as a freshman

Each high school has its own University of California A-G certified course list

The student must complete the required courses with a "C" grade or higher

A competitive applicant does not simply stop at the minimum amount of courses

A-G requirements are different than high school graduation requirements

Why the A – G Requirements?
Testing Requirements
Most 4-year colleges and universities require students to take college entrance examinations as a part of the admissions process.
The two most widely accepted are the SAT and ACT.

It is important to check with the college to which you are applying to determine which one your school of choice prefers.
The UC system, along with most private schools, will require students to submit SAT Subject exams. (UC requires 2 SAT Subject exams)
Personal Achievement
The university wants to enroll students who are active and successful outside of the classroom.

Honors and awards
Leadership and initiative
Active, long-term participation in sports, clubs, community organizations, volunteer organizations, internships, cultural organizations, and creative/artistic endeavors
Personal experiences

Get Involved!!!
Examples:
Campus clubs and organizations
leadership positions
sports
Volunteering
church
hospital
YMCA
government offices
Tutoring
Part-time job

UC Personal Statement
Two essay questions, 1000 word total
(one no less than 250 words, no more than 750)

Describe the world you come from—for example, your family,
community or school-and tell us how your world has shaped your
dreams and aspirations

Tell us about a personal quality, talent, accomplishment, contribution
or experience that is important to you. What about this quality or
accomplishment makes you proud and how does it relate to the person
you are?

Types of Financial Aid
Grants:
Free money (state, federal, institutional)

Loans (Student or Parent):
Money you have to pay back

Work Study:
Federal program that allows you to earn money while in school

Scholarships:
Free money
Types of Grants
Federal Pell Grant
—Max $4,050 x 5yrs
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
(FSEOG)—
Varies by need and institution.
Cal Grants

A
--Max $9708 X 4 years

B
--Max $1410 1st year and $1410 + Tuition X 3 years

C
--Max $2500 (Vocational schools)
Cal Grants
For California residents attending a California college

Cal Grant “A”
Entitlement Awards are for students from low to middle income families with: a minimum GPA of at least 3.0 (using grades from sophomore and junior years in high school), family income and assets below the state ceilings and demonstrated financial need at his/her college.


Cal Grant “B”
Entitlement Awards are for students from disadvantaged or low income families with: a minimum GPA of at least 2.0, family income and assets below the state ceilings and demonstrated financial need at his/her college.


Cal Grant “C”
Awards are for students pursuing a vocationally oriented program of study.
GPA Verification Form must be certified by high school & sent to California Student Aid Commission by March 2nd
Basic Eligibility for Cal Grants

be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen

be a California resident, attending a CA college

have a minimum GPA level

demonstrate financial need

Scholarships
FREE MONEY!!!
GPA
Talents and abilities
Academic/Career interest
Extracurricular activities
Community service

Scholarship Searches
“Billions of Dollars Unclaimed . . .”
Several warning signs of a possible
scam
Guaranteed winnings
‘Free seminars’ on financial aid
1-900 telephone numbers

CAUTION:

As a general rule, if you must pay money to get money, it might be a scam.

Work-Study
Job opportunity to earn money while in school
Amount awarded depends on financial need.
Jobs are usually very flexible

Money, Money, Money...
Loans
Subsidized Stafford Loan
Unsubsidized Stafford Loan
PLUS Loans
Alternative Loans

Warning:

You have to pay this money back
Basic Equation of Need
Cost of Attendance (COA)
Expected Family Contribution (EFC)
Student’s Financial Need (eligibility)

Special Circumstances
Financial aid administrators may make
adjustments to a student’s FAFSA information on a
case-by-case basis
Special circumstances may include:
Dependency status
Income and assets
Child support
Number in household or college
Medical/dental expenses
Private elementary/secondary tuition
If case applies contact the financial aid office at the desired institution

Colleges on the Web
California Community Colleges
www.californiacolleges.edu

California State University
www.csumentor.edu

University of California
www.universityofcalifornia.edu/pathways

CA Independent Colleges & Universities
www.aiccu.edu

Private Universities
www.commonapp.org

Where on the Web
SAT
www.collegeboard.com

ACT
www.actstudent.org

High School Course List
www.ucop.edu/doorways

Financial Aid & Scholarships

www.fafsa.ed.gov
www.latinocollegedollars.org
www.fastweb.com
www.scholarships.com
www.maldef.org

Important dates: (senior year)
November:
UC/CSU Applications
(online: UC Pathways, CSU Mentor)

Jan. - March 2:
FAFSA / GPA verification form
(online: FAFSA form)

March - April:
University admission
notices sent to students

May 1:
Intent to register due
Career & Technical Education
A technical education refers to post-secondary vocational school that trains students in a variety of skills, especially in the manual trades, health care, beauty, culinary arts, and computer technology.
Every school has
different requirements
and are
different prices

The schools train you to do "one" trade, such as X-Ray technician.

You earn a certificate not a degree.

Credits are not transferable to a 4 year college.
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