Helpful Links

Course Information:
A-G Course List - Check your high school's A-G approved course list.

Academic Planner- A helpful tool for students to keep track of their A-G requirements to make sure they stay on track to attend a four year university upon graduating high school.

Apply Now - Links to Admissions Applications:

California Colleges: Provides a detailed breakdown of the admission requirements to California public colleges as well as h​as an online tool to help match students with potentials schools.

CSUMentor: Provides students and families with information about the California State University system, as well as how to finance and apply to one of the many CSU campuses.

UC Applications: ​Link to the application ​for the UC System for both freshman and transfer applicants.

Pathway to UC: Information on the process of applying to the University of California System. (Spanish Version)

CCCApply: The go-to online resource for the California Community College System. Here you can apply for most Califronia Community Colleges.

The Common Application: The Common Application can be submitted to 488 Independent colleges and universities for both freshman and transfer applicants.

​Apply for Financial Aid:

FAFSA: The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, this is the application for federal financial aid and may also be used to apply for financial aid from your state or school.

CA Dream Application: The Federal application for financial aid for AB-540 or undocumented students.

Cal Grant: Information on Cal Grants, or financial awards that student recipients do not have to repay.

WebGrants4Students: After you've submitted your FAFSA or CA Dream Act, create an account to check the status of your Cal Grant Application.

Federal Student Aid: An overview of the various Federal student aid programs.

Santa Barbara Scholarship Foundation: Get information, requirements, and the application for a number of local scholarships in Santa Barbara County.

​FinAid: Detailed information on all you need to know about paying for college, such as scholarships, loans, financial aid application information, and more.

Fastweb: A database of information on over 1 million scholarships, internships and job opportunities for students.

ScholarShare: California's 529 college savings plan is designed to help families save for higher education expenses.

Blue + Gold Opportunity Program: Information on the opportunities for California residents whose family earns less than $80,000 and qualifies for financial aid.
 
Scholarship List from Hancock College: A helpful list of a number of non-institutional scholarships available to students.

​Register for the ACT or SAT:

College Board:
 SAT registration and preparation, school search, and helpful college planning information.

ACT
: ACT registration and preparation, helpful college planning tools.

 

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Senior Year Check-List

August/September

  • Make sure your fall and spring schedule of classes satisfy college/major admission requirements
  • Sign up for the ACT or SAT Reasoning test, along with any required SAT Subject Tests
  • Continue gathering college and financial aid information

October

  • Begin submitting applications for private sources of financial aid. Don’t miss out on all the great scholarships, it's FREE money!
  • Attend any College Fairs in your area
  • Make last minute visits to college campuses you're interested in
  • Start preparing for college application period. Gather all information required to ensure you don’t forget any necessary information (volunteer work, student awards, activities, clubs and organizations, etc.)

November

  • Apply for admission (Applications for UC and CSU are available November 1st – 30th for any other campus please check with that specific campus)
  • Apply for scholarships


December

  • Last month to take the SAT or ACT’s
  • Review the FAFSA with your family and begin completing it
  • Apply for a PIN # to use for your FAFSA
  • Apply for scholarships

January

  • Attend any Financial Aid Night and/or Cash for College event your school offers
  • Register to take AP exams
  • FAFSA available as of January 1st
  • Apply for scholarships

February

  • File your FAFSA by March 2nd
  • Complete your Cal Grant Verification form
  • Apply for scholarships


March

  • FAFSA due March 2nd
  • Continue applying for scholarships

April/May

  • Make revisions to FAFSA
  • Review your awards letters/financial package for each campus you have been accepted
  • Submit your SIR (students intent to register) before May 1st
  • Send thank your letters for any received scholarships and awards
  • Register for summer programs at your college campus
  • Sign up for your on-campus orientation