Welcome to your Bay Area Resource Hub!

Explore this site to access Bay Area-specific resources to help you along your college and career journey. This hub serves the nine Bay Area counties (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, Sonoma) as well as Sacramento, San Joaquin, and Tulare. Here you will find information about:

  • Financing College and Life
  • Basic Needs, Food, and Housing
  • Physical and Mental Health & Wellness
  • Career Exploration, Planning & Opportunities
  • Bay Area Organizations Working for You!

This page is in partnership with the Northern California College Promise Coalition (NCCPC) and our members. NCCPC is a regional effort to bring together leaders, practitioners and resources and share leadership over the shape of college success efforts in the region. We believe that, Together, we can change the trajectory for thousands of Northern California students.

For new information and resources, follow @norcalcoalition on Twitter and @norcalpromisecoalition on Instagram! DM our team if you have a specific question or an idea to talk about! Have tips, tricks, or resources that you want to share with other Bay Area students? Email us at hello@letsgotocollegeca.org so we can share it!

Updates were recently published on: March 25, 2022

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Find colleges in California and across the country based on what is important to you. Search using filters like:

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Resources for Students

BAY AREA ORGANIZATIONS

Did you know that there are resources near you to help you get into college, pay for it, and support you through graduation? Connect to a Scholarship and/or College Access/Promise Program in your area!

Stay tuned as we add more links to explore local scholarships and programs!

COLLEGE AFFORDABILITY

College Affordability – If you are looking to explore more about college affordability, DecideED is the best way to navigate college costs and financial aid packages so that you can decide where to go to college.

Financing College – Learn more about what it takes to apply for and receive financial aid like grants, scholarships, work-study, and loans.

Local and Regional Scholarships – Explore programs in your city or county to get critical resources like scholarships, mentorship, academic support, and more. NCCPC members and other local programs are here to support you!

Financial Aid FAQs – Have a question? See if we have an answer! We’ve collected frequently asked questions about topics like work-study, loans, scholarships, and eligibility guidelines. 

FOOD & HOUSING

Housing & Rent – When you go to college, you will still need a roof over your head. Learn about the different housing options and resources available to you.

HEALTH & WELLNESS

In general, for a healthy lifestyle, it is important to take care of yourself. Taking care of yourself is the best way to prepare yourself for the days ahead. Although it is hard to prioritize your health, it is the best way you can be a successful healthy student, and your health comes before any other obligations. Your health is something that shouldn’t be put at risk.

There are many ways to take care of yourself, explore the importance of Sleep, Nutrition, Dental and Physical Health, Mental Health, and the value of Meditation and Affirmations

CAREER EXPLORATION, PLANNING & OPPORTUNITIES

Life After College – If you are looking for guidance for your growing responsibilities, and trying to prepare for life after college, check out the following resources. These tools will help you gain the skills and preparation it takes to feel confident with your finances through budgeting, saving, investing, understanding taxes, and more.

Career Exploration – Explore careers in business, tech, retail, and fashion design with Gap Inc. and the Golden State Warriors on NCCPC’s YouTube channel.

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