Now, that you’ve chosen your college your next step is planning! Will you be dorming on campus or live at home? What meal option will you choose? These are new and sometimes confusing choices to make. Sometimes, your financial aid may not cover these costs. Be sure you know how much this will all cost, so you know how to budget. Each campus has its own system with unique options and prices. Make sure you know before you go.
To learn more about housing and meal options when comparing schools, download this guide Housing and Meals Explained. Guide provided by DecidED
Scholarships = free money! There are several scholarships to choose from: local, state, or nationwide scholarships. It is important to ensure that you are applying for all the scholarships available to you. Scholarships are a great way to pay for your turion or tuition related expenses. Books, technology, and even doing laundry on campus can get expensive. You should never pay for scholarship opportunities, be careful that you are not being scammed.
To learn more about scholarships and get access to scholarship opportunities, download this guide You Need to Know About Scholarships. Guide provided by DecidED
When choosing what college to attend, one of the most important components to consider is the campus’s diversity. Not only in terms of race or ethnicity of the student population but also considering how diverse the campus is in terms of cultural background, geographic location, sexual orientations, gender identities, and abilities. These components tend to get overlooked because we are caught up in the beauty of the campus or its reputation.
Diversity is crucial. You must be able to relate to your peers and feel comfortable knowing that your values align with the campus you will earn your degree in.
To learn more about why and how to consider diversity when comparing schools, download this guide Diversity. Guide provided by DecidED
What are you looking for in a campus? A big or small school? A public or a private school? A school that is located near parks, beaches, or the city? These are all important considerations to make as you narrow down your college choices.
You want to ensure that you are making the decision that feels right for you!
To learn tips on why and how to consider the campus environment when comparing schools, download this guide Campus Environment. Guide provided by DecidED
Welcome to Community College! Community college is a great option for students who are looking to save money, want to explore different career options, hoping to raise their GPA to transfer, etc. In addition, community colleges offer affordable summer and winter courses that can help you speed up your GE requirements if you already attend a UC or CSU! In California, there are over 116 community colleges you can apply to.
According to the CCC Chancellor’s office:
- Nearly half of students earning a bachelor’s degree from a University of California campus in science, technology, engineering and mathematics transferred from a California community college.
- Twenty-nine percent of University of California graduates and 51% of California State University graduates started at a community college.
- Students earning a degree or certificate from a California community college nearly double their earnings within three years.
If these stats are something that you want to be a part of, great, keep following along!
How to Apply
- The first thing you want to do when applying to community college is visit https://www.cccapply.org/en/apply. This helpful source lets you easily go down the list of 116 community colleges in California.
- After selecting the college that interests you the most, (visit our college list if you’re still searching for your just right college), you will be redirected to the college’s personal application.
- While every application is different, a majority of applications will consist of:
- Your Full Name
- Mailing Address
- Social Security (SSN)
- Driver’s License Number
- High School Transcripts
- Latest English and Math Classes Completed
- After the application is finished, you then complete your FAFSA or Dream Act Application and connect the school you are applying to using their school code.
- U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or eligible non-citizens with a valid Social Security number
- California AB540 eligible students
If you need support applying for FAFSA, find our guide here
- After finishing your application, your college will most likely request for you to attend orientation, take a math/ english placement test (if you were not able to send in your high school transcripts), and meet with an academic counselor to plan out your courses.
- Finally, you start registering for classes and wait for the semester to begin. You are now a college student!
Here are some important dates:
FAFSA: Opens October 1st- Closes June 30th, 2020
Class Registration: Varies per Campus (check on their personal website)
Other Important Sites to pay for Community College:
CCC California Promise Grant