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Meet 7-Filling Out an Application

Forms!

Once again it’s time to fill out some forms! This time it’s college applications. We’re going to show you how to apply to Community College, California State Universities, Universities of California and some private schools.

Community College

We should take a moment out here and talk about community college for a moment. They get a bad rap from some people (snobs) because they accept everybody. There is nothing wrong with not going to a four year university right out the gate. Not everyone is ready for the transition or maybe didn’t get things together in time for graduation or maybe it’s not viable even after financial aid. Community College lets people get a college education on their own time, at their own pace, and for a fraction of the cost. You can finish all of your lower division course work (the first two years at a university) at CC and receive an education that is as good or better. Teachers there range from grad students to faculty at prestigious institutions, and class sizes are generally much, much smaller than at big universities. Don’t discount this wonderful resource.

Applying

There are no requirements for attending a community college other than that you are 18 years old or a high school graduate. You may actually take classes at a community college during your senior year if you are in good academic standing. This looks great on a college application but you should discuss this with your counselor and the counselor at the CC to make sure it’s really a good idea.

Price

Costs are calculated by the unit and you will have to pay a few other fees as well. For example, Cabrillo College charges $46 per unit plus other fees totaling about $32. So if you took 12 units (a full load) your semester would cost $584, so you’d expect to pay about $1200 a year going to CC. For perspective, a year at a UC costs a little less than $13,000. Additionally, if you filled out the FAFSA like we told you, then you may qualify for the Board of Governors (BOG) fee waiver, which waives the $46 per unit cost. Essentially meaning you pay nothing.

Course Plan

Once you enroll, you’ll need to sign up for Math and English placement tests to determine what level of these classes you may start out at.

Determining what classes to take is your number one priority. You may remember the A-G requirements, well those apply to CC course work as well. The two best resources you will use are the IGETC (Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum) and assist.org.

IGETC is an outline for completing your general education (aka lower division course work). It is a list of the areas you must complete to transfer, and the courses your school offers in those areas.

Assist.org best friend of every CC student. It is a database of every CC and public college in California. The way it works is you select your CC and then select a four year college and your desired major. It will then tell you exactly what that school requires for transfer students to have completed to be considered for acceptance.

TAGs Transfer Agreement Guarantees are contracts between students and four year colleges stating that if a student completes the requirements set out, then the school will automatically. The TAGs offered are different at any given CC so you should talk to the counselor or just go to their website and search for “tags”

CSU GE This is very similar to IGETC, however, it only enables you to transfer to a Cal State rather than  a UC.

What You’ll Need For All Applications

  • A copy of your transcripts to supply accurate information
  • Social Security Number
  • Your GPA
  • Your SAT and ACT scores
  • Your parents’ annual income
  • Citizenship status
  • Credit card to pay application fees (you can pay by mail too)

California State Universty

With 23 campuses, the CSU offers a wide variety of excellent schools all across the state. For requirements, please refer to your collegeboard.org account. You did make one of those didn’t you?

Online Application

We have it pretty easy these days. Have you ever filled out a job application using a pen and made a tiny mistake then worried that that tiny blemish would make them throw your application out? Imagine that same situation but with ten college applications that are ten times longer and ten times more important.

Today we have the internets to make things more bearable. We recommend going to www.csumentor.edu and creating an account. This is the place that acts as a clearing house for everything to know about CSU campuses including cost to attend, and other campus facts.  It also acts as a way to apply to multiple campuses.

When applying, you will chose your first campus and then chose your major, and the level you will be entering at (high school graduate, no college credit). Then what follows is several pages of questions about your personal information and academic records. You will need to give complete and 100% accurate information about all your grades or else your application could be rejected later. The beauty of CSU Mentor is that it saves all this information so that when you choose another campus to apply to it will auto-complete the whole form for you! Just complete the first page that asks what your proposed major is and then keep hitting next.

Application Fees

By using the CSU Mentor, you automatically apply for a fee waiver. If you’ve been paying attention, then you will know what form you must have filled out for them to see if you qualify. If you haven’t been paying attention, click here.

University of California

UC makes the application process easy (they had to make something easy). The process is very similar to using CSU mentor except you will go to this site which is on the UC website itself.

Online Application

Go to the UC website’s application section to start your application. Look at this checklist to make sure you have everything you need.

Basically you’ll be filling out your personal information, test scores, extracurriculars, volunteer work and your full academic history. This is pretty much the same as with any college application you’ll ever do. It will also ask you to check off what campuses you wish to apply to. After filling out your information, you will be run through individual campus applications asking what your intended major is as well as some other things they’re interested in. Depending how many campuses you are applying to this can take a long time, so set aside ample time to do this. If you can’t do it all in one sitting, the application has a save function, so you can save and then log back in at a later time. You will also have to write your personal statements, but luckily you have already written them and will just copy paste into the application.

Application Fees

Each campus to which you apply costs $70. UC will grant fee waivers for up to 4 campuses. Qualification for waivers is determined by your family’s income that you entered checked against-you guessed it- the FAFSA. You will be notified immediately if you qualify for a waiver.

Private Schools

Every single private school has a different but you’ve probably noticed how similar noticed how similar the previous two applications were. Private schools are much like them, but if they require an essay it will be different. We suggest going to individual admissions pages to determine what they require.