January FAQTop of Page

CSU

1. Check your portals every week.
 
2. Send your official transcript to every CSU campus that requests a 7th semester transcript before the due date indicated on your "To Do" list.
 
3. Continue to apply for scholarships and maintain your grades. Check the financial aid pages of each CSU campus. Some campuses, like Chico and Sonoma State, have their own scholarship applications.
 
4. If you plan to change your schedule or have received a D/F grade, inform each college's undergraduate admissions office via email.  You need to know if your eligibility will be affected. You should ask if there is anything you should do to maintain your eligibility for admission.
 
6. List all of your CSU campuses on your CA Dream Act or FAFSA application. It is due by 3/2.
 
7. See if you qualify for a Cal Grant by making your WebGrants for Students account.
 
8. AP Exam? Wondering if you should take a certain exam? Check out this page to see if the college you plan to attend next fall will accept your AP scores so you can fulfill General Education (GE) requirements and/or earn units that can be applied to your college degree.

Community College

1. Make an account for any California community college here. If you think you will be moving, you should start investigating colleges near your new home.
 
2. List the college(s) on your CA Dream Act or FAFSA application. It is due by 3/2.
 
3. See if you qualify for a Cal Grant by making your WebGrants for Students account.
 
4. Check the financial aid page of the college. The San Mateo Community College District offers several scholarships for incoming freshmen. KASP Scholars receive $6,000 a year to help them take the classes they need to transfer to a 4-year college. Seniors with a 2.5+ GPA (A-G courses taken in grades 9-12) should apply by 3/2/17.
 
5. Sign up for a Community College workshop this month.
 
 

UC

1. Check your email every week for communication from a UC campus.
 
2. List all of your UC campuses on your CA Dream Act or FAFSA application. It is due by 3/2.
 
3. See if you qualify for a Cal Grant by making your WebGrants for Students account.
 
4. Continue to apply for scholarships and maintain your grades.
 
5. If you plan to change your schedule or have received a D/F grade, inform each college's undergraduate admissions office via email.  You need to know if your eligibility will be affected. You should ask if there is anything you should do to maintain your eligibility for admission.
 
6. AP Exam? Wondering if you should take a certain exam? Do some research to see if your colleges will accept your AP scores so you can fulfill General Education (GE) requirements and/or earn units that can be applied to your college degree.
 

Private/Other Public College

1. Check your email or campus portal every week for communication from the college(s).
 
2. List all of your colleges your CA Dream Act or FAFSA application. It is due by 3/2. Some private colleges require an additional financial aid application, the CSS Profile, found on the College Board website. Check the college's financial aid page for the requirement and deadline.

3. See if you qualify for a Cal Grant by making your WebGrants for Students account. You can use a Cal Grant for a private college in California. You many not use a Cal Grant to attend a college in another state.
 
4. Continue to apply for scholarships and maintain your grades. Check the financial aid pages of the colleges to see if they have scholarship applications due soon.
 
5. If you plan to change your schedule or have received a D/F grade, inform each college's undergraduate admissions office via email.  You need to know if your eligibility will be affected. You should ask if there is anything you should do to maintain your eligibility for admission.
 
6. AP Exam? Wondering if you should take a certain exam? Check out this page to see if the college you plan to attend next fall will accept your AP scores so you can fulfill General Education (GE) requirements and/or earn units that can be applied to your college degree.

February FAQTop of Page

CSU

1. Check your portals every week.
 
2. Send your official transcript to every CSU campus that requests a 7th semester transcript before the due date indicated on your "To Do" list.
 
3. Continue to apply for scholarships and maintain your grades. Check the financial aid pages of each CSU campus. Some campuses, like Chico and Sonoma State, have their own scholarship applications.
 
4. If you plan to change your schedule or have received a D/F grade, inform each college's undergraduate admissions office via email.  You need to know if your eligibility will be affected. You should ask if there is anything you should do to maintain your eligibility for admission.
 
5. List all of your CSU campuses on your CA Dream Act or FAFSA application. It is due by 3/2.
 
6. See if you qualify for a Cal Grant by making your WebGrants for Students account.
 
7. Find out when the campus housing application opens and be ready to complete the application and pay the application fee (if required) ASAP. 

Community College

1. Make an account for any California community college here. If you think you will be moving, you should start investigating colleges near your new home.
 
2. List the college(s) on your CA Dream Act or FAFSA application. It is due by 3/2.
 
3. See if you qualify for a Cal Grant by making your WebGrants for Students account.
 
4. Check the financial aid page of the college. The San Mateo Community College District offers several scholarships for incoming freshmen. KASP Scholars receive $6,000 a year to help them take the classes they need to transfer to a 4-year college. Seniors with a 2.5+ GPA (A-G courses taken in grades 9-12) should apply by 3/2/17.
 
5. Sign up for a Community College workshop this month.
 
 

UC

1. Check your email every week for communication from a UC campus.
 
2. List all of your UC campuses on your CA Dream Act or FAFSA application. It is due by 3/2.
 
3. See if you qualify for a Cal Grant by making your WebGrants for Students account.
 
4. Continue to apply for scholarships and maintain your grades.
 
5. If you plan to change your schedule or have received a D/F grade, inform each college's undergraduate admissions office via email.  You need to know if your eligibility will be affected. You should ask if there is anything you should do to maintain your eligibility for admission.
 
6. Find out when the campus housing application opens and be ready to complete the application and pay the application fee (if required) ASAP. 

Private/Other Public College

1. Check your email or campus portal every week for communication from the college(s).
 
2. List all of your colleges your CA Dream Act or FAFSA application. It is due by 3/2. Some private colleges require an additional financial aid application, the CSS Profile, found on the College Board website. Check the college's financial aid page for the requirement and deadline.

3. See if you qualify for a Cal Grant by making your WebGrants for Students account. You can use a Cal Grant for a private college in California. You many not use a Cal Grant to attend a college in another state.
 
4. Continue to apply for scholarships and maintain your grades. Check the financial aid pages of the colleges to see if they have scholarship applications due soon.
 
5. If you plan to change your schedule or have received a D/F grade, inform each college's undergraduate admissions office via email.  You need to know if your eligibility will be affected. You should ask if there is anything you should do to maintain your eligibility for admission.
 
6. Find out when the campus housing application opens and be ready to complete the application and pay the application fee (if required) ASAP. 

March FAQTop of Page

CSU

1. Check your portals every week. You may be required to complete items like the Residency Questionnaire or an Income Verification worksheet.
 
2. Find out when the campus housing application opens and be ready to complete the application and pay the application fee (if required) ASAP. 
 
3. See if you qualify for a Cal Grant by making your WebGrants for Students account.
 

Community College

1. Make an account for any California community college here. If you think you will be moving, you should start investigating colleges near your new home.
 
2. Consider attending the Canada College field trip. You will have the opportunity to take the placement tests and meet with a counselor. Stop by D-9 for the field trip form.
 
3. See if you qualify for a Cal Grant by making your WebGrants for Students account.
 
 

UC

1. Check your email every week for communication from a UC campus. Decisions are rolling out this month.
 
2. See if you qualify for a Cal Grant by making your WebGrants for Students account.
 
3. Continue to apply for scholarships and maintain your grades.
 
4. You will need to register for the AWPE writing placement test unless you have passed an acceptable community college English course (e.g., English 100 at Canada College) or you have a qualifying score on the AP English Language & Composition (3+) or ACT (30+ on English). Admitted students who must take this test will be notified about test registration procedures.

Private/Other Public College

1. Check your email or campus portal every week for communication from the college(s).
 
2. See if you qualify for a Cal Grant by making your WebGrants for Students account. You can use a Cal Grant for a private college in California. You many not use a Cal Grant to attend a college in another state.
 
3. Continue to apply for scholarships and maintain your grades. Check the financial aid pages of the colleges to see if they have scholarship applications due soon.
 
4. If you plan to change your schedule or have received a D/F grade, inform each college's undergraduate admissions office via email.  You need to know if your eligibility will be affected.
 
5. Find out when the campus housing application opens and be ready to complete the application and pay the application fee (if required) ASAP. 

April FAQTop of Page

Community College: Apply now for admission to a community college and take steps to complete your registration.
 
CSU: Check your portals to see if you need to submit a transcript or complete a Residency Questionnaire. Apply for housing ASAP.
 
UC: Consider accepting a spot on a waitlist if it is offered. If you would like to complete an appeal, stop by D9.
 
Out of State/Private College: Apply for housing and submit required documents.
 

May FAQTop of Page

AP Exam? Wondering if you should take a certain exam? Check out this page to see if the college you plan to attend next fall will accept your AP scores so you can fulfill General Education (GE) requirements and/or earn units that can be applied to your college degree.
 
Community College: Apply now for admission to a community college and take steps to complete your registration.
 
CSU: Check your portals to see if you need to submit a transcript or complete a Residency Questionnaire.
 
UC: Apply for housing and submit required documents.
 
Out of State/Private College: Apply for housing and submit required documents.
 
Stop by D9 if you have additional questions.

October FAQTop of Page

Q: Should I wait to submit my college applications until I have some ACT or SAT scores?

A: No. Identify score recipients so that colleges receive your ACT and/or SAT scores as soon as they are available. You can list a future test date on your applications so colleges know that you will be taking them.

 

Q: Do I need to submit the College List?

If you are applying to a four-year college and need to have your counselor send forms/transcripts to those colleges, you do need to turn in the College List. It should include every four year college that you are applying to whether they need a letter of rec or not.
 
A: If you need your counselor to write a letter of recommendation for scholarships and/or college applications, you should have turned in your College List to your counselor:
 
1. Completed College List available in D-9:
Be sure to list all four-year colleges to which you will apply. Use an
additional page if necessary. This list should match item #2.
 
2. Printout of your "Colleges I'm Applying To" list on your Naviance account.
 
3. A recent draft of your personal statement.
 
 

Stay Tuned: More FAQ items will be added this week.

November: College FAQs (seniors)Top of Page

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. What's up with sending scores?
All SAT and ACT scores should be reported on your application and officially sent through CollegeBoard and/or ACTstudent.org websites.

If you send SAT or ACT scores to one UC, they go to all UCs.If you send SAT scores to California State University Apply--Long Beach (code 3594), they go to every CSU.ACT scores need to be sent individually to CSUs with the proper code. You can Google the name of the school and the phrase "ACT code" and they will pop up. Here are a few to get you started.

San Diego State--0398

Cal Poly SLO--0188

San Jose State--0410

San Francisco State--0404

2. Do UCs and CSUs need transcripts?
Not at first. However, they many ask for them sometime after submission (sooner and later). Check your email. Open your portal at each school where you applied, and check there often too.

3. EOP has a second application. What do I need to know about that?
If you said "yes" to EOP in section of the CSU application, a second application is required. To complete the application---a. Fill out your section.b. Be sure to write a teacher's name and email in the proper place. They will then be sent a recommendation form online. Submit it by 11/30 to be safe. EOP deadlines are different for different colleges and some have additional requirements.

4. Gov't (Area A) and Economics (Area G) classes are not a full year. What should I put on the applications?
The class you are in right now should be marked In progress in Semester 1.The class you will be in starting in January should be marked planned in Semester 2.
For both, the semester when they're not happening for you should not be marked at all on the CSU application. On the UC application, you should select "NO" to indicate that you are not receiving a grade for that semester.

5. When is help available?
Please stop by the guidance office and College&Career Center (D9) before or after school and at brunch or lunch. 
There will also be two application workshops after school (3:15-5 PM) in the College&Career center on November 20 and 28. There will be pizza, Ms Matavulj, Ms. Vasquez, and counselors. Please come to finish up your apps and get answers to last-minute questions.

6. Is this college thing going to work out? Can I do this?
Hard work and your best effort---that's what makes it happen!!!

December FAQTop of Page

Q: I submitted my applications. Now what do I do?
 

A: Make your college portal(s). You will receive an application acknowledgement e-mail/letter from the campus(es) to which you applied. That email/letter will have your student/net ID, along with instructions for how to create an account to access your portal and how to set up your email account.  

Important:  If you have not received your student/net ID within 2 weeks after submitting your CSU application, you must call the admissions office for that particular college, let them know you never received it, and request that info to log-in to your portal.  They will then either give it to you over the phone or ask you to send them an email request.  


Check your e-mail and portal at least once a week.  You will receive information on your application status via your portals.  If campuses need additional information, they will communicate with you directly through their portal or via e-mail. You will not be admitted if you fail to submit documents by the deadline.  Set up the web portal as soon as possible and write down your student/Net ID and password for each college to which you applied.  Check portals at least once a week. 

 

Make sure that all colleges have received your SAT and/or ACT reports.  In addition to writing in your test scores on the college application, you must request that the testing agencies send official score reports to the colleges that received applications from you.

 

OFFICIAL SCORE REPORTS MUST BE SENT BY THE TESTING AGENCY DIRECTLY TO THE COLLEGES. 

Colleges will remind you once or twice of your obligation to submit official scores.  If official scores are not received, the college will eventually DROP your application.

 

What you need to do:

 
  • Log in to your online College Board or ACT Account.

 
  • SAT: Request that a score report be sent to each college to which you have applied. Send scores to California State University Apply [code 3594] for all 23 campuses. 

  • ACT: Select the test registration date and send the score report to each college to which you have applied. CSU - Send the test with the highest composite score to one CSU campus.

  • University of CA: Send your ACT and/or SAT score to one campus. It will be forwarded to all campuses.

 

Important Considerations:

 
  • Fees - The testing agency will offer a limited number of score reports for free, and typically only within a limited number of days after registering for or taking the test.  Rules vary.  After that, you must pay $12 for each score report. Unfortunately, there are no fee waivers available for score reports if you did not use a fee waiver to register for the SAT. When you register for the ACT, you can select up to four institutions to receive the scores for that test date. If you do not select any colleges before you take the test, you will have to pay $12.00 for each score report requested.

 
  • Which SAT Scores to Send - Choose SEND ALL SCORES from the options. “Score Choice” (allowing you to pick and choose which scores to send) is an unnecessary expense, as colleges will choose your best scores when evaluating your application.

Submit your 2018-2019 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or Dream Act app by March 2nd.  ALL seniors should submit a financial aid application, regardless if you’ll be attending a community college or 4-year college.   The sooner you submit your application, the more aid you are likely to receive based on family income, family size, and other variables.