updated 12/20/17

High School Codes:
Bear River 051092
Ghidotti, William & Marian, Early College High School 051538
Nevada Union 051095
NU Tech 051104
North Point Academy 051096
Silver Springs 051097


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The California Student Aid Commission and Cien Amigos, Consulate General of Mexico in Sacramento, LPC has announced the Steps to College Fair (Pasos A La Universidad) to inform Latino families and students about the expanding oppurtunities available to earn a college degree.  This free fair will take place Saturday, February 4, 2017 from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm at Consulate General of Mexico, 2093 Arena Boulevard in Sacramento.  Workshops will be provided on the California Dream Act and Financial Aid Opportunities.  Register by clicking here.  
Buy used, rent, or download college textbooks at bookstores.  Barnes & Nobles is one store among others that offers this with savings up to 90%.

You may now download books onto your Kindle, IPad, etc. from the library for free.  All you need is a library card.


California State University Attendance Costs for 2016-17 

CSU Undergraduate Impacted Programs per Campus

CSU Applicants:  Students, Save Money:  List CSUMentor as an SAT score recipient.  The SAT institution code for CSUMentor is 3594.  Listing 3594 will send your score to all CSU campuses for ONE PRICE.  CUSMentor will then store your scores for all CSU campuses for one price.

Cappex Application Checklist UPDATED MODIFIED TOOL - Check out this college application checklist tool to use to keep a handle on your college application/selection process.  Use whatever the college is requesting you use to identify yourself (i.e. an ID Number or User Name, etc.).

Career Exploration Tools:  Check out your interests and values match a career field.  Then find out about the type of work performed in specific work; the skills knowledge and abilities required to perform the job; related occupations; the type of work settings; employment opportunities and the wages earned for the career field; where you can go to receive the education and training for the career field; what license or certifications are required for the career; the opportunity for advancement in the career field; and research jobs in the job bank.  

CLEP The College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP) gives you the opportunity to receive college credit for what you already know by earning qualifying scores on any of 33 examinations.  Earn credit for knowledge you've acquired through independent study, prior course work, on-the-job training, professional development, cultural pursuits, or internships.

College Application NACAC Fee Waiver information and application.  For students who have received or are eligible for a fee waiver for the ACT or SAT OR are eligible or participating in the free or reduced lunch program OR receive public assistance OR in foster care OR a ward of the court, check here to see if you qualify for a fee waiver to apply to various colleges.  The form is for traditional high school students applying to post-secondary colleges or universities in the fall immediately following high school graduation.  College and universities have the right to refuse the waiver, in which case, you would have to pay the fee.  

College Application Mistakes to Avoid (which most could apply to Scholarship Applications)

College Cost Comparison Chart
CollegeNavigator.gov:  National Center for Education Statistics helps you find the right college for you.

College Scorecard:  U.S. Department of Education's College Affordability and Transparency Center's College Scorecard makes it easier for you to search for a college that is a good fit for you.

Colleges That Change Lives:  "The secret of these 40 colleges' magic is not in what they do, for they do many different things. It is in how they do it, and that is where they have so much in common."  - Loren Pope, Author of Colleges That Change Lives   

Colleges that guarantee not to raise tuition

Kansas University- guarantees tuition for four years.  If you apply by Nov 1, you may be eligible for up to $10,000 per year in Scholarships.

College Winning Essays - Sacramento News and Review  Seniors, submit one entry of a 650 word essay for a chance to win a scholarship towards your college education.  Submit it to collegeessay@newreview.com with the subject line, "College Essay Contest."  The essay may be submitted as a word document or PDF attachment.  1st Place is $2,000, 2nd Place is $1,000 and 3rd Place is $500.  If you have any questions, contact Janelle Bitker at janelleb@newsreview.com or Becca Costello @ atbeccac@newsreview.com.  You may also go to the link to review last year's winning essays.  Due April 22, 2016  

Colleges that offer Tuition-Free, besides the military academies
Colleges, Determining the Right Fit

Compare Colleges through the following 3 sources:
Forbes lists their selection of America's Best Colleges.

The Princeton Review has a variety of information for students.

U.S. News and World Reports lists their selection of America's Best Colleges.


COMPARE FINANCIAL AID AWARD PACKAGES with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Cost of Not Attending College - an article in USA Today Sept 2015

Cottey College - A private women's college in Nevada, Missouri is only $26,300 per year.  It has recently added Bachelor of Fine Arts (4-year programs) in Environmental Studies, International Relations and Business and in English.

EOP (Educational Opportunity Program):   (EOP Booklet)  Only historically low-income and educationally disadvantaged undergraduate students who need admission assistance or support services to succeed in college are admitted to EOP.  They must demonstrate academic potential and motivation, be California residents, and meet the income criteria stated.  While this link is for CSU, UC also offers EOP.
March2Success provides materials to help prepare students for college and series of videos to simplify processes.  They provide customized lesson plans, allowing students to skip through what they already know.  They program can help students with their grades, state required exams or as refreshers.  
Native Americans - Trace your ancestry for scholarships, including enrollment process information and tribal leader directory. 
Raise.me introduces Micro-Scholarships where students can get scholarships from colleges for their achievements in high school.  Add your course grades, clubs, sports, volunteer activities, and more to your portfolio.  The program is currently free.  If changes occur to the program they will send emails or phone you to try to contact you regarding the changes.  Please be sure to read any emails to you for updates to the program.    
RN to BSN Online Program  - Great information about job opportunities, description of various medical jobs, upcoming job fairs and events, salaries, and more   
SAT Test Dates

SAT Tests and College Application Fee Waivers-
  For students on Free or Reduced Lunch, you may have up to 2 fee waivers for the SAT test and 2 for the SAT Subject Test.  You may send the scores to an additional 4 colleges (total of 8 colleges) for free.  If you use the SAT fee waiver, you are eligible to receive up to four Requests for Waiver of College Application Fee forms.  
SAT Test Prep through Collegeboard partnering with  KHAN ACADEMY offers free SAT prep materials and more for the redesigned SAT Test in 2016.                     

Students, Save Money:  List CSUMentor as an SAT score recipient.  The SAT institution code for CSUMentor is 3594.  Listing 3594 will send your score to all CSU campuses for ONE PRICE.  CUSMentor will then store your scores for all CSU campuses for one price.  

Sierra Nevada College
, a 4-year liberal arts college in Incline Village, waives their application fee for all applicants and      offers scholarships for students with 2.8 gpa and above.
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA CAMPUSES Estimated cost of attendance for California Residence 2016-17.

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA ADMISSIONS INDEX CALCULATOR  Enter your GPA and SAT or ACT Test Scores on calculator (at the right hand side of the webpage this link opens) by moving the vertical black bar along the white line.  

University of California will waive application (for admission) fees for up to four campuses for qualified students, who otherwise would be unable to apply.  If you are a U. S. citizen or permanent resident, you can apply for a fee waiver within the application and find out immediately whether or not you qualify.  If your parents claim you as a dependent on their tax returns, ask them for their annual pre-tax income for last year and the current year  (as this is a question on the application).  

Middle Class Scholarship, 10 Things you need to know about (In English)
Middle Class Scholarship, 10 Things you need to know about (In English)
Middle Class Scholarship, 10 Things you need to know about (In English)

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