You Applied to College. Now what?
December, January, February and some of March aren’t just dull months in terms of weather but also in the admissions process. After months of standardized testing, campus visits and arduous applications it feels a bit odd to sit and do nothing. But your applications are in – what can you do?!
If you haven't filled out the FAFSA, start by filling out the FAFSA. This first “to-do” can’t be stressed enough. In order to qualify for financial aid at all, this document must be submitted. While you may have had an older brother or sister who went to college and didn’t qualify for aid, this shouldn’t stop you from filling one out. Along with changes to your family’s financial circumstances, eligibility for certain types of aid changes too.
We recommend you SUBMIT this by January, it helps financial aid administrators better determine your award package so make sure your FAFSA is in before all of your potential college choices’ deadlines. Check their websites or call each office to verify these dates, which typically occur in February or March.
Keep your grades up. Schools have every right to ask for your final semester grades, and you don’t want your GPA to reflect signs of senioritis. There is a possibility that the admissions office would revoke their offer of admission to you. After all, they only want students who will work hard and take academics seriously; not students who simply coast.
Follow up with the admissions office on your application. Now, be very careful with this piece of advice. It is NOT a good idea to call your admission officer and ask, “Have you made your decision yet?” Rather, you want to you check your email to ensure they have all the pieces they need to make the best assessment of your qualification for admission. Again, don’t ask about the decision – check your email first! Then make a call to the admissions office to ask if you have any documentation missing.
Schedule a visit to the college sometime in late March or April. Your final college choice decision is due May 1st, and before that date, you may be agonizing over which school you’re going to choose. A college visit is the perfect way to solidify your choice.
It’s also a great time to visit financial aid offices. If your family is experiencing unusual financial circumstances that aren’t reflected on the FAFSA, this is the time and place to discuss this with a financial aid administrator. They can oftentimes make professional judgments that permit you to receive more financial aid to compensate for your family’s circumstances.
Finally, breathe easy. While the most time consuming part of the process is over, it only gets more stressful. Once the admission decisions come in, you’ll have some difficult decisions of your own to make. What if you didn’t get into your top choice – what is your plan now? Or what if you were wait-listed – should you stay on the list or consider your second or third college choice? This is the lull in the crazy admissions process. So enjoy it.
1. Fill out the FAFSA.
2. Keep grades up.
3. Make sure the admissions office has all of your application pieces.
4. Schedule a school visit and talk to financial aid administrators.
5. Take some time to relax.
Sending SAT and/or ACT Scores to CSU/UC
For CSU's send your scores to CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY-MENTOR, when CSU MENTOR receives it they will share your scores with all of the CSU's you applied to.
For UC's send your scores to one UC of your choice, when that UC receives it they will share your scores with the other UC's that you applied to.
TAKE NOTE OF THE CSU EOP DEADLINES! YOU MUST TURN IN YOUR EOP APPLICATIONS ON CSU MENTOR BY THE DEADLINES LISTED BELOW!
If you have any questions or concerns about your EOP application please do not hesitate to contact your College Advisers via email. You may also visit us at the College & Career Center on Monday, December 12th from 7:30 am - 3:30 pm
EOP is designed to improve access and retention of historically low-income and educationally disadvantaged students. EOP students have the potential and demonstrated motivation to perform satisfactorily at a CSU, but they have not been able to realize their potential because of their economic or educational background. The program provides admission and academic assistance to EOP-eligible undergraduate students. In many cases, the program offers financial assistance to eligible students. Campuses tailor their programs to accommodate the needs of their student population.
Each CSU campus has an EOP for low-income undergraduate students who are California residents or qualify for an AB540 non-resident tuition exemption and are disadvantaged because of their economic and educational backgrounds. Students with a history of low income who need academic and financial assistance may apply for the program. EOP accepts students who do not meet regular admission criteria, as well as those who qualify for regular admission. Be sure to indicate on the undergraduate application for admission if you are applying through EOP and ensure you complete the supplemental EOP Application along with the two letters of recommendation by the deadline determined by the campus.
Please note: The criteria for acceptance to the EOP program at the CSU are more restrictive than those of the Extended Opportunity Program & Services (EOP&S) program at California Community Colleges. Therefore, you may not be accepted to an EOP program at the CSU even though you may be an EOP&S student at a California Community College.
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