Useful Websites for College Planning

We know that the college admission process is daunting. To help with this process we have compiled a list of websites that will be used within this process. Please find live links that will lead you to the websites that you will need for the testing process, the college search process as well as beginning the scholarship process. This page is not a comprehensive list, but it will start you in the right direction.

Helpful Forms

Four-Year Course Planning Worksheet

Four-Year Plan Worksheet


College Entrance Exams

ACT

This site offers on-line registration for the ACT test.

SAT

This site offers on-line registration for the SAT and SAT Subject Tests. The College Board site also offers a large database of colleges and on-line college planning/financial aid information.


College Planning and Exploration

KnowHow2GO

Site formed by the American Council on Education, the Lumina Foundation for Education, and the Ad Council, to encourage students to prepare for college.

College Navigator

The United States Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences and National Center for Education Statistics college search website.

CollegeSource Online

This site contains a database of over 85,000 digital college catalogs, institution profiles, transcript keys, and other critical resources.

Big Future

BigFuture by the College Board is a free comprehensive website that helps improve the college planning process through a step-by-step approach.

California Colleges

California’s free official source for college and career planning.


Financial Aid and Scholarships

National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA)

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

California Student Aid Commission

California Dream Act

Going Merry

Fastweb

FinAid!

“I Can Afford College”

The San Diego Foundation

WebGrants 4 Students

Direct Loan

Scholarships.com

Financial Aid for Veterans and their Dependents

Ultimate Financial Aid Guide


California Colleges and Universities

The Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities

California State University

California Community Colleges

University of California


Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) Students who are residents of WICHE states are eligible to request a reduced tuition rate of 150% of resident tuition at participating two- and four-year college programs outside of their home state.

WUE website

Schools that offer out-of-state scholarships

WUE Savings Chart


Colleges That Change Lives (CTCL)

A non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and support of a student-centered college search process. 

CTCL


Gap Year Association

A resource for students interested in taking “intentional time away from the classroom before accruing college debt, starting their careers, and choosing a life-path, in order to facilitate perspective, purpose, and maturation.”

https://www.gapyearassociation.org/about.php


University of San Diego’s Torero Promise

The Torero Promise is a guaranteed admissions program being offered to students enrolled in the Dioceses of San Diego and San Bernardino high schools.

https://www.sandiego.edu/admissions/undergraduate/apply/torero-promise.php


San Diego Promise

The San Diego Promise is a two-year completion program for recent high school graduates who enroll full-time (12 units per semester) at San Diego City CollegeSan Diego Mesa College, or San Diego Miramar College. The program provides up to two years of free tuition to eligible students. Participation in the Promise program comes with a variety of benefits: free tuition for up to two years, access peer mentor/success coach, specialized counseling and guidance support, and additional campus engagement opportunities.

https://www.sdccd.edu/about/departments-and-offices/student-services-department/promise/


The California Promise

The California Promise ​Program enables a specific number of campuses of the California State University (CSU) to establish pledge programs for entering first-time students who are both interested and able to complete baccalaureate degrees in four years.

https://www2.calstate.edu/apply/freshman/getting_into_the_csu/Pages/the-california-promise-program.aspx


United Kingdom Universities and Application Process

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is a UK-based organization whose main role is to operate the application process for British universities.

https://www.ucas.com/


Naviance

Naviance is a fully integrated platform for college, career and success planning. Not only are CCHS students able to do college, career and scholarship searches on Naviance, but when students become seniors, Naviance is used to organize and carry out steps to complete college applications. Students also use Naviance to sign up for college visits and receive communications from counselors. When using Naviance for the first time, registration using a code provided by the counseling office is necessary.

http://connection.naviance.com/cathedralcath