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

2016 – 2017 Course Change Request Form

Course Change form 

Four Year Course Planning Worksheet

Four year plan worksheet

 

ACT & SAT Registration

http://www.actstudent.org

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

https://www.collegeboard.org

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

 

College Planning and Exploration

http://knowhow2go.acenet.edu

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

http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/

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

http://www.collegesource.org/

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

http://www.collegeview.com/

This site provides great college search, career counseling and scholarship information.

http://www.usnews.com/education

This site provides college search, college ratings, and scholarship information.  It also has a “college personality quiz” that helps students discover the types of colleges they may want to consider.

https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/

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

https://colleges.niche.com

This site lets you search for colleges, read real student reviews, and compare college rankings.

https://secure.californiacolleges.edu

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

 

Financial Aid and Scholarships

http://www.nasfaa.org/about_financial_aid

National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA)

http://www.college-scholarships.com/

You can find college contact information by state, including admissions and financial aid office e-mail adresses, toll free phone numbers, and links to on-line applications for admission.

http://www.csac.ca.gov/

The website for the California Student Aid Commission.  Learn about Cal Grants and other student aid programs, their requirements, and how to apply for them.

http://www.fastweb.com/

Free scholarship search service.

http://www.finaid.org/

On this website you will find much that you need to know about applying for financial aid. Excellent for determining expected parental contribution for college costs.

http://www.icanaffordcollege.com

Brought to you by the California Community Colleges, this site is aimed at low-income students to help them become aware of the financial aid opportunities available to them and to assist all eligible students to complete the application process.

http://www.sdfoundation.com/scholarships.aspx

On this website you will find access to over 100 scholarships by using the San Diego Foundation’s common scholarship application.  There are also private scholarships listed, detailed application instructions, and much more.

https://fafsa.ed.gov/

Federal Student Aid site; here you can find steps to get organized before you file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), complete the FAFSA on the Web Worksheet, complete the FAFSA, and view your results online.  You can also check the status of your application, make corrections to a processed FAFSA, and get other information.

https://mygrantinfo.csac.ca.gov/logon.asp

This private and secure site of the California Student Aid Commission will let you view the status of your Cal Grant application, update your address, view your award detail, view your California Aid Report (CAR), view payment history, confirm your high school graduation, and submit School Change (SC) or Leave of Absence (LOA) requests.

https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/

The gateway for free information, guidance, and tools for federal student assistance from the United States Department of Education’s Office of Federal Student Aid.

https://www.scholarships.com/

A free scholarship search service.

http://www.finaid.org/military/veterans.phtml

Information about education benefits for dependents of military service members.

 

California Colleges and Universities

http://www.aiccu.edu

This is the site for the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU), the unified statewide voice of California’s private, non-profit, WASC accredited colleges and universities for state and federal policy issues.  The AICCU website provides information to students about private, non-profit education in California.

http://www.calstate.edu

The official website for the California State University.  Students apply online for any CSU campus at:  https://secure.csumentor.edu.

http://www.cccapply.org

This site is a student’s gateway to the California Community Colleges.  Students may review admission requirements, apply online, and find financial assistance.

http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu

The official website for the University of California.  Students may review admission requirements, apply online, and find financial assistance.

 

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

Naviance

http://connection.naviance.com/cathedralcath

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.