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Senior Timeline

  • Attend the August College Bootcamp at EHS if you are interested in applying to a four-year college 

  • UC Application and Common Application open on August 1- begin working on your applications

  • Finalize the Brag Sheet for any letters of recommendation you may need

  • Continue drafting your college essays/personal statements

  • Decide if you are applying Early Action (non-binding) or Early Decision (binding) to any college

  • Finalize your college list in Scoir

  • Ask for letters of recommendation from teachers and your counselor, providing them with a Brag Sheet

    • Common Application: input your counselor and teacher(s) in the recommendation section

    • Even though the UCs and CSUs do not accept letters of recommendation, you will need them if you want to apply for their Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) which provides additional assistance to low-income and historically underserved students

  • Cal State Universities application opens on October 1

  • Begin work on financial aid

    • FAFSA/CADAA open in October- Free Application for Federal Student Aid/California Dream Act Application

      • Completing a FAFSA/CADAA is a graduation requirement

    • CSS Profile- an additional Financial Aid form for some private and out-of-state public colleges

  • Submit UC and CSU applications by November 30

  • Each college will ask you to set up a portal through which you will receive important information- check on a regular basis

  • Check deadlines- many private college applications will be due in December/January

  • Check your personal email at least once a week throughout the spring semester

  • Continue applying to  scholarships, especially local ones

  • Cal Grant priority deadline of March 2

    • submit your FAFSA/CADAA to qualify for Cal Grants and for free community college

  • California Community College application opens

  • Preview programs and college visits for admitted students

  • Review financial aid packages to determine best choice

  • May 1 Deadline for Statement of Intent to Register for your final decision on your college to attend

  • Check the portal on a daily basis of the college you are attending- You will receive important information regarding housing, registering for classes, etc.

  • Housing deposit due for many colleges

  • Indicate where you are enrolling in Scoir- this is where your official final transcript will be sent in June