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College Corner

Just for youth

Are you college bound?

*Before heading to College make sure that you are on track to graduate from high school. Check out the SFUSD graduation requirements (also known as A-G requirements), to make sure you will graduate high school on time.

What do I need to do before I head to college?

As a high school senior there are a few things that have to be done before you head off to your college of choice. Some of these things may include the following based on individual schools:











  • Take the SAT and/or ACT exam
  • Begin and complete college applications by their due date
  • Consider filling out the Common App
  • Write personal statements
  • Take necessary tests for individual schools (each school may vary)
  • Complete FAFSA
  • Search for scholarships and grants

What Kind of College is Right for Me?

In order to know what college is right for you, you must know what kind of colleges are out there. There are many different types of colleges all over the county and world. Below is a list of popular college systems for California high school students. For other for colleges, majors, and more check out College Board's unique search engine.

  • California Community Colleges - The California Community College system is the largest in the nation: 113 campuses across California. With a wide range of educational offerings, the colleges provide workforce training, basic courses in English and math, certificate and degree programs, and preparation for transfer to four-year institutions.
  • California State Universities (CSU) - The CSU system is m‚Äčade up of 23 campuses across the state of California, and is the largest four-year public university system in the United States.
  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities - Institutions of higher education in the United States that primarily serve the African American community but open to all. There are 107 campuses across the country, including public and private institutions, community and four-year institutions, and medical and law schools.
  • University of California (UC) - The UC system includes more than 238,000 students with 10 campuses and 5 medical centers across California.
  • Vocational and Trade Schools - Post-secondary educational institutions designed to provide vocational education, or technical skills required to perform the tasks of a particular job. Vocational schools focus on job-specific training for students who are typically bound for a skilled trades. Click here for a great resource: http://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/vocational-trade-school/

      just for youth                   How to Pay for College?

      You've been accepted to a college and you're ready to go... but there's something missing. That thing just happens to be MONEY. There are many ways to pay for college, including grants, scholarships, work-study, and various types of loans. Check out this site for more information regarding financial aid.

      • Grants - Financial aid given by the federal government, the state, or an organization that you do not have to pay back
      • Loans- Money that you (or in some cases your parent or guardian) borrow that you must repay, with interest. There are different types of loans:
        • Subsidized- Loans made to eligible undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need. *For the first six months after graduation the federal government pays the interest
        • Unsubsidized- Available to undergraduate and graduate students, no requirement to demonstrate financial need. *You are responsible for paying all interest during all periods.
        • ParentPLUS-  Loans for parents of dependent undergraduate students that help pay for educational expenses.
        • Private- Loans that come from private banks or institutions
      • Scholarships- An amount of money awarded to a student. This money does not have to be repaid.
      • Work-study- A federal work program that provides jobs to help pay for school

      Click the link below for scholarship and grant opportunities. If you would like to spread the word about a scholarship please contact us.

      Last Updated: December 15th, 2016

      - Scholarship and Grant Opportunities

      - Lenore McDonald Scholarship Fund

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      - Financial Aid/Scholarships for Vocational/Trade Schools

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