College Knowledge Project
All students participating in our academic programs receive free, personalized assistance with their college and financial aid applications. In addition, we partner with community organizations to bring no, or low, cost college knowledge workshops to underrepresented students and their families. To date, over 500 students and their families have received free college planning services.
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Workshops are offered in English and Spanish and customized for your group’s needs. We specialize in multi-year programs for schools and community-based organizations.
Workshops are categorized into four main areas: (1) Preparing for College, (2) Applying to College, (3) Paying for College, and (4) College Entrance Exams. Brief descriptions of our workshops are included below.
- Preparing for College Series
- Applying to College Series
- Paying for College Series
- College Entrance Exams
The Preparing for College Series provides an overview of the entire college planning process including academic preparation, entrance exams, extra-curricular activities, career exploration, choosing a college, applying to and paying for college.
Preparing for College Overview reviews the entire planning process from academic preparation in high school to submitting your college applications. Recommended for students in grades 9-11.
Academic Requirements covers both the A-G requirements for California’s public universities and the placement exams required by all of California’s colleges and universities. Students will analyze their transcripts for A-G completion and planning, determine which placement tests they will take, and learn about free resources to prepare for their exams. Recommended annually in grades 9-12.
Choosing a Career Path is for students of all ages. Students will learn the fields of future job growth, take diagnostic tests to learn their personal strengths, choose possible career paths, and research the majors and educational requirements that lead to each career. Recommended for students from grade 8 – adult.
Choosing a College explores the differences between colleges and universities while helping students figure out which ones are right for them. Recommended for students in grades 10-12. The Department of Education’s College Navigator is a good place you begin your search.
The Applying to College Series covers all college applications including California Community Colleges, CSU, UC, and private schools.
Applying to College Overview reviews the entire application process including timelines, required college exams, application requirements, and the differences in requirements between California’s public and private colleges and universities as well as schools outside of California. Recommended for students in grades 10 or 11 anytime of year – August for 12th graders. Click here for free resources, activities and links.
Mock Applications is for students from grades 9-11 to prepare for the applications they will submit as seniors. The students will complete sample applications to learn the requirements ahead of time so they can plan their high school courses and extra-curricular activities strategically.
California State University Application is offered to high school seniors and community college transfer students during the CSU application window of October 1 – November 30 each year. Students will complete and submit their actual applications. This consists of two, two-hour sessions.
University of California Application is offered to high school seniors and community college transfer students during the CSU application window of October 1 – November 30 each year. Students will complete and submit their actual applications. Students applying to private or out-of-state colleges may also attend this workshop. The entire workshop consists of three, two-hour sessions. An overview of the college essays are included. Optional small group College Essay workshops are available.
College Essays is a personalized, in-depth series for small groups up to ten. Each student will be individually interviewed to determine essay topics. Students will work both independently and collaboratively on drafts and revisions. Three, two-hour sessions are recommended but the number of sessions vary depending on the students, their writing, and the level of additional support they have outside of the workshop.
The Paying for College Series provides an overview of all financial aid options for students and their families. Hands-on completion of financial aid applications are included.
Paying for College Overview This 3-hour workshop reviews all types of aid available, including grants, loans, work-study and scholarships. Timelines, requirements, common mistakes, and scams are included in this session. In this workshop you will learn which types of federal and state student aid you may apply for. Recommended scheduling for this workshop is November-December of the year PRIOR to your college enrollment. For example, if you plan to attend college in the fall of 2015, schedule this workshop in Nov-Dec of 2014.
Apply for Financial Aid This is a two-part session where students and families complete and submit The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or DREAM Act (whichever is applicable). The DREAM Act (AB 540) is an alternative for many students who are not eligible for the FAFSA due to citizenship status. The Learning About Financial Aid workshop is a required prerequisite to learn which application is right for you. Recommended scheduling is between January 1 – March 2 as this is the submission window for California. The Cal-Grant application is included in this session.
Scholarships Scholarships are for everyone. In this two-part workshop you will learn how to find and apply for scholarships. During the workshop you will draft an essay for at least one scholarship application and learn how to use your essay for additional applications.
Tests are an integral part of your school applications. Tests such as the SAT® and ACT® are a major factor determining your acceptance and placement into most universities.
Some colleges, specifically community colleges, don’t require SAT or ACT scores. Because of this, many students mistakenly think that the courses they take in high school determine their placement in college. In most cases this is incorrect. Colleges use math and English (and other subjects depending on a student’s major) exams to determine placement. More often than not students place in remedial courses that either count as electives or, worse, do not count for college credit at all. It can take several years for students to work through a remedial sequence.
SAT® Preparation College Bridge offers a unique SAT Program with intensive classwork tailored to address individual needs.
- Three customized score reports with detailed information about individual strengths and weaknesses.
- Pre-writing drills to outline the points the student will make in his/her essay.
- Timed math drills that cover individual weaknesses identified by the diagnostic tests.
- Speed-reading strategies and practice with long and complex passages.
- Students are actively engaged in rigorous, individualized work during all instructional time.
College Placement Tests By March of the senior year, students will have a good idea which college they’ll attend and which major they’ll chose. This is the time to consider the placement tests that might be required for college. A plan of study will be developed as well as when and where they’ll take the exam(s).
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