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Tip for Seniors:  Many deadlines fall during the month of November so continue to work on applications throughout October.


Upcoming Events:

October 1: The UC application and the new Cal State Apply applications open

October 4: at 1:45 pm: Application workshop with SRJC

October 5: at 1:30 pm: Cal State Apply application workshop

October 8 from 1-4 pm: NACAC STEM & College Career Fair, Santa Clara Convention Center

October 8 from 4-5:30 pm: Oberlin College, JCC of San Francisco, 3200 California St.

October 11 at 6 pm: Credo College Knowledge Night, Information Sessions and College Fair

October 18 at 6:30-8:00 pm (agenda change): Family Financial Aid night with Laura Bussey & special presentation about FA for private schools by Bard College

November 1 at 7 pm: NACAC Performing & Visual Arts College Fair, South San Francisco Conference Center

November 8 from 6:30-8:00 pm: Top Ten College Admissions Tips for Juniors and their families

November 9 at 1:30 pm: Cal State Apply application workshop

November 13 at 1:45 pm: SRJC English placement test at Credo


Colleges at Credo

October 4 at noon: Santa Clara University

October 16 at noon: Cornell College (learn more about the block system!)

October 18 at 6:30pm: Bard College

October 19 at 1pm: Pacific University, Oregon

October 26 at 1:30 pm: for Seniors only, application workshop with University of California, Berkeley


Important Deadlines:

NOW: Students and a parent should both create an FSA ID right now. These unique credentials will allow you to access Federal Student Aid's documents and are required as your electronic signature on the FAFSA.

October 1: FAFSA opens for senior families, visit and file ASAP!

October 9: Deadline to request transcripts and letters of recommendation from Mr. Schaefer for November 1 Early Action/Decision deadlines. Request must include an application list.

October 20: Deadline to request transcripts and letters of recommendation from Mr. Schaefer for December 1 Early Action/Decision deadlines. Request must include an application list.

November 1: Financial aid deadlines begin to kick in at some schools and for some public out-of-state institutions (Illinois, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, Vermont, Washington).

November 2: NSLI-Y study abroad application due.

November 30: University of California and California State University deadline. NO LATE APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

December 5: Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Abroad (YES) applications due.


An Introduction to: The FAFSA

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is a government form of about 100 questions that must be filled out annually by a student’s parents to determine eligibility for financial aid, sometimes including merit aid.

First, both the student and one parent must create a FSA ID which is used to access your account and fill out the form in subsequent years. This can be done now here:

Visit to fill out the FAFSA as soon as possible after it becomes available on October 1st, but certainly before the earliest deadline you face. Financial aid is often distributed on a first come, first served basis. And do file; students who don’t give up an average of $9,741 in grants and federal loans.

Parents use “prior-prior” year financial information to complete the FAFSA. So, when the parents of the Class of 2018 fill out the FAFSA in October, 2017, they will use 2016 tax information. Using the IRS Retrieval Tool will streamline the job and avoid mistakes by transferring parents’ tax information from the IRS. Once completed, families will learn their Estimated Family Contribution (EFC). This is the amount the federal government believes the family can afford to pay for one year of college.

Archive of Past Feature "Intros" and Featured Colleges

Unity College
Unity College
Unity, Maine
Best known for: environmentally-focused, hands-on education, faculty dedicated to students

Core values: Sustainability and experiential learning, helping students become change agents and innovative entrepreneurs to solve the world’s most pressing environmental problems.

773 students
Student-Faculty Ratio 15:1
4 Year Grad Rate: 45.2%
Admit Rate: 93%
Test Optional
Founded in 1965
Money Matters
Tuition, R&B: $38,750
Merit Scholarships from $8-$13k
Consideration is automatic
Unique majors include:
Sustainable business enterprise, adventure therapy, sustainable energy management, conservation law, captive wildlife care & management
Be Sure to Check Out
The farm and research center
Summer programs for high school students
Four-Year Graduation Guarantee
Certification Courses
Visit Unity’s table at Credo’s College Knowledge Night on October 11th