Tip for Seniors: Many deadlines fall during the month of November so continue to work on applications throughout October.
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
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 https://fafsa.ed.gov 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. http://www.yes-abroad.org
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: https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm
Visit https://fafsa.ed.gov 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.