useful websites for students and parents
Helpful College Information
CSUMentor.edu- use the explore campuses to get more information on the California State University System along with other very useful college planning tools.
Assist.org- using the explore majors feature and you can find which schools have the major your interested in.
Collegeanswer.com- useful website full of college planning tools including information on how to pay for college.
Collegeboard.org- get information on tests, find colleges, and learn about financial aid and get financial aid help. Must create a free account.
Petersons.com- Everything you need to know about the college you want to get into. College prep tools, personal statement tips, information on career schools, and paying for college. Optional free account to save searches, but you can look through all the information without an account.
Californiacolleges.edu- the official source of college and career planning in California. Create a free account to explore colleges, careers, and paying for colleges.
Collegeview.com- a general view of colleges, plus a direct e-mail option for requesting information. A separate parent section provides helpful articles on helping your student through the application process.
Zinch.com- a collegiate matchmaking site that brings together high school students and colleges in a new and interactive way. Also matches you with scholarships. You must sign up and create a free account to access the information on the site.
Cappex.com- an interactive college match website. College search tools, paying for college information including scholarship searches and a sectionfor parents as well. Must sign up for a free account and create a profile to access the information on the site.
Collegeresults.org- find four, five and six-year rates of any college and also get graduation statistics by gender and ethnicity.
Ucan-network.org- Explore hundreds of private colleges and universities. You can browse by institution name, state or affiliation/mission.
Collegeportraits.org- source of basic, comparable information about public colleges and institutions presented in a user-friendly format.
Campustours.com- videotours, photorealistic interactive campus maps, mobile walking tours ans custom data-driven multimedia applications for higher education, non-profit, and goverment agencies.
CaliforniaRealityCheck.com- check out the lifestyle you want to live when you "grow up" and this website will tell you how much you need to make and what jobs will pay you that.
Csac.gov/dream_act.asp- California Student Aid Commission: important updates and links for undocumented students seeking information on college and financial aid.
e4fc.org- Educators for Fair Consideration: supporting undocumented young people in their pursuit of college, career, and citizenship.
CCCapply.org- California Community Colleges: access information on all of the Community Colleges in our state.
CsuMentor.edu- California State University: apply online using the undergraduate admission application.
UniversityofCalifornia.edu- University of California: apply online by following the steps they listed.
Commonapp.org- The Common Application: application used for private universities and independent colleges. Allows you to apply to many schools using only one general application. Also takes care of letters if recommendation, transcripst, supplements, and payments.
Financial Aid and Loan Information
Fafsa.ed.gov- Official website to complete and submit the FREE application for Federal Student Aid. This is a requirement for any student seeking financial aid. Please use this official website, since there are scams out there.
Studentaid.ed.gov- An office of the U.S. Deptartment of Education, find useful info on how to get financial aid and what to do with it once you have it.
Finaid.org- Student guide to financial aid. Information in scholarships, loans, and other types of aid.
Dream.csac.ca.gov- California Dream Act state aid application (for AB540 students).
FastWeb.com- A scholarship match up website based on answers to questions about you. Sign up for a free account to manage your searches.
Scholarships.com- Create a free account to manage scholarships matched to you based on information you enter about yourself. Colleges also use this website to recruit students.
Fastaid.com- The largest private sector scholarship database. 30 years of scholarship research, constantly updated. Your personal information won't be sold by this site. Must create an account to use site.
Beware of Scholarship Scams- Getting money shouldn't involve you paying money. Be careful of scam sites that try to get your personal information or money. Click on the link to read more information on steering clear of scholarship scams.
Khan Academy- A donor-supported, not for profit website designed to help students learn what they want, when they want, at their own pace.
HippoCampus: Homework & Study Help- The goal of HippoCampus is to provide high-quality, multi-media content on general education subjects to high school and college students free of charge. The website uses Adobe Flash, make sure you have Adobe Flash Player 7.0 or higher installed on your system.
Assessing your Learning Style- If you're trying to figure out how to maximize your academic success, an important step is assessing your learning style. Knowing your learning style will help you determine strategies to capitalize on your strengths and support your weaknesses. Find out how you learn by using the two different assessments on this link.
Ncaa.org- National Collegiate Athletic Association
National Crime Prevention Council: Internet Safety- Information and resources for staying safe online.
Cyberbullying- Information and resources to curb the growing problem of cyberbullying.