Helping Hand College Guidance
The College Advisory Newsletter
Update on UC Admissions
All freshman applicants to UC schools should receive admission decisions by March 30th, 2015. Transfer applicants should have their decisions by April 30th, 2015. This includes waitlist offers. Most campuses will complete freshman decisions by mid-March, but UCLA and UC Berkeley are not due until late March. For transfer students, UCLA and UC Berkeley will complete their decision process in late April.
Financial Aid Priority Deadline Approaching
Every student should fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) https://fafsa.ed.gov/ or a California Dream Act Application http://www.csac.ca.gov/dream_act.asp in order to ensure that you are considered for all financial aid. The deadline is March 2, 2015. The FAFSA is used for making decisions on federal, state and school aid money. The Cal Grant GPA Verification Form http://www.csac.ca.gov/doc.asp?id=1177 is also due on March 2nd, 2015. Schools should submit this form to the California Aid Commission.
Remember to check email and online portals from UC schools often for financial aid award letters and requests for additional documents, responding quickly. If you experience a change in circumstances or budget changes, you can file an appeal for additional financial aid. Financial aid packages should be available before May 1st, 2015 when the Statement of Intent to Register is due. Students need to reapply each year for financial aid. If appealing, do so as soon as possible and check with each individual campus for their deadlines and correct procedure to follow. Contact Helping Hand College Guidance if you desire assistance with the appeal process.
Make sure to send your official ACT, SAT, or TOEFL scores directly from the testing agency to at least one UC campus where you filed an application. (UC campuses share test score information) Do not send transcripts unless you are asked to do so by a UC campus.
SAT and ACT Upcoming Dates
March 3rd, 2015 – Late registration deadline for 3/14 SAT
March 13th, 2015 – Regular registration deadline for 4/18 ACT test
March 14th, 2015 – SAT test date
March 27th, 2015 – Late registration closes for 4/18 ACT test
April 6th, 2015 – Regular registration deadline for 5/2 SAT test
April 18th, 2015 – ACT test date
April 21, 2015 – Late registration closes for 5/2 SAT test
May 2nd, 2015 – SAT test date
Free College Workshop Seminars
March 21st, 2015 (11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.) – Presenting “Navigating the College Application Process” at Woodland Hills Public Library, 22200 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills
April 25th, 2015 (1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.) – Presenting “Navigating the College Application Process” at the Westwood Public Library, 1246 Glendon Ave., Los Angeles
Acceptances So Far (for fall 2015)
|University of Michigan
Ohio State University
University of Delaware
University of Texas at Austin
San Diego State University
University of Portland
Santa Clara University
|Otis College of Art and Design
School of Visual Arts (NY)
Arizona State University
Cal State Northridge
Northern Arizona University
West Virginia University
CSU Channel Islands
CSU East Bay
North Carolina State University
One student is being honored at “UC Santa Barbara’s Chancellor’s Reception” for their top applicants.
I will report a complete list at the end of April. Most universities have not rendered decisions yet.
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Attention 10th and 11th Grade Students and Parents
Now is the perfect time to start your college journey. Starting early gives you the greatest chance of achieving your goals, but it is never too late to start. Helping Hand College Guidance of Pacific Palisades offers comprehensive college counseling packages (includes up to 40 hours of college application assistance), 5 and 10 hour packages, and single hour options. Pam Ohriner, private college consultant, is available to take on a limited number of new students and offers one-on-one personalized services. Contact us today for more information.
Current seniors should be receiving admission decisions in the coming weeks. Contact us if you need help comparing offers of admission, financial aid decisions, or need help writing a letter of appeal for admission or financial aid.
Helping Hand College Guidance offers a free 1 hour initial consultation by phone or Skype. A free in-person consultation may be available if you are in our local area. Contact us for more information today about our college counseling services.