In November We Submit College Applications

Jesenia Garcia, Editor In Chief

Calling all seniors! College application season is here, but don’t panic SEMHS provides plenty of resources and guidance to make this process as seamless as possible. You can get assistance with filling out the FAFSA, UC/CSU, and/or Dream Act Applications with the help of Mrs. Heilemann, Ms. Ochoa, or Ms. Covarrubias . For any questions or concerns, you can email them or speak to them in person. 

Worried about how to pay for college? Everyone with a social security number can file for FAFSA, a type of government aid which helps students pay for college depending on your family’s income. FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Although the deadline to file is March 2nd, the earlier you file the better. The earlier you file means more money you receive, which means less money coming out of your own pockets. If you haven’t already filed then here’s a list of information you’ll need for the application process: you and your parent’s social security numbers, W2 forms from 2021, student and parent FSA ID, tax forms for 2021 (1040 forms), and important life dates (DOB, marriages, divorces, etc). 

The College and Career Center holds UC/CSU workshops every Monday-Thursday from 2:30 to 4:30 and walk-in appointments on Fridays. They also hold occasional late night workshops which are from 2:30 to 7 for those who can’t make it in the afternoon. They will also be holding a Cash for College Workshop on November 17 in the library. Students and their parents can come and learn about scholarships and financial aid opportunities to help pay for college. For those unfamiliar with the center, it is located in room 226. 

UC/CSU applications opened on October 1st, the deadline for early admission was October 28th. However, the regular admission deadline is November 30th which is fast approaching. If you haven’t already started your applications or don’t know where to start, then stop by the College and Career Center before it’s too late! The center is open to all seniors, however the closer the deadline, the busier the center gets. Make sure to swing by and finish those applications as soon as possible. 

The college application process can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be as long as you take advantage of the help and resources given to you by the school. “I feel like the college and career center guides you in the right direction when it comes to the applications and financial aid. They make sure you’re successful in the whole process simply by opening their doors to students.” Take a breath, relax, and get those applications submitted!