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California Dream Act information
Financial Aid Websites:
Student Aid – Your source for free information from the U. S. Department of Education on preparing for and funding education beyond high school.
FASFA - Free Application for Federal Student Aid
Pin - This Web site is your source of information for the Federal Student Aid PIN. Your PIN can be used each year to electronically apply for federal student aid and to access your Federal Student Aid records online. If you receive a PIN, you agree not to share it with anyone. Your PIN serves as your electronic signature and provides access to your personal records, so you should never give your PIN to anyone, including commercial services that offer to help you complete your FAFSA. Be sure to keep your PIN in a safe place.
Financial Aid Estimator – FAFSA4caster is a federal aid estimator that you can use before officially applying for aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). FAFSA4caster will provide you with an estimate of your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), which is an index that colleges use to determine what types of student aid you may receive. Using your EFC, FAFSA4caster will determine what types of federal grants, loans, and work-study you might qualify for and will provide you an estimated award amount for each.
FinAid - FinAid was established in the fall of 1994 as a public service. This award-winning site has grown into the most comprehensive source of student financial aid information, advice and tools — on or off the web.
I Can Afford College - The icanaffordcollege.com campaign is sponsored by the State of California and the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and provides a portal of free financial aid information for students seeking to attend a community college.
University of California Financial Aid – You already know that preparing yourself academically for college takes planning and effort. So does managing the cost of your college education. The University of California is committed to helping all academically eligible students attend, regardless of their economic circumstances.
Helpful Documents for Financial Aid:
Career Resources Websites:
Career Cruising – Career Cruising is a Free Internet-based career exploration and planning tool used by students to explore career and college options and develop a career plan. There is so much available in Career Cruising…check it out!
California Career Zone - Assess yourself, explore career clusters, and learn about hundreds of careers.
ASVAB Program - Helps students learn more about themselves and the world of work, identify and explore potentially satisfying occupations, and develop an effective strategy to realize their goals. We administer the ASVAB several times throughout the year, so make sure you ask! It’s FREE!
College Board - Explore major and career profiles.
Job Corps - Job Corps is a no-cost education and vocational training program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor that helps young people ages 16 through 24 to learn a trade. While you are in the program, you live on campus, receive a small living allowance twice a month and are provided 3 meals a day…all for free!
Who Do You Want To Be? - Information on California high school and community college courses, career options, and financial assistance are at your fingertips. This site will help you make decisions about the right courses to take in high school and community college so that you have the opportunity to turn that passion of yours into a great job and a great future.
Job Search Websites:
Job and Career Search (with tips, resume builders, career interest survey):
California Career Resource Network:
Specific Career Resources:
Accounting Careers, Schools, and Classes http://allaccountingcareers.
Automotive Schools & Careers: http://findautomotiveschools.com/ & http://
Babysitting, pet sitting, senior care, house-sitting, and housekeeping: http://www.sittercity.com or http://care.com
Cool jobs: http://www.coolworks.com
Cosmetology/Beauty: http://www.beautyschoolsdirectory.com/search/CA & http://beautyschools.com/states/california/
Fashion Design, Marketing, & Merchandising: http://www.fashionschoolsusa.com/
Green Technology: http://thinkgreendegrees.com/
State jobs – California: http://www.spb.ca.gov
Other Career Resources:
California Apprenticeship Coordinators Association: http://www.calapprenticeship.org
Job Corp: http://www.jobcorps.gov
San Diego ROP (Regional Occupational Program): http://www.sdcoe.net/rop
College Resources Websites:
CSU Mentor - How to plan for and apply to the California State University. Learn more about a CSU campus, compare campuses and much more!
Universities of California - How to plan for and apply to the University of California. Learn more about a UC campus: take an on-line campus tour and much more.
California Colleges – The official source for college and career planning in California.
College Board – Get on track to finding an education and career track that matches your skills and preferences. Learn about all your options—and how you can achieve them.
College View - College search, financial aid, application process, campus life, and careers and majors.
College Majors – Do you need to find a college major? MyMajors.com provides useful advice on college majors that a high school student or college freshman with your interests and achievements might enjoy and excel in. Take the short MyMajors quiz and receive five majors matching your interests and academic experience. You can obtain an advisement report summarizing your inputs and ten ranked major recommendations. Review this report with your teachers, and your parents.
Peterson’s - Planning for college can be a whirlwind, but it is important to find the right college or study abroad program, study for the SAT and ACT, and explore financial aid. Through every step, Peterson’s is here to help.
RWM - This site provides a database of private postsecondary vocational schools in all 50 states. It is organized first by state, then by training occupation.
Cosmetology/Beauty Schools in California- Search for and request information from California Beauty colleges.
Technical Schools Guide- If you are looking for technical schools or colleges, this is the site! Just type in your ZIP code and area of interest and the site will return a list of physical and online technical schools or colleges.
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