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UC applications deadline extended to Friday, Dec. 4; CSU applications extended to Tuesday, Dec. 15

11 27 20 COLLEGE iuApplications for attending University of California (UC) campuses in fall 2021 have been extended to Friday, Dec. 4, at 11:59 p.m.

Due tDuD Due to technical difficulties on the UC application site, UC announced  that "the deadline for the UC application has been extended to 11:59 p.m. PST Friday, Dec. 4."

Applications for attending California State University (CSU) campuses in fall 2021 were also extended and are now due Tuesday, Dec. 15, at 11:59 p.m.

Other colleges have later deadlines to apply.

Here are the UC and CSU application links:

Friday, Dec. 4: University of California applications for fall 2021 due:

https://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/apply-now.html

 

Also, Tuesday, Dec. 15: California State University (CSU) applications for fall 2021 due:

https://www2.calstate.edu/apply

The good news is that these applications are fairly easy to fill out since there is one  common application for all nine UC campuses and one for the 23 CSU campuses. 

Just get your transcripts handy to fill in your coursework. Look for a copy of your high school transcript if you are a Nordhoff senior or call the district office at 805-640-4343. Remember, you HAVE to turn your applications in by the deadine, but, again, it is not hard to do.

 

If you need help with the UC application, UC is providing live application help! Read the information below and get the answers to your questions!

There are Instagram graphics for high school students enrolling as freshmen (https://admissions.sa.ucsb.edu/sites/default/files/2020-11/Instagram_Freshman.pdf) and for students transferring to college (https://admissions.sa.ucsb.edu/sites/default/files/2020-11/Instagram_Transfers.pdf ).

UC does not require official transcripts before admission and will NOT use SAT/ACT scores in its selection process. As always, visit the Counselor Resources page ( https://admissions.sa.ucsb.edu/counselor-resources ) for UC’s full listing of webinars for counselors and recordings of past webinars.

Resources for freshmen

High school students can chat live with Admissions Counselors by clicking here for the Freshman page. Students can click the "live chat" icon at the top right:

UC Application Playlist for High School Students

Here is a Step-by-Step UC Application Tutorial for high school students for an inside look at each section of the UC application:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-yx76EbPhMd8BkiLRvWl_xPUKOXbPfWM

Resources for transfers

Transfer UC Application Webinars

Students can register at https://ucsb.secure.force.com/events#/list?category=Transfer&type=webinar,webinar:%20uc,webinar:%20major%20preparation,webinar:%20ucsb%20presentation,Virtual%20Transfer%20Appointment  for Transfer UC Application Webinars on Nov.30

UC Application Playlist for community college students

Here is the Step-by-Step UC Application Tutorial for California Community College students for an inside look at each section of the UC application: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLW_fdYPM77ddwN98JDmsaMJdnZ5NGHcm4

Open Q&A for Counselors on Facebook Live

Students Can "Ask Us Anything" on the UC Instagram Story

Helpful links

To help keep track of the maze of deadlines and applications, Ojai Unified School District is providing important links and helpful information on applications, financial aid workshops, scholarship opportunities and college air links.

   

OUSD College and Career Center 

The Ojai Unified School District College and Career Center is open for appointments via Zoom Monday through Friday, 2 to 3 p.m. Send a message to Sarah Escobar to request an appointment. Parents and students can also join the OUSD College and Career Center (CCC) ParentSquare group for the latest updates and information. Call 805-640-4343, ext. 3, to learn how to join that group.

 

Ojai Unified School District has a "College and Career Ready" handbook that can be found online at:

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1QFti1Qbp1t4COfN_12hJuSWxVduGltOeUZdTh2_LRmk/edit#slide=id.p

 OUSD also has an excellent site for information about colleges scholarships, college visits, financial aid information AND MORE at:

https://sites.google.com/ojaiusd.org/nhscollegeandcareercenter

 

Fashion Institute of Design virtual meeting Dec. 3

Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising will host a virtual meeting Dec. 3 at 2:15 pm. To register, click https://ojaiusd.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwrceyrqDgvGdOmZAeVEIuLDo0BMN8ZwhA-

 

Ventura College application workshops

Ventura College is hosting two virtual VC Application Workshops on Friday, Dec. 11, at 1 and 2 p.m. For more details and to register click https://www.parentsquare.com/signin.

 

Financial aid information

The Financial Aid Nights held last month provided important information, presented by college financial aid experts from Ventura College, offering financial aid information for students applying to all institutions, from college to vocational school. For those who missed the presentation, the presentation materials can be seen in English and Spanish at: https://www.venturacollege.edu/departments/student-services/financial-aid/resources/financial-aid-presentations.

Click on the top bar for "Financial Aid - Scholarships," then in the next window, scroll down on the right-hand column and click on "Presentations & Materials."

The Ventura College financial aid staff can also answer questions for students applying for financial aid or filling at the FAFSA form for other institutions. They can be reached Monday through Thursday at: 805-289-6369.

 

Scholarship information

 

To view scholarship databases for all institutions, visit: https://venturacollegefoundation.org/scholarships/ and scroll down near the end to "Other scholarships."

 

Community College Information — BARGAIN OF THE CENTURY —

Students can attend Ventura College FREE for two years!

Ventura College is hosting two virtual VC Application Workshops on Friday, Dec. 11, at 1 and 2 p.m. For more details and to register click https://www.parentsquare.com/signin.

 

Students can attend Ventura College FREE for two years through VC Promise, available to students who are first-year community college students who take a full load of courses.  (VC Promise is not based on income.)

Ventura College Foundation’s first-year VC Promise waives tuition fees for qualified first-year community college students who can now attend two consecutive school years at Ventura College tuition-free.

 Visit the Ventura College Office of Financial Aid's website or contact them at 805-289-6369 for more information. For more information on VC Promise, visit: https://venturacollegefoundation.org/vc-promise/

Ventura College also offers a "First Year Experience" program that provides free college counseling and priority course registration to first-year community college students. For more information on the First Year Experience, visit: https://www.venturacollege.edu/departments/student-services/first-year-experience. To sign up for the First Year Experience, call: 805-289-6438 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  

For ANY financial aid, families MUST fill out "FAFSA" form by March 2, 2021
— the sooner, the better

Families who want to be eligible for any type of financial aid need to fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form:

https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa

Deadlines for many state financial aid programs: March 2, 2021 (date postmarked). 

 

Cal Grant also requires submission of a school-certified GPA by March 2, 2021. 

 

For additional community college Cal Grants: Sept. 2, 2021 (date postmarked) 

California DREAM Act for students who are not U.S. citizens

If you’re a noncitizen without a Social Security card or had one issued through the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, you should fill out the California Dream Act Application found at dream.csac.ca.gov. Contact the California Student Aid Commission csac.ca.gov or your financial aid administrator for more information.

 More student scholarship, loans and grants information

The U.S. Department of Education has excellent information on student loans and grants at:

https://www.ed.gov

 

Charlie Maynard, co-founder of a free scholarship search service, provides a free platform, called “Going Merry ( https://www.goingmerry.com ) to help students find and apply for private scholarships, college financial aid and government grants, in one place.

According to the founder, some 350,000 students and 7,500 school counselors use the service.

 

It also has links to:

 

— the “Common App,” which allows students to use one application to apply to multiple colleges/universities:

https://www.commonapp.org

 

— MyIntuition ( https://myintuition.org ), which provides an online calculator to give students a financial aid estimate based on six simple questions. 

 

— Fair Opportunity Project ( https://www.fairopportunityproject.org ) provides free college application and financial aid guides to every public school in America.

 

To read Maynard’s June 30, 2020 New York Times Op-Ed, “Billions in College Aid Hiding in Plain Sight,” visit: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/30/opinion/college-financial-aid.html?action=click&module=Opinion&pgtype=Homepage

 

Students who want to be eligible to apply to a California public university, (UC or CSU),
need to take "a-g" courses in high school and get a grade of C or above in those classes

Page 12 of the Nordhoff High School college handbook lists the "A-G" list, which lists the courses that University of California and California State University schools want students to take to be eligible to apply for their schools. The list notes that many other universities have similar requirements. Because the grades for those classes cannot be below a "C," students who receive a D or F in any of the "A-G" courses can make them up through summer school or other online courses offered through OUSD or elsewhere. It is important for those seeking admission to any UC or CSU to make up the classes for which the student has earned a D or F.

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Early Academic Outreach Program helps more students prepare for higher education

UC Santa Barbara has a video on its Early Academic Outreach Program to help high schools get more students to prepare for higher education:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MejfGj93LVw&app=desktop

 

Reports and articles on California student readiness for higher education 

 
• California State Auditor released a well-publicized report, released in February 2017, called "College Readiness of California’s High School Students The State Can Better Prepare Students for College by Adopting New Strategies and Increasing Oversight." It can be viewed at: https://www.auditor.ca.gov/pdfs/reports/2016-114.pdf
 

• The University of California provides online courses to assist students meet the A-G requirements called UCScout: https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/press-room/uc-expands-free-online-course-offerings-california-high-school-students

• News organization CalMatters published an article in February 2020 about disparities in education: https://calmatters.org/explainers/achievement-gap-california-explainer-schools-education-disparities-explained/

• The Ventura County Star reported in April 2017 on the few numbers of high school students in Ventura County meeting minimum public university admission standards:

https://www.vcstar.com/story/news/education/schoolwatch/2017/04/06/most-ventura-county-students-not-ready-state-universities/99492846/

• To view the California Department of Education College/Career Readiness Calculations visit:

https://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/ac/cm/ccical.asp 

 • To view the California Department of Education College / Career Measures Reports and Data for Ojai Unified School District, visit:

https://www6.cde.ca.gov/californiamodel/ccireport?Year=2019&cdcode=5672520&scode=

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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