University of California System News
Highlights from the Counselor Conference
Half of our MC teaching/advising team attended the UC Counselor Conference last week. Here's what we learned:
69,972 California residents were admitted for Fall 2017 -- 62.6% admit rate
Freshman Admission Matrix (this hasn't been updated for Fall 2018 applicants yet, but when it does, I'll update the link)
Juniors, start planning now by using this guide.
We're primarily focused on freshman applications in our CCR classes, but students who are considering transferring to UC should check out the UC Transfer Admissions Planning website, this planner, this guide to the transfer application, the ASSIST website, DegreeWorks (within your WebSmart account), and should meet with a college transfer counselor this spring. UC also updated the Transfer Pathways program.
Seniors, you must submit SAT and ACT scores from tests taken on or before December 2017.
Juniors, we recommend that you take the PSAT in October, and then the SAT and/or the ACT in June (conveniently offered after finals and before the summer session).
Take a road trip, check out the university!
Some of the UC campuses have scheduled preview days for interested students and families. Check their websites for more information:
Seniors, check out these resources!
Paying for your UC education
It may cost less than you think.
•Most families pay less than the full price of attending UC.
•Over half of resident undergraduates pay no systemwide tuition at all.
•About two-thirds of students receive grants and scholarships, with an average award of around $16,600.
All students should apply for financial aid.
•This is the only way to guarantee consideration for every type of aid possible, regardless of income level.
Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan
How does it work?
•The Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan gives California families who qualify for financial aid the assurance that they won’t have to pay UC’s systemwide tuition and fees if their total income is less than $80,000 and they demonstrate sufficient financial need.
•Qualified students must be in their first four years of attendance for students entering as freshmen (first two for transfer students).
How do students apply?
•Students must file a FAFSA or the California Dream Act Application and Cal Grant GPA Verification form by March 2 of the year they plan to enter UC.
•No separate application is needed; students will receive benefits automatically if they qualify.
Middle Class Scholarship
California’s Middle Class Scholarship (MCS) program provides scholarships to undergraduate California students who apply for aid by March 2 and have family incomes and household assets up to $165,000.
Eligible students will be notified of the actual scholarship amount by the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC).
For more information, please see Paying for UC.