ERHS College Center
It's a New Year, New Goals!
You did it Seniors! You made it to the November 30th deadline and submitted your Cal State and UC Applications, CONGRATULATIONS!
Many of you still have Private College deadlines on the Common Application, you got this!
There are some other tasks to complete which I will provide more information on soon, at this point the main task I want every senior to focus on is submission of your FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application. If you need help with this see in the College Center.
12th grade Updates
What should all seniors be doing now?
1. Apply to a CSU, UC and/or Common Application. (See Links below)
2. File the FAFSA or California Dream Act. (See Links below)
3. Do you need a Counselor Letter of Recommendation? Scroll down and click on the Letter of Recommendation image.
4. Need a resume? See the Sample Resume and create your own.
5. Check out Best Colleges in California below.
Summer Programs Websites
START WORKING ON YOUR BRAG SHEET
Please complete this Senior Brag Sheet completely and carefully. The information you provide will be used to help your counselor and teachers write your letter of recommendation for colleges. Download and type into the form.
GRADING SCALES- A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1 D IS A PASSING GRADE
There have been many questions about all of the different GPAs we have at LAUSD, so we have decided to share.
LAUSD Official GPA– cumulative GPA of 20th and 40th week grades through 12th grade -20th week. AP classes are augmented .025 per semester, and a few Honors classes are weighted.
LAUSD Unweighted GPA- No weighting given to any Honors or AP classes. This question is asked on the Common Application.
UC (Capped) GPA- This GPA is for your UC Applications. Some campuses will “cap” the number of AP classes at 8 per semester.
UC (Weighted) GPA-The UC Transcript shows a GPA at the bottom that weights all AP grades and some Honors grades. Classes in which the student received a D or F, but has made up the class will show both the original and made up grade.
CSU GPA-AP and some Honors classes are weighted. Classes made up because of an original D or F- CSU only counts the grade in the class that was received aftee the D or F.
NCAA GPA-This GPA counts only the classes that are on the NCAA 48H approved list by the district. This list is in the process of being updated at the district level.
Financial Aid GPA- The GPA that is electronically sent from LAUSD District Offices to the California Student Aid Commission. Only 10th & 11th grades are included, no PE grades, no JROTC grades, etc. Certain summer school grades are counted -summer after 10th grade and summer after 11th grade.
Graduates Financial Aid GPA-Post-Includes the 12th grade solid classes also. Given when a graduate comes back for a GPA.
College Application Checklist
Let's do this!
☐ 1. Create your FSA ID & then file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon after Oct. 1 as possible. This determines your eligibility for federal funds and many colleges & sates use the form when distributing grants, so don’t delay.
☐ 2. Create your college application calendar, add the deadlines for all of your colleges, scholarships, and financial aid applications and documents that have to be submitted.
☐ 3. Start the CSU Application, see link below. The GPA requirement is a CSU GPA of 2.5 and above and a grade of C or better in your A-G Courses.
☐ 4. If you haven’t started them yet…start your Brag Sheet, the UC Application (GPA requirement 3.0 & above) and/or Common Application. Not sure where you’re applying, see Mrs. Marquez.
☐ 5. Request your Teacher Recommendations and Counselor Recommendation from either Ms. Marquez, Ms. Amirouche, or Mr. Malmed in-person. Then complete the Google Form request from the button on the top of this newsletter.
☐ 6. Get started and/or finalize the writing requirements for your college applications, some include the following:
-CSU EOP Application- 5 autobiographical statements
-UC Application- 4 Personal Insight Questions (PIQ’s) of 350 words each
-Common Application- Personal Statement of 650 words
-Supplements for your other colleges & universities that you are applying to
-Scholarship Essay requirements…
☐ 7. Research scholarships. Check out the scholarship links I have listed below, there are so many organizations that are waiting for you to apply for their scholarships. You should never pay for scholarship information.
☐ 8. After your FAFSA has been processed (you will know when you receive an email from fafsa.gov), you are to create your Webgrant Account
Financial Aid Steps
Step 1: Create an FSA ID (For Student & Parent)
Note: If you have an older sibling, your parent may have created an FSA ID previously, use the same one.
Step 2: File your FAFSA for students who are citizens or permanent residents.
File 2023-2024 FAFSA Application first!
2022-2023 FAFSA (This application will makes you eligible to receive federal funds to help pay Freshmen year.)
If you file the 2022-2023 FAFSA (This application makes you eligible to receive federal funds during the summer before you start Freshmen year in college.
If you are undocumented and/or have no social security number you are to file a California Dream Act Application (CADAA)
Step 3: Once your FAFSA has been processed create your Webgrant Account https://mygrantinfo.csac.ca.gov/ to learn if you’re eligible for a Cal Grant
Step 4: If you’re applying to Private Colleges & Universities, check to see if they require the CSS Profile, if so file this with your parent before the deadline
WATCH THE VIDEO ON FAFSA UPDATES & TIPS
Application Opens October 1st- Deadline November 30th
Each application is $70
4 Application Fee Waivers are available for students that meet the income criteria
Application Opened August 1st- Deadline November 30th
Each Application fee is $70
4 application fee waivers available for students that meet the income criteria
UC Personal Insight Questions Guide
Application Opened August 1st- Deadlines vary for every college or university that you add to the Common Application
LAUSD Graduation Requirements
A passing grade of a D or better fulfills the LAUSD graduation requirements. Keep in mind that you must earn a C or better in your A-G requirements if you want to apply to a Cal State University (CSU) or University of California (UC).
A-G requirements are the minimum requirements to apply to the California University systems that include the California State University (CSU) and the University of California (UC). The minimum grade you must earn for all A-G courses is a 'C' or better. As for Private colleges and universities it is important to review the school's website for specific admissions requirements.
College Search Tools
LAUSD Graduation Requirements
Top 8 Scholarships
1. Cherry Hawk Scholarship: Cancer Patient/Survivor (or Child of)
2. Black American Engineering Scholarship Award
3. McDonald’s® HACER® National Scholarship
4. HSF Scholarship
5. Banatao Family Filipino American Education Fund
6. TheDream.US National Scholarship
7. Bridging the Dream Scholarship Program for High School Seniors
8. Outstanding Filipino Youth Awards
Scholarship Search Engines
https://bold.org/ Fighting Student Debt, this site allows you to apply to various scholarships
Mexican American Legal Defense & Educational Fund Excellent site for students that are undocumented
THE DREAM SCHOLARSHIPS FOR UNDOCUMENTED STUDENTS OPENS NOV. 1
3. A Guide to Credit for Latinos: https://www.moneygeek.com/credit-cards/resources/credit-guide-for-hispanics-latinos/