College Counseling

SCHOOL CEEB CODE: 052489
Email:motero@discoveryprep.org

                                                                                             Ms. Otero’s College Counseling Website

College Center

  • PROVIDED BY Discovery Charter Preparatory School
  • SAT Subject and ACT forms – including fee waivers.
  • FAFSA, CAL GRANT AND CSS PROFILE financial aid forms.
  • Scholarship listings in the Discovery Charter Prep Scholarship Directory.
  • College application fee waivers.
  • UC and CSU Application Workshops will be scheduled in October and early November.
  • Financial Aid Workshops will be scheduled in the Spring.

SAT

  • SAT web site: www.collegeboard.com
  • UC and most Cal States will accept test scores from the December test date of senior year.
  • Other colleges – check individual application deadlines.
  • Can only take SAT Reasoning Test or SAT Subject Test- NOT BOTH – on any given test date.
  • When signing up for a SAT Subject test date, student may take 1, or 2 Subject Tests on one test date.

Summary Of Student Responsibilities

  • Register and take required tests – SAT Reasoning Test, SAT Subject Tests, or ACT with writing.
  • Arrange for test scores to be sent to colleges.
  • Obtain college applications & Financial Aid forms from each college.
  • Review essay topics for all colleges of interest and write the essays.
  • Complete and send in each college application and financial aid materials.

Private And Out Of State Public Colleges

  • Student must request a letter of recommendation in person first.
  • Private colleges and out-of-state universities require a written recommendation from a school counselor. Students must complete the”Brag Sheet” for the Counselor, by a predetermined date, in order to have this letter written.

Act

  • ACT web site: www.act.org
  • UC and most Cal States will accept test scores from the December test date of senior year.
  • UC REQUIRES ACT with Writing.

SAT

  • SAT web site: www.collegeboard.com
  • UC and most Cal States will accept test scores from the December test date of senior year.
  • Other colleges – check individual application deadlines.
  • Can only take SAT Reasoning Test or SAT Subject Test- NOT BOTH – on any given test date.
  • When signing up for a SAT Subject test date, student may take 1, or 2 Subject Tests on one test date.

SAT Reasoning and SAT Subject Test Schedule

ACT Schedule

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Financial Aid Information

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How to Apply for Financial Aid

FAFSA: Complete if you are a US Citizen OR Permanent Resident

Step 1: Create a Federal Student Aid ID (FSAID) CLICK HERE (fsaid.ed.gov)

Step 2: Complete online FAFSA application: CLICK HERE (fafsa.ed.gov)

Students must complete the FAFSA every year to be eligible to receive federal and state aid. Schools use the information reported on your FAFSA to determine your financial aid package. Your Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) will be based on several factors including:

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California Dream Act: Complete if you are AB540- Undocumented Student

  • Annual family income and household size
  • Family assets
  • Number of dependents attending college
  • Other forms of income
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California Dream Act: Complete if you are AB540- Undocumented Student

Online application: CLICK HERE (for CA colleges only)

There are tons of scholarships that do NOT require applicants to be citizens or legal residents. For more information about scholarships, AB 540 and the Dream Act application, visit the College Center. Go to E4FC or MALDEF for more information.

Academic-Requirements

California Dream Act: Complete if you are AB540- Undocumented Student

  • Annual family income and household size
  • Family assets
  • Number of dependents attending college
  • Other forms of income

Types of Financial Aid

1. Grants: Money that does NOT need to be repaid…FREE $$$$

CAL GRANT:

Need and merit based, state funded ca schools only.

 3.0 or higher high school GPA and financial need 3.0 or higher high school GPA and financial need
Up to $12, 192 for UC, up to $5,472 for CSU, up to $9, 223 for privates.
Renewable for up to 4 years (can be put on hold during community college)
2.0 or higher high school GPA and financial need
Year 1: Up to $1,473 living allowance
Year 2: Up to $1, 473 living allowance PLUS Cal Grant A
Renewable for up to 4 years (can be put on hold during community college)
Vocational programs (career based programs)
Up to $574 for books, tools, etc., fees waived
Renewable for up to 2 years

How to apply:

1. Complete FAFSA or Dream Act by March 2nd
2. GPA verification: LAUSD will send automatically
3. Create a Web Grants Account (click here to create) to check your Cal Grant eligibility and FAFSA status.

PELL GRANT:

Need based, federally funded, two or four-year universities

 Based on admission to school’s EOP program
Award Amount: $100-$1000
How to apply: Student must be considered low-income and be among the first in his or her family to complete college in the United States.
CSU: There is an additional EOP application (deadlines vary by campus) you must file ASAP after you have submitted your admission application.
Access EOP Application Here
Need based, federally funded, 4-year school
Award amount: $100-$4,000
How to apply: Complete FAFSA by March 2nd
Need and merit based
Award amount: Varies by school
How to apply: Complete FAFSA by March 2nd
For foster youth or former foster youth
Award Amount: Up to $5,000
How to apply: Complete FAFSA by March 2nd

How to apply:

Complete FAFSA by March 2nd
Award amount: $650-$5,645

2. Loans: Borrowed money you must repay.

Perkins Loan:

Subsidized (does not accrue interest until after college. Fixed 5% interest rate)
Loan Amount: Up to $3,000/year
How to apply: Complete FAFSA by March 2nd

Stafford/federal Direct Loan:

May be subsidized or unsubsidized (Interest accrues while in college. Not fixed interest rate)
Loan amount: $5,500-$7,500/year
How to apply: Complete FAFSA by March 2nd

3. Work Study: Financial assistance earned by student through on-campus employment.

4. Scholarships: FREE money awarded to students based on merit, need, interests, etc.

Financial assistance earned by student

Award Amount: Varies
How to Apply: Complete FAFSA by March 2nd and indicate interest in work study

Stafford/federal Direct Loan:

Award Amount: Varies
How to Apply: Visit the CHS College Center for a comprehensive list of available scholarships.
Check under the Discover Scholarships tab on your CampusSteps account.
Make an account on fastweb.com or scholarships.com