Important Dates

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Important Dates
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PSAT dates:

Wednesday, October 16, 2019, Saturday, October 19, 2019 or Wednesday, October 30
We recommend taking the PSAT starting in the freshman year. Students are advised to take the PSAT in sophomore and junior years. It is imperative that juniors take the PSAT in order to see if they qualify for the National Merit Scholarship. Check with your high school counselor to see when the PSAT will be given at your school. Registration typically begins in September of each school year.

Listed are the SAT and ACT test dates for the 19-20 school year, along with the registration deadlines. The registration deadlines below are for on-time registration; the late registration deadlines are 10-14 days later and require extra fees.
Juniors typically take their first round of tests in spring of the junior year.

SAT test dates:

Go to www.sat.org/register. Cost is $47.50 without essay or $64.50 with essay.  Students who receive free/reduced lunch can ask their counselor for a fee waiver.

  • August 24, 2019 (July 26, 2019 registration deadline)
  • October 5, 2019 (September 6, 2019 registration deadline)
  • November 2, 2019 (October 3, 2019 registration deadline)
  • *December 7, 2019 (November 8, 2019 registration deadline)
  • May 2, 2020 (April 3, 2020 registration deadline)
  • June 6, 2020 (May 8, 2020 registration deadline)

ACT test dates:

Go to www.actstudent.org to register. Cost is $50.50 for ACT w/out writing and $67 for ACT w/writing.  Students who receive free/reduced lunch can ask their counselor for a fee waiver.

  • September 14, 2019 (August 16, 2019 registration deadline)
  • October 26, 2019 (September 20, 2019 registration deadline)
  • *December 14, 2019 (November 8, 2019 registration deadline)
  • February 8, 2020  (January 10, 2020 registration deadline)
  • April 4, 2020 (February 28, 2020 registration deadline)
  • June 13, 2020  (May 8, 2020 registration deadline)
  • July 13, 2019 (June 14, 2019 registration deadline)
* All testing for seniors must be completed with the December test administration. (Some CSU campuses recommend earlier testing, i.e. Cal Poly, Long Beach, etc. Go to https://www2.calstate.edu/Apply for information on individual campus requirements.)
Seniors, do not wait to send your scores to the colleges where you are applying! You get 4 free score reports included with your initial registration fees. Use this or lose it! Not sending scores in a timely manner can result in your admission being revoked by the colleges.

UC/CSU and Private Colleges Application Dates:

University of California: Applications open August 1, 2019. You can begin filling out your applications, but you cannot send them until November 1, 2019.  The deadline for submitting applications to UC is November 30, 2019. To apply go to: www.universityofcalifornia.edu/apply

California State Universities: Applications open October 1, 2019. You can start sending your applications October 1, 2019. The deadline for submitting to all CSU campuses is November 30, 2019. To apply go to: https://www2.calstate.edu/apply

Private and out of state colleges: Please check with each individual campus for dates to apply and send applications. Many private and out of state colleges use the Common Application for multiple applications on one site. To apply go to: www.commonapp.org

 

Financial Aid:

In order to see if seniors qualify for financial aid, the FAFSA must be completed prior to each year in college.

FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid Application opens October 1, 2019, and there is a very strict deadline to submit FAFSA by March 2, 2020. To apply go to: www.fafsa.gov
*Seniors must choose the 2020-21  application on the FAFSA website.

Cal Grant GPA Verification Form: This form must be submitted by March 2, 2020 in order to see if you qualify for state aid. Many high schools submit this form electronically for the entire senior class. Check with your high school counselor to see what the policy is for submitting GPA verification. Cal Grants are only applicable for California colleges. For information go to: www.csac.ca.gov

 

Teresa and Jen are really there for the student and parent at all times and I love that they are local, dependable, and available. They analyze which colleges have the right programs to suit each individual client and that helped my fourth child get into one of his top choices that he thought was out of his reach. I cannot imagine going through the process again without having Jen and Teresa as our college guides.
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