• 2019-2020 College Planning

    12th Grade


    • Make a list of college characteristics that are important to you; i.e. regions of the country; cost; schools that offer particular majors, etc. Check the college catalogs available in the Career Center. Be sure to research on the computer. (Ex. California State University’s: calstate.edu/Apply, www.universityofcalifornia.edu, www.californiacolleges.edu & www.collegiatechoice.com
    • Check college requirements and meet with your counselor for grad-check. If you plan on playing collegiate sports be sure to check your Core Course Completion. Eligibility check list, available in the College & Career Center @ http://web3.ncaa.org/ECWR2/NCAA_EMS/NCAA_EMS.html#
    • Take the necessary entrance exams for college: SAT Reasoning OR ACT (w/writing) and SAT Subjects tests.
    • Test dates & study information is available in the College & Career Center.
    • You should take your SAT/ACT test by December. REMEMBER TO REGISTER BY THE DEADLINE.
    • You can register online@: ACT: actstudent.org and SAT: www.collegeboard.org
    • Military or Vocational--Visit the College & Career Center for information and contact numbers.
    • Register with College & Career Center for ASVAB testing. Test dates are throughout the school year.
    • Stay informed about LHS College events: Remind – text 81010 Message @lhs-ccctr


    • Make a list of all your accomplishments, achievements, & community service while in high school. This is valuable information for college and scholarship applications. You can pick up a templet in the Career Center.
    • Be sure to listen to announcements and sign-up for college visits in the Career Center.
    • Attend College Night at Freedom High School, 10/17/2019, 6-8pm.
    • Review private/out of state institutions’ web sites for application process and timeline.
    • Letters of Recommendation are required with some college applications & scholarships. Utilize the Student Request for Letter of Recommendation form, found on the College & Career Center website. (Provide a minimum two-week notice.)
    • Begin final edit of your UC Personal Statement, Link to the prompt: http://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/how-to-apply/personal-statement/
    • Look for institutional scholarships for each college that you will apply to. Register at fastweb.com
    • Find out which financial aid application your college requires, FAFSA or CSS Profile.


    • California State University: apply on line at calstate.edu/apply. Application period begins 10/1 and ends 11/30.
    • Beginning 10/1/2019, apply online for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) @ fafsa.ed.gov or Cal Dream Act @ www.csac.ca.gov DO NOT APPLY UNTIL AFTER OCT. 1 and select the 2020/2021 school year.
    • Want to go out of state for College & save money, Go to wiche.edu/ca (Western Undergraduate Exchange Program)
    • Attend Snacks & Apps sessions for help with college and FAFSA applications. Check with Career Center for dates & times.
    • Attend Financial Aid Night 10/22/2019, from 6:30-8pm in the PAC, for parents and students.
    • Create an FSA ID for both student and parent. This is an electronic signature for the financial aid application. Visit fafsa.ed.gov and click on the FSA ID tab.


    • University of California: apply on-line (or mail) to the University of California (UC) during the month of November www.universityofcaifornia.edu; UC Application period 11/1 - 11/30.

    **If you have not done so, have the TESTING COMPANY SEND your SAT, ACT, SAT II test scores to the colleges. Requests can be made online at www.collegeboard.org or at www.actstudent.org Save money by sending your scores to all CSU’s at once, by inputting the code 3594. If you send your SAT’s to a UC then ALL UC’s will have access to your scores. Be sure to send your ACT scores to each school or visit www.csumentor.org for additional options.

    • Check your college communication emails/student portal and READ THEM - follow the directions given!
    • LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS become available on the LHS College and Career Center web page November 1st and are due January 11th at 4PM– NO EXCEPTIONS!
    • Create Cal Grant account five (5) days after completing your FAFSA.


    • Check deadlines for mailing applications to private colleges.
    • December is the last date for most Fall term College Freshman to take the SAT, ACT and SAT II (verify with your institution).



    • Check your college communication emails/student portal and READ THEM - follow the directions given!!!!
    • Check College/University Housing requirements, you may need to apply now!
    • Register with College & Career Center for ASVAB. January TBA



    • Check your FAFSA AND GPA VERIFICATION applications to ensure they have been properly completed before the DEADLINE. Keep a copy of your FAFSA form. Track your Cal Grant at webgrants4students.org
    • Register with College & Career Center for ASVAB. February or March. TBA.


    • Cal Grant Application closes, 3/2. Be sure you have completed the FAFSA.
    • Students attending Los Medanos College in the fall can register and take required assessment tests at Liberty HS. To find out more details stop by the College & Career Center.
    • Check your college communication emails/student portal and review acceptance and To-Do Lists.



    • Expect to hear from colleges by mid-April. Students should tell their counselors and the College & Career Center Coordinator about college acceptance and scholarship successes. Information is published in the Scholarship and Commencement Programs.
    • Register to take any required College Assessment Tests necessary for your particular college or university.
    • CSU & Junior College students check your CAASP results. Results are typically mailed home in August of your Junior year. You can also check with the College & Career Center or your Counselor for test results.


    • Graduates attending a 4-year institution need to request a final transcript to be mailed.
    • NCAA & NAIA Athletes need to send final transcript for approval.
    • Achievement Awards Night 5/12/2020 and Scholarship Night 5/19/2020; both events in the PAC.


    • Graduation, June 5, 2020.



    • Are there scholarships for junior college as well as a 4 year college? YES – you can find out more by visiting the college’s Financial Aid Office. 
    • Can the Local Scholarships be used at a junior college? YES – you never know what you can get, until you apply. 
    • If I go to a junior college, do I need to complete the FAFSA? YES – there are grants and waivers available. 
    • My parents make too much money, should I still complete the FAFSA? YES – let FAFSA make that decision, there are so many factors involved. 
    • Do colleges really look at my social media profiles? YES – be careful what you post, it never goes away.
    • Can a college rescind my acceptance? YES – your acceptance is contingent upon how you finish high school.
    • Are all college admission processes the same? NO – so keep track of admission requirements and deadlines.


    Visit your Counselor or stop by the College & Career Center for help!!!