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Countdown to College with USF

For the second year in a row, we successfully teamed up with the University of San Francisco to host “Countdown to College,” an event aimed at preparing high school juniors and seniors for the college application process. No college topic was left uncovered: we dove into tips on personal statement writing, demystifying financial aid, and building a balanced college list! Thank you, USF, for being such huge champions of our students! We look forward to next year’s conference!

College Coaching is Back!

College Coaching is back in session! We’re seeking trained volunteers to work alongside high school students on college applications. Join us on any Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday evening (and a few select Saturdays)in September or October to support a high school student explore their college options, tackle college essays, and apply for scholarships. Take a look at our Volunteer Calendar for available coaching spots!

Volunteering for the first time? We’d love to have you! It only takes a couple hours to help transform a student’s life. Sign up to become a College Coach today to receive robust college counseling training from our staff before working one-on-one with a high school student.

Resources to Support College-Bound Students

Are you supporting a high school senior tackle their college applications? Check out these resources for helpful tips and tricks to support your student!


The New York Times compiled a list of tips from college admissions experts on how to write a stellar college application essay. Read their advice here!


Finding your best college fit is essential in the college application process. Check out our interactive tool, the ScholarMatcher, for a list of colleges that best support low-income students, and use our filters to refine your student’s college search.
Applications for the Jack Kent Cooke College Scholarship Program are now open! High-achieving high school seniors can now apply exclusively through The Common Application for a chance to receive a competitive scholarship and access to robust college advising services!


Mark October 1st, 2018 on your calendar for the official date that the FAFSA and Dream Act applications are open! This year, students will have the opportunity to submit their FAFSA through a new FAFSA phone application.

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