College Coach Resource Page
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Monthly Goals + Resources
- Milestone 5 – Revise and Finalize College Lists
- Milestone 6 – Draft College Essays
- Milestone 7 – Submit 8-10 Applications
- Milestone 8 – Apply for Financial Aid by 12/15/22
Head over to our College-Ready Milestones page to learn more about available resources and deadlines. Please note that each milestone has a suggested deadline. If a milestone deadline has passed, know that there is still time to submit the milestone forms. If your student has completed a milestone, please encourage them to mark it as completed on the College-Ready Milestones page. By completing all milestones, students may be eligible for the Scholars Program Scholarship. (We’ll notify you and your student before applications are due if they are eligible).
🎯 Upcoming College Application Deadlines
- Early Decision and Early Action: November 1st and/or November 15th
- California State University and University of California Application: November 30th at 11:59 pm
- FAFSA: ScholarMatch recommends submitting the FAFSA by December 15th
- Regular Decision: Varies by college, typically January 1st, January 15th, or February 1st.
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NOVEMBER 3RD – Writing & Revising UC PIQs – 6:00 PM (PST)
Recording Link HERE – Passcode: !Xh5Xf5*
NOVEMBER 14th – Cal Grant Regional Training Session A – 1:30 – 4:30 PM (PST)
This webinar is offered by the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) and will cover CSAC updates, institutional eligibility, Cal Grant overview, and CADAA. Register HERE
Students applying to the CSU system
The CSU system has just released the recordings and PDFs from their latest CSU Counselor Conference. Please click the button below to review PDFs and watch recordings. Access HERE
First-Gen College Student Celebration!
Did you know that November 8th is First-Generation College Student Celebration Day? Throughout the week of November 7-11, we will be highlighting our diverse community of first-gen students and graduates on a series of social media posts, and we would love for you to join in the fun with us! If you identify as a first-generation college graduate, we want to hear from you. Whether it’s a memory from your college days or a piece of advice for college-bound students, the content is up to you—as long as it relates to the first-generation college experience.
Advising First-Generation Students : A Panel Discussion
Join us for a panel discussion featuring students, coaches and advisors who will share reflections and advice (particularly around navigating the college application and transition process as a first-generation student).
Recording Link HERE Passcode: firstgen2022!
Community - Connect With Other Coaches
Unresponsive Student Protocol
The College Toolkit is our resource bank/archive documents, guides, and links on topics as wide ranging as how to build a balance college list, how to submit the FAFSA, scholarship lists, and more.
If you have resources you think should be added to the toolkit, we’d love to consider them!
Have questions? We’ve created this guide that can point you in the right direction.
Data Tracking & Reporting Needs: Submit your coach report for July here! Read through this document for more details.
Student Support Playbook: Review the playbook before your first conversation with students!
College Ready Milestones
Please note that the milestone deadlines are suggested. If a deadline has passed, know that there is still time to submit the milestone forms. If your student has completed a milestone, please encourage them to mark it as completed on the College-Ready Milestones page. Each milestone has resources to help students navigate each step of the process.
Student Communication and Engagement
Have you been matched with a student who isn’t responding? Has your scholar gone radio silent after you began working together? Is your student rescheduling all your meetings? We know from precedent that this unfortunately happens with a small number of our students each year, so we’ve created a few guides to help you out and clarify our expectations.
2021-2022 Program Calendar
Give the Gift of College
We deeply value and appreciate all of you! We simply couldn’t do this work without the dedication and commitment of so many folks who show up to support our students, rain or shine. If you’re in a position to support our work financially, we hope you’ll consider a gift to ScholarMatch this summer to help make college possible for even more students across the country. THANK YOU!