Scrambling for a Backup Plan?

If you are still searching for backup options for Fall 2020, here are some resources to help you move forward.

California Community Colleges

For high school graduates who are considering community college, follow the steps outlined in my previous post: Freshman Applicants – Backup Plan (Community Colleges).

Gap Year

Maybe going to (or staying at) a community college is not for you. Consider taking a gap year and broaden your horizons (and add a wealth of new experiences to your next UC Application).

Agencies that have programs running (2020-2021) include Student Conservation AssociationCity Year, and AmeriCorps.

“Discounted” Out-of-State Colleges that are Still Accepting Applications

The Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE), a program of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), allows students of participating western states to attend certain two- or four-year colleges and pay only 150% of the college’s regular resident tuition (instead of nonresident tuition). WICHE member states are Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

To get the most accurate and up-to-date WUE admissions information (including whether the institution is still accepting applications and if financial aid/scholarships are still available), find the colleges you are interested in on the WUE institutions list and contact the admissions office to inquire (click on the institution name and then scroll down to the WUE Contact Info). You may need to follow special application instructions in order to qualify for WUE consideration. Some WUE colleges may honor AB 540, you will need to contact the college’s admissions office to verify.

Other Colleges that are Still Accepting Applications

The National Association for College Admission Counseling has a list of member colleges that are still accepting applications for Fall 2020 here. Search the list for colleges that are still accepting applications for freshman and transfer admission.

The Regional Admission Counselors of California (RACC) has a list of member colleges that are still accepting applications for Fall 2020 here. The best thing about these colleges is that they want California students! Many also offer merit scholarships to California students (GPA requirements and deadlines vary). Contact the admission counselor on the report to inquire about current space availability.


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