Scrambling for a Backup Plan?

Here are some resources to help you move forward with Fall 2017.

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 community college (or another year of it) is not for you. Consider taking a gap year and see the world (and enrich your discussion for your UC Application next year). Check the American Gap Association for general information, a gap year planner, a list of accredited programs, additional resources, and financial aid information.

You can also find additional programs through lists compiled by TeenLife and Vistamar School. Other opportunities are available through organizations like Student Conservation Association, City Year, and AmeriCorps. There are also a variety of study abroad and exchange programs available and many offer scholarships to cover part or all of the expenses. One such program is Youth For Understanding.

“Discounted” 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, you must call the college’s admissions office and ask to speak to someone who is familiar with WUE. 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 Regional Admission Counselors of California (RACC) put out its 2017 RACC Application Deadline Report back in March. The best thing about these colleges is that they want California students! Many also offer merit scholarships to California students (GPA requirements vary). Contact the admission counselor on the report to inquire about current space availability.

The National Association for College Admission Counseling released its College Openings Update: Options for Qualified Students in May (the report does NOT appear to be accessible to the public as of 7/22/2017). Search the list for colleges that are still accepting applications for freshman and transfer admission.


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