Resources

Success in College
The transition to higher education can feel overwhelming at times. Luckily, there are many programs that provide support with your transition by helping you successfully navigate your college journey. Additionally, every school has resources and assistance available to students, so always ask for help and seek out support whenever needed. Resources: EOP (Educational Opportunity Program) at UC and...Read more
Getting to College
Once you hit the official application submit button, take a deep breath and congratulate yourself. It is a huge relief to finish the application process. However, keep in mind the next steps will be equally important for a smooth transition to college. Things to work on while you wait for your admission: Apply for financial aid ( FAFSA / Dream Act application by March 2 nd ; Scholarships). Set up...Read more
Getting to College
Although it is not a requirement for you to know exactly what career you want to pursue when entering college, it is important to think about different career options to determine which ones interest you the most. Certain careers may require or prefer specific majors, but generally, someone can major in something and have a different career that may not be directly translatable to the major...Read more
Getting to College
College choice matters a great deal since the campus you choose will be where you spend your time for the next few years. Some factors to consider when choosing a campus: Location School environment School size Student population Majors offered Cost of tuition and other expenses Types of financial aid available Activities available on campus Not all students enter college knowing exactly what...Read more
Getting to College
Each system of higher education has its own set of requirements. University of California (UC) A minimum of 15 college-preparatory courses, also known as a-g courses (certain courses under specific subject areas required by the UC and CSU systems) Must have a C or better in all a-g courses with minimum GPA of 3.0 Meet the examination requirement through ACT Plus Writing or SAT Reasoning Test...Read more
Getting to College
Each application for a particular post-secondary education system has certain eligibility requirements ranging from minimum GPA, specific required courses, personal statement or essay, admission tests, and supplementary documents. To make sure you have all the necessary requirements, it is extremely important to research the specific application process prior to applying. We recommend making a...Read more
Success in College
Although it is not a requirement for you to know exactly what career you want to pursue when entering college, it is important to think about different career options to determine which ones are of interest you. Certain careers may require or prefer specific majors, but generally, someone can major in something and have a different career that may not be directly translatable to the major...Read more
Getting to College
The options for post-secondary pathways in California include: Four-year colleges or universities Two-year colleges Career Technical Education programs Four-year options, which offer bachelor’s degrees, include the California State University, University of California, and Private and Independent Colleges and Universities. California Community Colleges offer different educational opportunities to...Read more
Paying for College
We know that paying for college can be a confusing and stressful piece of the puzzle. CEP strives to provide as much information as possible to assist students and families with the process. There are many publications and websites that provide information about paying for college. The following list provides links to several useful resources that are updated on a regular basis. I Can Afford...Read more
Paying for College
Various organizations offer extensive scholarship listings available to students. Many scholarships are available through an online application process. Fast Web
 Free scholarship search website for students and parents. Students/parents enter information into Fastweb database for scholarship matches. East Bay Consortium Scholarship Directory
 Free scholar directory managed by the East Bay...Read more
DREAMers
Educators for Fair Consideration www.e4fc.org Founded in 2006, Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC) empowers undocumented young people to pursue their dreams of college, career, and citizenship in the United States. We address the holistic needs of undocumented young people through direct support, leadership and career development, community outreach and education, creative expression, and...Read more
Paying for College
Financial aid is applied for via an online process. March 2nd is the priority deadline for FAFSA and most Federal, State, and Institutional aid. Some colleges and universities may have an earlier deadline. High school counselors and/or CEP contacts can provide further information about financial aid and deadlines. FAFSA Application Portal The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a...Read more
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Curriculum
Fast Forward to College ( ▸▸ FWD): 25 Minutes at a Time is a fully sequenced set of 240 interactive, easy to implement lessons and activities for grades 6 through 12 to be used in school, community or after school settings to foster college and career knowledge and planning. Cost: Yearly subscriptionRead more
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Curriculum
The Realizing the College Dream (RTCD) curriculum (sponsored by the ECMC Foundation) guides teachers, counselors and youth-development specialists to increase expectations of attending college by low-income and first generation college students and their families. The 9 workshops/lessons are designed to be flexible, from 30 to 90 minutes, geared for middle and high school students, provide them...Read more
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The Believeing the College Dream (BTCD) curriculum (sponsored by ECMC Foundation) guides teachers, counselors and community organizations to increase the aspirations of attending college by prospective low-income, first generation college students in grades 4-8. The 16 lessons that focus on connecting home, school and community are flexible and take an average of 60 minutes to complete, strive to...Read more
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Curriculum
CEP develops comprehensive parent curriculum focused on college knowledge. Parents and families are often left behind with misinformation and a lack of understanding about how to support their children on the college journey. This is especially true of low-income families, immigrant communities and families without college experiences. These workshops are designed to build on parent and family...Read more