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How Will COVID-19 Affect Your College and Financial Aid Applications?

 
 
The following information is retrieved from https://www.californiacolleges.edu/#/covid19
 
As a senior, you probably have a lot of questions about how the coronavirus (COVID-19) could affect college admissions and financial aid. California colleges and financial aid providers know you’re worried. They’re responding and making changes as fast as they can to help make sure you can still start college in the fall.

Below are critical COVID-19 updates for California colleges and financial aid.

The California State University is committed to helping high school students overcome college admissions challenges presented by the physical closures of schools. The CSU has taken steps to ensure students are not adversely impacted by these disruptions and can achieve their CSU education as scheduled.

To help high school students overcome the college admissions challenges presented by the physical closures of schools, The CSU has temporarily relaxed some undergraduate admissions standards for newly admitted students to account for changes in grading and administration of standardized tests. All CSU campuses are prepared to be as flexible as possible when working with fall 2020 applicants on meeting admission requirements and selection. This flexibility will vary by university and potentially by major applied due ​to impaction. Therefore, you will need to check your college email and campus portals regularly for updates. Guidance for incoming First-Time First-Year Students for Fall 2020 can be found here.

If you have specific questions, please contact campuses via email. Campus contact information can be found here.  Please note that the CSU is transitioning some of their staff to work remotely, and it might take time for a response.
 

Admission Updates

  • The CSU will be as flexible as possible about admission requirements. 
  • Pass/No Pass or Credit/No Credit courses completed in winter, spring, or summer 2020 can count toward “a-g” requirements. (The CSU will still only use graded courses to calculate your GPA.)
  • It’ll be up to each campus to decide whether or not to extend the intent to enroll or housing deposit deadlines. 
  • The CSU won’t offer the Early Start Program in Summer 2020. Your campus may still offer Summer Bridge or other summer programs virtually. 
  • Scores of 3, 4, or 5 on spring 2020 AP exams can still count for college credit even though the exam format is different. 


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The University has temporarily suspended some of its requirements for admitted students to ensure that they are able to enroll as planned. It also expects to work with students to adjust financial aid packages if family financial circumstances have changed.

In addition, UC has temporarily relaxed some undergraduate admissions policies to ensure high school and transfer students are not penalized by their inability to earn letter grades for academic classes or take standardized tests during the COVID-19 pandemic.
 

Admission Updates

  • May 1 is still the deadline for freshmen to accept an offer of admission. (UC calls this the Statement of Intent to Register.) If you need more time or can’t pay your deposit, contact the admissions office.
  • The UC is temporarily easing up on admission requirements. 
  • If you apply for fall 2021 freshman admission, you won’t have to take the ACT or SAT. (If you do take one of these exams, you can still send in your scores.)
  • Pass/No Pass or Credit/No Credit courses completed in spring or summer 2020 can count toward “a-g” requirements. (The UC will still only use graded courses to calculate your GPA.)
  • Scores of 3, 4, or 5 on spring 2020 AP exams can still count for college credit even though the exam format is different. 


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Modesto Junior College

MJC will be starting workshops via Zoom for high school seniors. They will be offering eight different workshops per week via Zoom. This will allow students to ask questions and get real-time assistance during the workshop just as they would at their High School.  It is important that if the student does not attend the Zoom workshops they still complete the check-in form for each workshop they attend. ­­­­­­­­­This will allow the MJC office to track the students and make sure they get credit for c­­­­­­ompleting Core Steps needed for priority registration. Not only will MJC be sending these invitations via email they can register for the workshops on the MJC webpage.

https://www.mjc.edu/studentservices/ssa/workshops.php

 

San Joaquin Delta College
Getting Started at Delta College, Part 1: Steps to Enrolling at Delta College. Delta plans to host on April 30th from 3:00 to 4:00 pm. This a panel-style workshop where presenters will guide the audience on where they need to go on the website to complete the steps to enroll at the college, contact information as well as where they can get help along the way. Students will need to register using the link.
 
 

Enrollment Updates

  • You can still apply online through CCCApply
  • Even though campus buildings are closed, CCCs are offering services virtually.
  • After you enroll, your CCC will contact you to help with the next steps. 
  • You can meet with a counselor online or by phone. 


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Admission Updates

  • In general, AICCU campuses aren’t changing their admissions deadlines. Contact your campus if you need an extension.
  • AICCU campuses will be as flexible as possible about admission requirements. 
  • Some examples of flexibility include:
    • Counting Pass/No Pass or Credit/No Credit courses toward admission requirements.
    • Changing how Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) courses and exams factor into admissions decisions. 
    • Not requiring the ACT or SAT. 
  • Changes to admissions requirements will be different at each campus. Look for the latest updates on your campus website. 


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Key Updates

  • If your family’s financial situation has changed because of COVID-19, contact your college’s financial aid office. If you have more financial need, you may be able to get more financial aid. 
  • The California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) is working with high schools to get students’ Cal Grant GPA, as usual. 
  • Requirements for the Cal Grant, California College Promise Grant, Middle Class Scholarship, and other state financial aid have not changed. 


Resources

  • Your college financial aid office is your best resource for financial aid questions. 
  • Visit your college’s website for the latest updates and contact information. 
 

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Escalon High School Students/Parents,

 

The Counseling Department understands this is a difficult time for all involved having to adapt to a new way of receiving education and/or services to support each other. As a department, we wanted to reach out to let you know we are available to all students.  If for any reason you would like to discuss the adjustments to the current circumstances in which we face, please feel free to contact your counselor using their email. Make sure to leave your phone number so that your counselor can call you back.  We are all in this together, so please take care and stay healthy.

 

Sincerely,

Your Counseling Department