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

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If you’re a senior in high school, 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 make sure you can still launch your plan.

COVID-19 Resources & Updates for Students in California

Below are key COVID-19 updates for California colleges and financial aid. We’ll update this page as new information becomes available. Check back often! 

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. 


MJC is now fully online with no face-to-face services being offered.  MJC has moved to remote operations. All face-to-face classes are being conducted remotely. All MJC They are fully operating remotely to ensure students complete the metrication process and have a smooth transition from High School to Modesto Junior College.  

They have sent an email out to all of the students who have attended EHS workshops at our high school.  If you have not applied to MJC you can still do so.


MJC will continue to work with our students to ensure priority registration for the Fall 2020 semester.  They will be offering various workshops via Zoom to help students with the matriculation process (application, orientation, and education planning, as well as, activating PiratesNet, Student Email, Starfish and assistance in registering for courses. They plan to have a schedule of workshops sometime soon.  MJC is providing services to students remotely through email (general questions email:  and/or live chat: contact via Live Chat through the MJC website ( orange button at the bottom right-hand corner)


Update as of 4/20/20:  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 MJC webpage.

San Joaquin Delta College is doing everything it can to maintain instruction, services, and support to students.  They have moved their classes online through summer 2020.  They have also moved student services and support online as well.  Recently they announced that the college will continue to provide instruction and support services remotely until the public health threat posed by COVID-19 subsides.  Previously, they had hoped to return to normal operations on April 6, however, an announcement was made that the date is extended indefinitely.  Here is a link to a website with both instructional and student services information.


Delta College is here to support students’ needs.  Particularly seniors as they prepare to transition to post-secondary life. 

Delta has created resources for students related to remote instruction.  Here is the website with additional information. 


Update as of 4/20/20:  Delta College workshop, Getting Started at Delta College, Part 1: Steps to Enrolling at Delta College. Delta plans to host on April 30th from 3:00 pm-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.  Attached is the flyer in jpeg and pdf. 


Below, is also including two other resources that would be beneficial for students, the EOPS program and a webinar hosted by Immigrants Rising for undocumented high school students interested in attending college. 



Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) is accepting applications for the Summer Readiness Program (SRP).

The SRP is a six-week summer program designed for first-time college students who are eligible for EOPS.

The program is designed to promote academic and personal growth, as well as offer an orientation to San Joaquin Delta College and four-year university transfer information.

 **Note: due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the program will exclusively be offered remotely**

 Applications open April 2020 until filled.  Link to the application is below:

For more information, you can email


Immigrants Rising

Are you an undocumented high school or transfer student in California who wants to go to college? Do you have questions about how to apply, attend, or pay for college? Join us LIVE on Instagram to get the support you need.

We want you to make decisions based on your potential, not your perceived limits. Find out what’s possible with our customized resources and support.

Now more than ever, many of us feel alone and confused about how we’re going to achieve our college and career goals in the COVID era. But you don’t have to do it alone!

Every Monday from 3-4 PM and Tuesday from 12-1 PM we’re going live on Instagram to answer your education-related questions and reassure you that you don’t have to give up on your academic dreams.

Follow us on Instagram to join us LIVE starting on Monday, April 20th.


For information about Immigrants Rising or resources for undocumented students, please contact



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 intent to enroll or housing deposit deadlines. 
  • You’ll be placed into first-year English and math based on courses you’ve completed; your GPA; and SBAC, ACT, or SAT test scores you’ve submitted so far. 
  • Scores of 3, 4, or 5 on spring 2020 AP exams can still count for college credit even though the exam format is different. 
  • The CSU won’t offer the Early Start Program in Summer 2020. Your campus may still offer Summer Bridge or other summer programs virtually.


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 upon 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. 


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. 


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. 


  • 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.