College & Scholarship Resources
All SUSD 12th graders can (and should) apply for financial aid! In order to qualify for aid, students must complete the California Dream Act Application or the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). For more information, contact your school counselor.
The California Dream Act allows undocumented and nonresident documented students who meet certain provisions to apply for and receive private scholarships funded through public universities, state-administered financial aid, University grants, community college fee waivers, and Cal Grants. Students who live in California and meet the eligibility requirements of Assembly Bill (AB) 540 or AB 2000, as well as students who have a U Visa or TPS status, can use the California Dream Act application (CADAA). The California Dream Act Application can be found at www.caldreamact.org.
- University of California (UC) applications are due by November 30, 2018. Apply online at www.universityofcalifornia.edu.
- The California State University application period was extended to December 15, 2018. Apply online at https://www2.calstate.edu/.
- University of the Pacific applications for some of their impacted majors are due November 15. Apply online at www.pacific.edu.
- View a comprehensive list of deadlines at fafsa.ed.gov/deadlines.
Scholarships & Grants
*OPENS OCTOBER 1* FAFSA: The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a form that can be prepared annually by current and prospective college students to determine their eligibility for student financial aid for college and career school. Applications must be submitted by March 2, 2019.
2018-2019 SUSD Scholarship Catalog | SUSD Scholarship Application: A collection of scholarships offered by local (Stockton) individuals, service clubs and other organizations. To apply, use the SUSD Scholarship Application provided. Applications are due January 31, 2019.
ICanAffordCollege.com: The “I Can Afford College” campaign is a statewide, financial aid awareness initiative sponsored by the California Community Colleges. The site will connect you with financial aid for community colleges in California.
*NEW* Circled In: The Circle In scholarship is a $2,500 cash scholarship you can apply to any educational need such as tuition, books, transportation or even a car. It’s an easy scholarship to apply for, with no income brackets, no minimum GPA and no lengthy essay to write.
Financial Center Credit Union: Financial Center is accepting applications through April 26 for college grants. Click the link to read more.
University of the Pacific Community Involvement Program: The Community Involvement Program (CIP) is a comprehensive, need-based scholarship program for first-generation college students from the Stockton community who have demonstrated the potential for sustainable leadership, community awareness, and involvement.
Gates Millenium Scholars Program: The Gates Millenium Scholars Program provides an opportunity for thousands of outstanding Pell Grant eligible students of color to reach their fullest potential.
San Joaquin Area Apprenticeship Coordinators Association: Find a union apprenticeship here! A union apprenticeship is an excellent career choice if you like to work with your hands and are willing to serve an apprenticeship for up to five years (depending on selected trade).
Job Redi Grant (previously the Cortopassi Family Foundation Vocational Scholarship Program): Receive $2,500 per semester, up to a maximum of $10,000. Scholarships may be used for all personal expenses while a full-time student in a two-year certificate program at a qualifying school.
Other Helpful Resources
Collegeboard / The SAT Test: The SAT is an entrance exam used by most colleges and universities to make admissions decisions. The College Board also offers an extensive list of scholarships, test prep, articles, college search tools and more. Schedule your SAT at Collegeboard.org. Fee waivers are available; talk with your school counselor.
The ACT Test: The ACT is a national college admissions examination that consists of subject area tests in English, Mathematics, Reading, Science. The ACT of writing includes the four subject area tests plus a 40-minute writing test. ACT results are accepted by all four-year colleges and universities in the US. Fee waivers are available; talk with your school counselor.
Xello: An interactive tool to help students of all ages learn about themselves, matching careers and develops a plan to help them reach their goals. This service is provided to all SUSD students currently enrolled in school from grades K-Adult.
Scholarships.com: Search an extensive list of available scholarships.
Questbridge: QuestBridge is a national nonprofit based in Palo Alto, California that connects the nation’s most exceptional, low-income youth with leading colleges and opportunities.
BigFuture: The step-by-step guide to planning your future
Peterson's: Find scholarships and the tools and tips you need to start your search.
Fast Web: Fast Web will connect you with scholarships, colleges, financial aid and more.