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College, Career & Life Update

All seniors at DVS take the course called College, Career & Life.  This course is designed to help our students through the college application process and the transition to life after high school. 

During August and September, we spent time developing a college list, exploring other college options and developing community in our class via discussion. 

In October & November, we’ll focus on completing applications and other important tasks included below…

  1. CSU, UC, Community College & Common Apps
  2. FAFSA
  3. RaiseMe Scholarships
  4. Essay writing
  5. College visit previews

Our class offers the students an opportunity to work on these tasks with my support, which can help make the college app process a bit less stressful.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions at!

Take care,

Ray Perez

FAFSA Workshop Recording

Thank you to all Da Vincians who joined us on Wednesday 10/7 for our Financial Aid Workshop for Senior Families.  In this workshop, we provided a step-by-step explanation of the federal student financial aid process. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) was explained along with grants, federal loans and scholarships.  The session was recorded and can be found here.

We will host two more Financial Aid Workshops for Senior Families on the following dates. 

  • Thursday, November 5, 4:30-6pm
  • Wednesday, February 10, 4:30-6pm

These workshops cover the same content, so you only need to attend one.  We welcome you back if you need clarification or a refresher on the material.

Important Reminders and Resources on Financial Aid:

  • The FAFSA opened on October 1st and is due March 2nd for CSUs, UCs, and California Community Colleges. The FAFSA deadlines for private and out-of-state universities vary.  Please check their respective websites for financial aid deadlines  We encourage you to apply early!
  • To complete and sign a FAFSA electronically, both the student and the parent need an FSA ID.  Here is information on creating an FSA ID.
  • If you are applying to a private college, you many need to complete the FAFSA and the CSS Profile.  The CSS Profile is used to assess the student for institutional aid, which may include merit-based aid.  Here is a list of colleges that requires the CSS Profile.
  • If you are an undocumented student, you may be eligible for the state aid and institutional aid.   Please complete the DREAM Act Application to apply for these funds. Please connect with your counselor if you need support with this process.
  • If you are or were a foster youth, you may qualify for the CHAFEE Grant. Please connect with your counselor if you need support with this process.

As always, please reach out to your respective counselor if you have any questions.

Have a great Friday and a restful weekend!

  • The DV Counseling Team

FAFSA Workshop on 10/7 @ 4:30pm

Hi Students and Families-

This Wednesday, October 7th at 4:30pm-6pm, the Da Vinci counselors from Communications, Design, and Science will be hosting a FAFSA Workshop Night! All College applicants must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to qualify for financial aid (ex. grants, loans, scholarships). The FAFSA opens on October 1 and is due March 2 for CSUs, UCs, and Community Colleges in California. FAFSA deadlines for private and out-of-state universities vary.  Apply early!

This will be a zoom webinar event, and the counselors will be going step by step of how to fill out the FAFSA application. There will be a Q&A in the chat feature on zoom. Here is the link to join:

Or join by phone:

Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):

US: +1 669 900 6833  or +1 253 215 8782  or +1 346 248 7799  or +1 646 876 9923  or +1 301 715 8592  or +1 312 626 6799

Webinar ID: 923 7794 3554

International numbers available:

To fully sign and submit the FAFSA on this night, please (student and parent(s) must apply for their PIN and have it verified. CLICK ON THIS link for a helpful video that walks you through this.

Link to FAFSA, FSA ID, California Dream Act Application (CADAA), Chafee

We will also be hosting his webinar on future dates:

Thursday, November 5, 4:30-6pm

Wednesday, February 10, 4:30-6pm

Remember, the earlier you fill out FAFSA the better! Hope to see you there!

Colleges that Change Lives Virtual Exploration

Hello Senior Families,

Colleges That Change Lives will be hosting 4 days of presentations and information sessions with 42 Colleges That Change Lives. This is free for students and their parents. This is a great opportunity to learn more about these schools and attend information sessions on the college application process.

Colleges That Change Lives, Inc. (CTCL) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and support of a student-centered college search process. We support the goal of every student finding a college that develops a lifelong love of learning and provides the foundation for a successful and fulfilling life beyond college.

Students should register for each session that they want to attend. Once they register, they’ll receive a confirmation email with their unique link to join the Zoom webinar.

The dates for these presentations are September 27-30, 2020.

The website with the registration links and the schedule can be found here.

Virtual College Fair: Historically Black Colleges & Universities

Download the app “HBCU Hub App” and register for HBCU Night and join to listen and learn about 61 HBCUs! Each night begins at 5pm, and will host colleges and universities such as: Clark Atlanta, Howard, Hampton, Xavier of LA, Fisk, and many, many more!

Go to this link to see what colleges & universities are attending on what days, to register to attend, and for more info.

Must download the HBCU Hub App.

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