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College Apps Academy

College apps academy

for 12th grade students

successfully apply, afford, and thrive in college

College Apps Academy supports high school seniors throughout the college decision, application, and financial aid process. College Apps Academy consists of small group, instructor-led sessions for 2.5 hours per week throughout the school year, during which instructors teach a curriculum on choosing, applying, and paying for college. In addition to the weekly classes, instructors provide one-on-one, tailored assistance to students during instructor office hours. Our students also receive ACT/SAT preparation support, hear guest speakers, and participate in afterschool and evening activity nights.

Our Purpose

College Apps Academy provides small group and 1 on 1 instruction on college applications and financial aid in addition to the resources and knowledge students need to pursue post-secondary education.

2-yr. journey vs. 4-yr. journey

CORE SERVICES

School Selection

School research and selection to ensure students discover colleges that match career interests.

Writing Support

Writing support for the UC Personal Insight Questions and Common Application essays.

APPLICATION ASSISTANCE

Application submission to 8 California colleges and up to 20 out-of-state schools, including follow through on post-submission requirements.

FINANCIAL HELP

Financial aid and scholarship assistance, including submission of the FAFSA or the California Dream Act Application and at least two scholarships per month.

FINAL COLLEGE CHOICE

Assistance with final college decisions, including housing and orientation deadlines.

Post-Acceptance Support

College survival, including financial literacy training, college course selection, working with roommates, and setting up personal networks.

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You can imagine my excitement when I was accepted into UCLA – College Apps Academy taught me how to discover and empower my own story. It made my hard work count.

Michael Gaulden

Reality Changers ‘10, UCLA '14
Motivational speaker and homeless-rights activist

$15,420

Average gift aid award per year of college

403

Number of students served in RC Class of 2019

86

Percentage of RC seniors that are first generation college students

60

Hours of college application and survival curriculum College Apps students participate in

21

Average ACT score of College Apps Academy students

WHAT WE COVER

FALL CURRICULUM

  • Building a college list
  • College essay writing
  • Financial aid applications
  • Scholarship applications
  • February’s 28 in 28 scholarship challenge

Spring CURRICULUM

  • Understanding financial aid awards
  • Conflict management skills
  • Housing contracts
  • Course selection
  • Time management

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