Cost-Free College Admissions Assistance
College Apps Academy learning sessions include tips for researching and choosing schools, filling out applications, writing essays, paying for college, taking advantage of on-campus resources, and more.
Coaches provide 1-on-1 college admissions help to students. They review application forms, give feedback on essays, identify scholarship opportunities, and talk through commitment decisions.
We prioritize student mental health throughout the college application process. College Apps Academy is a positive environment where peers support each other and we all celebrate each others’ successes.
School Research and Selection
Essay Writing Support
Financial Aid & Scholarship Application Help
Preparing for College Life
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Juniors can join Reality Changers to receive free college application help, financial aid guidance, and more!
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BY THE NUMBERS
2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR
Youth attended weekly College Apps Academy programs and received free college admissions assistance.
HOURS PER WEEK
Students gather together with achievement coaches at Reality Changers or on high school campuses.
Of seniors who applied to California State schools, 92% were accepted. All students have been accepted to at least one college or university.
Saved Per Year
On average, students earned $26,795 in gift aid for their first year of college.
College Apps Academy FAQs
College Apps Academy serves 12th graders who are future first-generation college graduates. This means that our students will be the first in their families to graduate from college.
Incoming 12th graders can fill out our online application the spring before their senior year.
To participate in any of our programs, students must:
- Attend school in San Diego County
- Be entering 12th grade
- Be first-generation
- Be eligible for a Free/Reduced Lunch program and/or considered low income
- Complete our application process & be selected to join
- Have a GPA of 3.0 or above.
No, high school seniors who will be going to a 2-year school are welcome in College Apps Academy. For students who plan to attend a 2-year school, our programs focus on applying to college, preparing for success in college, career planning, balancing work and school, and more!
Get so much more than mere college admissions help in San Diego. College Apps Academy provides comprehensive support to prepare participants for college. Each session will include a lesson on a relevant topic and time to work independently on paperwork, college applications, and scholarship applications. Coaches are available to answer questions and provide feedback in real time.
Our college admissions advisors in San Diego can assist students as they navigate the college application process. We provide participants with the support and resources necessary to prepare for college applications. This includes workshops on financial aid, essay writing, and standardized tests. Students receive target support from tutors to help them identify their strengths and create a customized plan for success. Students learn how to create a strong application that showcases their accomplishments, interests, and unique qualities, increasing their chances of getting accepted into their top-choice schools.