Important Deadlines

Don’t wait until the last semester of your senior year to start planning as you will have already missed important deadlines regarding the application process. The deadlines below are based on a Fall term start.

California Community Colleges (CCC)

  • There is no specific deadline for applying to community college, however students are strongly encouraged to apply by January for the following fall in order to complete matriculation  requirements in time to access April priority registration.
  • Foster Youth Campus Support Programs (CSP) and EOPS application deadlines: check with your school counselor
  • Check with the college you plan to attend for important deadlines related to the registration process, including deadlines for:
    • Paying fees
    • Taking assessment tests
    • Registering for courses
  • To apply: www.cccapply.org

California State University (CSU)

  • SAT test
    • Take test: no later than early December (for attending the following fall) (exact dates vary by year—test registration is generally required at least one month in advance of the test date)
    • Signup: www.collegeboard.org
  • ACT test
    • Take test: no later than early December (for attending the following fall) (exact dates vary by year—test registration is generally required at least one month in advance of the test date)
    • Signup: www.actstudent.org
  • CSU enrollment application period: October 1 – November 30 (for attending the following fall)
  • EOP Application: submit with the enrollment application
  • Foster Youth Campus Support Programs (CSP) deadlines: check with your school counselor
  • Check with the university you plan to attend for important deadlines related to the admissions and registration process, including deadlines for:
    • Paying fees
    • Submitting applications for campus housing
    • Registering for courses
  • To apply: www.csumentor.edu

University of California (UC)

  • SAT test
    • Take test: no later than early December (for attending the following fall) (exact dates vary by year—test registration is generally required at least one month in advance of the test date)
    • Signup: www.collegeboard.org
  • ACT test
    • Take test: no later than early December (for attending the following fall) (exact dates vary by year—test registration is generally required at least one month in advance of the test date)
    • Signup: www.actstudent.org
  • UC enrollment application period: November 1 – 30 (for attending the following fall)
  • Foster Youth Campus Support Programs (CSP) and EOP application deadlines: check with your school counselor
  • Check with the university you plan to attend for important deadlines related to the admissions and registration process, including deadlines for:
    • Paying fees
    • Submitting applications for campus housing
    • Registering for courses
  • To apply: www.universityofcalifornia.edu/admissions

Financial Aid (all students)

Financial aid programs have limited funding—the earlier you apply, the more you may receive. For more info, visit Financial Aid.

  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): March 2 for maximum aid—those who miss this deadline should still apply
  • CalGrant: January 1 – March 2 for maximum aid—community college students can apply through September 2, but funding will be extremely limited
  • Chafee Grant: March 2 for maximum aid—those who miss this deadline should still apply