We encourage students and parents to establish good relationship with the school counselors and closely work with them for the guidance in the college planning. The following resources can give you some supplemental help should you decide to do it on your own. If you need further individualized strategies and management for the process, please contact 

1.     College Planning and Timeline

College Planning:

College Planning Timeline:

2.     Career Interests and Exploration


California CareerZone:


John Hopkins Career Exploration Resources:


3.     College Search and Research


College Navigator:


College Scorecard:


College Data:


Colleges That Change Lives:


4.     Financial Planning, Aid and Scholarship


Net Price Calculator:


EFC (Estimated Family Contribution) Calculator:


3 Steps to Get Financial Aid:




CSS Profile:


College Saving Options:


Outside Scholarship (Fastweb):


Outside Scholarship (Financial aid):

16 Crowdfunding Sites for College Cost:


5.     Test Planning and Strategies


SAT Prep:

Khan Academy:


ACT Prep:







San Jose-Camden Sylvan Learning:

AJ Tutoring - San Jose:

6.    Essay Brainstorm and Writing Techniques

The Essay Guy:

7.     College Application


Common Application:


Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success:


Universal College Application:


8.     UC System


UC University Admission:


CSU University Admission:


California Transfer Students:


9.     Teen Parenting Books


How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success by Julie Lythcott-Haims:


Why Do They Act That Way? - Revised and Updated: A Survival Guide to the Adolescent Brain for You and Your Teen by by Dr. David Walsh:

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