Upward Bound | Educational Resources


The list below provides a number of resources that provide information about college admissions or financial aid. Please click on the link to get to that page.

Financial Aid Information


Cal Grants - information about the Cal Grant program in California including links to other sites.

FAFSA - provides the online application on the web.

FAFSA PIN - resource for students and parents who need to get their Personal Identification Number.

Federal Student Aid at a Glance Document is available for download (.pdf)

Federal Student Aid Information for Counselors - Online source of federal student aid information to help students and parents plan and prepare for college, career and trade school.

FinAid! - The SmartStudentTM Guide to Financial Aid.

Financial Aid (ED.gov) - The U.S. Department of Education (ED) will provide over $100 billion annually, about 60 percent of all student aid, to help millions of students and families pay for postsecondary education.

Student Aid Alliance - The Student Aid Alliance supports a package of proven student aid programs to help students achieve their higher education goals without excessive debt.

Student Aid on the Web - Source for free information from the U.S Deparment of Education on preparing for and funding education beyond high school.

National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) - NASFAA is the largest postsecondary education association with institutional membership in Washington, D.C., and the only national association with a primary focus on student aid legislation, regulatory analysis, and training for financial aid administrators in all sectors of post-secondary education.

California Dream Act - Information about the California Dream Act and is the portal for the California Dream Act Application for financial aid.

California Cash for College - List of available free Cash for College workshops in your area where you and your parents can get help filling out the FAFSA. You may even win an additional $1,000 scholarship at a Cash for College workshop.

icanaffordcollege.com - Information on California Community Colleges and other kinds of financial aid.

CA Student Aid Commission - Vast amount of information on Cal Grants and other programs available through the California Student Aid Commission.

ECMC - General information about financing for college and managing a student loan.

California Chafee Grant for Foster Youth - Information on exciting financial opportunities for foster youth and former foster youth.

SCHOLARSHARE - Valuable information about college savings opportunities.

going2college - Learn about college and financial aid resources available in each state.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund - Scholarship directory for latino students.

Health Jobs Start Here - Healthcare employment opportunities that could be a right fit for you.

Federal Student Aid - The largest provider of student financial aid in the nation. It is responsible for managing the student financial assistance programs authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965.

College Board - connects students to college success and opportunities. It prepares students for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success.

studentaid.org - serves as a forum on student financial aid issues.

Mapping Your Future - provides career, college, financial aid, and financial literacy information and services for students, families, and schools.

Natl Assn of Student Financial Aid - it is the most comprehensive source of student financial aid information, advice and tools.

Peterson's - provide education content, the information, know-how, and guidance to help students reach their goals.

College Admission Information


California Community Colleges

California Community Colleges Chancellors Office - Office of the Chancellor provides general information about the community college system in California.

Course Articulation- provides information about the transfer requirements from a community college to CSU or UC.

Los Angeles Community College District - provides information specific to the Los Angeles community colleges.

California State University

CSU Mentor - provides information about the entire Cal State University system in California including online application and access to other sources.

The California State University - from the office of the Chancellor.

Early Assessment Program - provides information about the different opportunities offered through early assessment at the CSU.

The University of California

UC Application Online - Apply for the University of California online.

Online UC Personal Statement Tutorial - good resource to provide to students who want to know more about the personal statement.

Foreign Student Info. Information for prospective students from other countries at the UC.

UC Office of the President- provides general information for students and counselors. Very resourceful site.

College Searches

U.S. News - provides extensive information about various types of colleges and universities.

Princeton Review - make available test-preparation services, tutoring and admissions resources, as well as various other resources in different formats.

School in the USA - helps in exploring selected university and college programs across the United States from one source.

College View - Students and parents can access hundreds of articles pertaining to the college planning process, along with over 4,000 college-specific information pages.

Links to US colleges by state - Links to colleges, universities, and systems by state

U 101 College search - has links to help you find out about more than 4000 universities, colleges, community colleges and vocational schools in the US and Canada.

New York Times Colleges - search archives on college and university information.

American Universities - Index of American universities.

Educational and Student Links


ACT Test Dates - ACT U.S.test dates for the 2010-2011 academic year. Test dates for future academic years are available.

SAT Test Dates - U.S. / International SAT and SAT Subject test dates are displayed. Test registration and other important information is available.

The Common Application - Providing and processing online and in print applications to any of its 414 Common Application members.

Fast Web- Financial Aid Site - Assisting students locate various forms of financial assistance through online searches.

Why Go To College? - Planning resources and reasons for applying to college.

5 Key Skills for Academic Success - Tips for parents to help their children meet academic success.

Know How 2 Go - Interactive website that prepares students, at different grade levels, plan for college.

First In The Family - Resources available resources for first generation college applicants.

www.college.gov - Advocating college advancement to the Spanish speaking community.

Educational Opportunity Program - CSULA's program is gear at assisting and supporting disadvantage students succeed within a university educational level.

High School Students


Opportunities for Students

Venture Scholars Program - The Ventures Scholars Program is a national nonprofit membership program designed to promote access to higher education for young adults interested in pursuing math- and science-based career

QuestBridge - A non-profit program that links bright, motivated low-income students with educational and scholarship opportunities at some of the nation's best colleges

Summer Programs

Page Program - High school juniors with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in core academic subjects may apply to work as Pages in the U.S. House of Representatives. Pages assist Members with their legislative duties, deliver correspondence and small packages within the congressional complex, answer phones in the Member cloakrooms, and prepare the House Floor for sessions.

College Bound Program - Provides classes that strengthen the academic skills necessary for students to compete, informs parents and students of the required coursework for college admission, and assists in navigating the application process.

SAMS at Carnegie Mello University, Pittsburgh, PA- A rigorous residential summer experience for good students who have a strong interest in math and science and want to become excellent students.

COSMOS - Is a four-week residential program for talented and motivated students completing grades eight through twelve. Students work side-by-side with outstanding university researchers and faculty exploring advanced topics that extend beyond the typical high school curriculum

EPGY: Stanford University - Offers Summer Institutes are two-to-four-week residential programs for academically talented and motivated middle and high-school students taught by a Stanford instructor, who covers topics not typically presented at their grade level.

YESS Program, Cal Tech - A three-week summer residential program for exceptional underrepresented high school students and others who have a passion for science and engineering and wish to engage in collaborative learning.

Youth Talent Identification Program - Identifies gifted children and provides resources to nurture the development of these exceptionally bright youngsters.

Phillips Academy- Supports a number of programs that provide educational opportunities to students beyond those who attend the Academy during the regular school year.

MITES Program - a rigorous six-week residential, academic enrichment summer program for talented high school students who are interested in studying and exploring careers in science and engineering.

Harvard Summer School - Challenge yourself in Harvard classes and programs this summer. Earn credit toward a degree, satisfy intellectual curiosity, or gain new professional skills.

College Students


McNair Scholars Program - It is designed to prepare undergraduate students for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities.

Student Support Services Program - Student Support Services (SSS) projects may provide grant aid to current SSS participants who are receiving Federal Pell Grants (# 84.063).

EOP - Designed to improve access and retention of historically low-income and educationally disadvantaged students.

EOPS - Encourages the enrollment, retention and transfer of students handicapped by language, social, economic and educational disadvantages, and to facilitate the successful completion of their goals and objectives in college. EOPS offers academic and support counseling, financial aid and other support services.

Puente Program - Its mission is to increase the number of educationally disadvantaged students who enroll in four-year colleges and universities, earn college degrees and return to the community as mentors and leaders to future generations. The program is interdisciplinary in approach, with writing, counseling and mentoring components.

MARC - Committed to promote diversity in the biomedical and behavioral sciences by continuing to provide programs, activities and resources to support the training and advancement of underrepresented minority students, postdoctoral fellows, junior faculty and research scientists.