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No matter who you are, or how you’ve prepared for college, you’re bound to have a seemingly endless list of questions. Our student ambassadors had college dreams just like you do, and they worked hard to achieve them. Read their stories below, and share your own with us on Facebook and Twitter!

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Applying for Financial Aid

Posted by Shannon Banks

The CSU encourages all students to apply for financial aid, regardless of financial need. This is because many scholarships will require a student to have a financial aid application on file before they can apply for a given scholarship. Applying for financial aid is extremely easy.

First, fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). After completing all of your information, be sure to list all of the schools you have applied to on the application. This will allow each university to receive your financial information so they can create the most cost-efficient financial aid package for you. Before you commit to a college, your financial aid should be pre-determined. Be sure to look through the type of aid each school is offering before deciding where to attend.

Once you’ve committed to a campus, you can go back to your FAFSA and remove the schools you will not be attending and everything should be good to go! Just remember to stay on the lookout for any specific paperwork that may be requested to determine your financial aid. Priority aid is given to students who submit their FAFSA by March 2, so get your application done as soon as possible!

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Get Ready for the Application Season!

Posted by Mireille Garcia Serrato

Seniors get ready! CSU applications are just around the corner. Starting October 1, applications for CSU campuses will open, and you will have until November 30 to submit. However, be careful not to leave your application submission until the night before! Many times, students procrastinate and apply at the very last minute, causing heavy traffic on the CSU Mentor website.

Also, make sure to have someone look over your application before submitting. Ask a fellow classmate, your counselor, or teacher to have a second look. A second set of eyes is always helpful. In addition, be patient with the application process. Even if you submit your application early and campuses have viewed your application, you will still have to wait for the day admission decisions are made. That being said, you should definitely make time to review your application before submitting. Countdown begins today! Good luck!

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Productivity with Some Fun Along the Way

Posted by Kyle Barras

Your college years will by far be some of the most memorable years of your life. But how can you be expected to graduate in four years, while building a resume, interning, working, going to school and still having fun along the way? You must be creative with your time. Utilize every moment that you are doing something fun as a time to be productive. For example, you may hang out with your friends and study or review your lecture notes. When you have a group project in class, don’t just do the project; make meaningful connections with your peers as you do it. Get to know them, what their major is, what their aspirations are, and more. Networking doesn’t necessarily need to occur in a professional office setting.



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