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No matter who you are or how you’ve prepared for college, you’re bound to have a long 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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Research Before You Apply!

Posted by Annette

The fall season is an important time for college planning. The California State University is now accepting applications for fall 2016 until November 30. If you are interested in applying, visit CSU Mentor to select the term you are applying for and fill out an application for any of the 23 campuses.

It is important to research what majors each campus offers, and campus websites and counselors are great resources to learn more about each school. Before I applied, I wanted to be sure that the campuses I was interested in offered my desired major, Communication Studies. I searched the degree programs at individual campuses and found which of the 23 campuses was the best fit for my academic path. Ultimately, I decided that CSU Long Beach, CSU Fullerton and CSU Northridge were my top three choices.

The application fee is $55.00 per campus, but in the case of financial hardships, there is a fee waiver application for California residents. I would recommend submitting your applications as soon as possible to hear back from campuses earlier.


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The Balancing Act

Posted by Lourd Ebuen

People often ask how I manage to balance three jobs and keep up with my studies. As a student assistant graphic designer, freelancer, and Disneyland parade performer, I find myself asking the same question. But I’ve realized that my jobs go hand-in-hand with my studies in graphic design at school, and they work well with my class schedule.

 

Keeping up with deadlines and distributing time between work, school, homework, and of course social life helps keep things in perspective. I am able to see how much time I actually have to complete my homework for school. Many times, I have to start on a project very early to get it done by the deadline or sometimes request time off of work to allow more time. One of the effective ways to do this is to carry an agenda to write things down. I stay organized with my day-to-day schedule and I am able to balance my time between work and school.

 

Working and going to school is definitely possible, so don’t be afraid to venture into the real world while in college!


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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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