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Important College Information


Peerlift Student Guide

...Those ready for a new challenge: these resources are for you. Whether you are an incoming senior or an incoming freshman--whether you have created a blueprint for your future or haven’t yet begun to craft that future--this guide is for you. 


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Service Academies

A Congressional nomination is required to attend a U.S. Service Academy, and students can verify their Congressional district by visiting and inputting their zip code in the top right corner of the webpage.


Whittier College

Prepare for MIT

Good information as an example of what universities look for


College Office

Seniors: College Application Year!

4 year Colleges: 

CSUApplication start October 1st.  Deadline November 30

UCApplications start August 1st.  Application submission period November 1st-30th

Private Colleges:  You can apply to private colleges via Common App (most popular)  and The Coalition

Download a Brag sheet for Common App.

See Mr. Mejia for Counselor Recommendation

Need Brag sheet and Personal Statement

Common App Powerpoint

2 year Colleges:  

Application period varies but generally in April

ELAC classes are available at SHS each semester to get a chance to start college early.

Community colleges offer certificate and transfer options and now use High School transcript for class placement.

Local Colleges:


Rio Hondo


LA Trade Tech


FAFSA is the central portal for college/trade school financial aid (loans and grants)

Opens October 1st.  Apply early to get best chance for largest award amounts


Step 1:  Make FSA ID

Step 2:  Fill out FAFSA online   video

Step 3:  Webgrants for Students (to funnel financial aid to college of choice)

You can receive help with your FAFSA Application.

Any questions, see Mr. Mejia, or come into the College Office, during nutrition or lunch.

Information you will need to complete your FAFSA:

Social Security Number

Parent's 2017 Tax Form

Parent's/Guardian Social Security Number

Parent's Marital Status

Parent email address, if they don't have one, create one for them

Do your parent's file together or separate?

You will also need to create a FSA ID, for yourself and one of your parents/guardian

FAFSA NextGenVest Video

Peerlift Student Ambassador Opportunity

Peerlift Student Ambassador. The student leader, preferably in 10th or 11th grade, would work with Peerlift to do grassroots outreach at Schurr HS and the surrounding area.  The student would receive further opportunity to collaborate with our team of college freshmen, many of whom are attending Stanford, Yale, Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania this year.  To read more information, please go to our get involved section or go over our application form here.

UCSB information


This month, current UCSB students will be on the How to Apply page of our website chatting live with prospective students. Be sure to tell your students to join us and get their questions answered about UCSB student life, academics, getting involved and more.

  • Freshman Q&A Thursdays: November 15, 29 & 30 from 3:30-5pm PST

To chat, students just need to visit the How to Apply page during the chat hours above and click the "Live Chat" box on the top right of their browser window

Application Assistance

When:  Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 3-4 pm

Where:  College Office

Starting: October 16th till November 29th

Don't miss out on your opportunity to attend college!
Focus: Cal State Apply, UC Application, Common App

Last SATs for College are:

November 3rd due Oct 24 (late)

December 1st due Nov 2nd and Nov 20 (late)

Fee waivers available include covering late fee!


No-Loan college articles

Prep Scholar article

Forbes 25 colleges with no student loans

Collegevine list of no loan colleges

Don't let the list price of college hold you back.  Many colleges are generous with financial aid.  The most dramatic are "No-loan" schools which will meet 100% of financial need

SAT Dates 2018-2019

Register for SAT

What to bring

Why take it?  If you are considering applying for a four year college, then either the SAT or ACT are required by most colleges.


SAT dates Registration Deadline Late Registration Deadline
Dec 1 November 2

November 20th

March 9, 2019 February 8, 2019 February 27, 2019
May 4, 2019 April 5, 2019 April 24, 2019
June 1, 2019 May 3, 2019 May 22, 2019


If you are eligible for free or reduced lunch, then you qualify for a fee-waiverMore information

Fee waivers are available in the College Office.

Note: Fee waivers cover the late fee too!

Test Prep

Khan Academy


Get Kaplan’s free SAT and ACT Study Guide - have questions about the SAT and ACT? Kaplan’s new study guide is your go-to for information on both tests. Download it here for free.


The ACT is an equal alternative to the SAT.  Some students do better with the ACT.  For more information

ACT fee waivers are available at the College Office and generally require students to qualify for free or reduce lunch.

Student Involvement Programs

The Pollination Project

The Pollination Project believes in the power of ordinary people to do extraordinary things. We make grants to individual change-makers with an idea and a plan to make their community and their world a better place.

We give $1,000 seed grants to individual change makers, every day, 365 days a year.

The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes

The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes celebrates outstanding young leaders. Each year the Barron Prize honors 25 inspiring young people who have made a significant positive difference to people and our planet.

FIDM Fashion Club

Interested in FIDM.  Join the FIDM Fashion Club at Schurr HS

College Counselor

Mr. Baltazar Mejia

323-887-3090 x6646


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