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The following links will take you to free tools that middle and high school students and parents may use to research careers, colleges and paying for college. Each SDUHSD school site's Counseling Department is available to assist students with college planning and applications in grades 7-12.


Career Research and Planning - provides students with an all-inclusive guide for their college & career paths at any California college.

California Career Zone  -  students may complete self-assessments to help choose a satisfying job or occupational field and explore careers and finances. 
California Career Cafe - a virtual career center where students can explore, make connections, learn about people skills, tips for success and choosing a major in college. 
California Career Center - students can plan their middle and high school years so that they have a path to the future THEY want to achieve, and set high school and post-high school goals.
Education Planner - a one-stop career and college planning website that provides practical and easy-to-understand advice to help prepare middle and high school students for the important decisions they will face in the future.
Road Trip Nation - a program which shows how people figured out how to build a career around their own unique combination of interests. 
College Research and Planning
Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities  - the AICCU represents almost 80 California private nonprofit colleges and universities.
California Community Colleges - tools for students, programs and applications to CA community colleges, and transfer to four-year college programs.
 California Student Aid Commission  - a site for students or parents of a student searching for resources and assistance in obtaining a higher education. The CSAC administers financial aid programs, including Cal Grants, for students attending public and private universities, colleges, and vocational schools in California.
College Board Big Future - via this website, middle and high school students can get a free step-by-step college plan.
Common Application - contains answers to the most common college-related questions - why go to college, how to prepare and how to pay for college. 
 Federal Student Aid - The office of Federal Student Aid provides grants, loans, and work-study funds for college or career school.
Peterson's Private Colleges - in-state and out-of-state private college information including size, type, setting and costs.
University of California Academic Planner - Follow this 4-step plan to prepare for admission to the University of California (UC), California State University (CSU) and many independent colleges with similar requirements, and Explore UC Campuses .
College Applications
California State University - apply to any of the 23 CSU campuses directly.
Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success - developed to improve the college application process for all students as they search for and apply to their perfect college. The platform provides a single, centralized toolkit for students to organize, build, and refine their applications to numerous institutions.
Common Application  -direct application to nearly 700 colleges and universities.
University of California - apply to any of the 9 UC campuses directly.