Hello, CAMP Mentees and Mentors!
This is your section of the College Access Portal! Click on the links below to be directed to so many college access goodies! We encourage you to make every effort to hold your meetings at the Living Lab. If your time doesn’t match our public hours, try to make an appointment with Isabel Herrera to use the lab during our non-public hours, or approve an alternate location.
CAMP Quick Links
CAMP Workshops & Trainings
Shared Google Folders
Living Lab Hours:
The Living Lab is now open for regularly scheduled CAMP meetings, or you may drop in Monday thru Friday from 8am-6:00pm. Ocean Discovery is strictly following public health guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19, keeping your safety our primary concern at all times.
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Use this CAMP checklist as a timeline to make sure you are on track to reaching your CAMP goals! Download the full checklist (Excel Spreadsheet, Google Sheets) to keep track of your application, financial aid, and college transition tasks offline. This accompanying worksheet will also help you stay on top of the checklists! And this CAMP Scavenger Hunt is another activity you can do together regardless of the time of year.
Take the SAT and/or ACT more than once (if applicable; see college websites for testing requirements).
Begin researching and visiting different types of colleges.
Narrow Your College Search and send final options to Isabel.
Visit colleges you intend to apply to and request Southwest tickets if applicable.
Create your UC online account and begin application.
Create your CSU online account and begin application.
Select your 4 UC Personal Insight Questions.
Request expert review on your personal statements.
Create an FSA ID to register for federal financial aid (required for student AND parent).
Apply for the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), or your campus’s equivalent (EOPS at community college).
Request UC and CSU application review with Ocean Discovery before submitting.
Submit UC and CSU applications, by Nov 30.
Complete private school and out-of-state applications.
Confirm your test scores have been sent to the schools you are applying to, if needed.
Sign up for student portals for each college you applied to.
Create your FAFSA account to qualify for federal student aid.
Complete FAFSA and request final review from Ocean Discovery before submitting.
Create and submit San Diego Foundation Common Scholarship Application (make sure to select the Community Scholars Initiative).
Learn what YEAR-ROUND student support programs for first-gen, historically under-represented students exist on campus.
Create your CalGrant account to qualify for state financial aid.
Confirm your FAFSA includes all the schools you are applying to.
Submit the FAFSA and CalGrant, by March 2.
Send Student Aid Report (SAR from FAFSA) to Isabel.
Send California Aid Report (CAR from CalGrant) to Isabel.
Create your CSS Profile account to qualify for financial aid at a variety of private colleges.
Submit your CSS Profile application.
Submit Stephen Effron scholarship application.
Submit 20+ scholarships.
Request to have a financial aid consultation.
Send financial aid offer(s) to Isabel prior to financial aid consultation.
Submit any required additional financial aid materials/paperwork to colleges.
Petition financial aid for a better financial aid offer, or find other ways to fill the financial aid gap.
Accept financial aid offer.
If planning to attend community college, submit application for selected campus.
Visit colleges accepted to (ie: Open House, campus visit, orientation, etc.), and request Southwest tickets if applicable.
Learn what student support SUMMER programs for first-gen, historically under-represented students exist on campus.
Apply for the Summer Bridge Program, or your campus’s equivalent.
Submit Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) to selected college, by May 1.
Submit proof of residence.
Send official transcripts to selected college.
Send official test scores to selected college, if needed.
Return any additional acceptance materials/paperwork to selected college.
Inform Isabel of your final college decision.
Attend campus orientation and/or summer program. Take college placement tests.
Apply for housing.
Complete immunization requirement by campus.
Send proof of health insurance to your campus.
Create an Education Plan with your school counselor.
Register for classes and pay.
Download the CAMP checklist by category here:
CAMP College Application Checklist
CAMP Financial Aid Checklist
CAMP College Transition Checklist
Go to the College Access Resources section for more tools and resources to assist in your application process.
CAMP Workshops & Trainings
College Fit Workshop
College Fit Workshop PPT 2021-2022
Map Of UC’s And CSU’s
College Search Protocol
Narrowing Your College Search
College Fit Questions
Funding Opportunities for Under-Represented Minorities
College Fair Tips
Campus Visit Checklist
College Search Step-by-Step Guide
College Board Opportunity Scholarships
What does “College Fit” mean?
List of Fly-In Campus Visits (paid by the college)
List of need-blind admissions colleges
Colleges that offer complete financial aid without loans
Social Mobility Index
Personal statement workshop
Personal Statement Workshop PPT 2022-2023
UC Personal Insight Questions
PIQ Case Studies
Choosing An Essay Topic Pt 1
Choosing An Essay Topic Pt 2
Optional Writing Exercise:
Write An Excellent Essay Guide
Write An Excellent Essay Worksheet
Recommended Editing Tool:
UC Application workshop
UC Application Workshop PPT 2022-2023
University of California (UC) Online Application
Resources from the University of California:
UC Application Tutorial
The UC Comprehensive Review
Sections of the UC Application
Changes to the Admissions Process
How To Maximize The Activities And Awards Section
CSU Application Workshop
CSU Application Workshop PPT 2022-2023
California State University (CSU) Online Application
Resources from California State University:
Filling Out Your Cal State Apply Application
CSU Impacted Undergraduate Majors and Campuses
EOP Deadlines by Campus
SDSU Weber Honors College
Financial Aid part 1 Workshop
FinAid Part 1 Workshop PPT 2022-23
Ocean Discovery’s Financial Aid Guide
Create an FSA ID (for student AND parent)
Resources from the Office of Federal Student Aid:
Federal Student Aid YouTube Page (for helpful tutorial videos)
Financial Aid Part 2 Workshop
FinAid Part 2 Workshop PPT 2022-23
Financial Aid Part 3 Workshop
FinAid Part 3 Workshop PPT 2022-23
TSDF Common Scholarship Application
Hoover Scholarships Accountability Sheet
Sample Stephen Effron Scholarship Application
Funding Opportunities for Hoover Students
Recommended scholarship search engines:
National Scholarships for College Greenlight Students
Cappex Scholarship Search
Community College Workshop
Community College Workshop PPT 2022-23
San Diego County Community College Resources
San Diego Community College District Application
San Diego Promise
Community College Checklist
College Selection Workshop
College Selection Workshop PPT 2022-23
Financial Aid Comparisons Worksheet (PDF)
Financial Aid Comparisons Spreadsheet (GoogleSheet)
UC Award Letter Examples
College Fit Summary Worksheet
College Comparison Summary Worksheet
Recommended financial aid resources:
12 Questions to ask your child about the colleges they are considering – English,
Fund Your Future Workbook (multiple languages)
College Transition Workshop
College Transition Workshop PPT 2022 23
College Transition Checklist
Turning 18 – Civic Duty & Taxes
Turning 18 – Safety & Identity
Turning 18 – Moving Out & Driving
Turning 18 – Groceries & Laundry
Additional resources to assist in the college transition:
People And Places To Go To For Help
My Yearly Budget
How I Use My Time
My Course Selection
Dorm Moving Checklist
CAMP Student & Family Orientation
CAMP Student & Family Orientation Presentation Slides 2022-2023
CAMP Mentor Info Session
Recording of CAMP Info Session 2022
CAMP Mentor Info Session Presentation Slides 2022
CAMP Mentee Training Presentation Slides 2022-2023
Mentor Pre-Serivce Training
CAMP Mentor Pre Service Training 2022
CAMP Mentor Pre-Service Training Notes
Ocean Discovery’s Long-Term Mentoring Webinar
First Do No Harm (article)
Simple Ways To Build Trust
7 Coaching Disciplines
Mentor-Mentee Relationship Cycle
Mentor Mentee Agreement Form
Meeting Hours Tracker
CAMP Scavenger Hunt
CAMP Mentee Application Form (Google Form or PDF)
CAMP Parent Permission Form
CAMP Mentor Application Addendum (Google Form or PDF)
CAMP Mentor Renewal Addendum
CAMP I Session Evaluation Form (Word.doc)
CAMP I Session Evaluation Form (Google form)
CAMP Mid Year Evaluation Form (Word.doc)
CAMP Mid Year Evaluation Form (Google Form)
CAMP End-of-Year Evaluation Form (Word.doc)
CAMP End-of-Year Evaluation Form (Google Form)
CAMP Forms & Checklists
CAMP Trainings & Workshops