Application windows

California State University (CSU)

Generally speaking the application window for CSU campuses opens October 1 - November 30. Impacted campuses may have different deadlines. Please check with individual campuses to verify application window.

University of California (UC)

The application window opens in August and students can apply to UC Campuses between November 1-November 30.

California Community Colleges

Applications typically on a rolling basis. Apply by the semester before you hope to attend. Earlier is better.

Private Universities

Generally speaking applications are submitted during the fall of the senior year. October - November is typical. Some universities may admit on a rolling basis taking applications until they are full. Check with individual schools to assure that you are meeting their specific deadlines.

FAFSA/Cal Grant window - 

In order to be eligible for Cal Grants students must submit their FAFSA no later than March 2.
It is never too early to check and see what potential scholarships are out there for you/your student.
Financial aid websites of interest are: and

Testing information

SAT and ACT - and
Cuyamaca and Grossmont colleges -
University information for CSU and UC - and