California State University (CSU)
Generally speaking the application window for CSU campuses opens October 1 and runs through 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 on October 1 and closes November 30.
California Community Colleges
Applications typically on a rolling basis. Apply by the semester before you hope to attend. Earlier is better.
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.
Testing window -
San Diego State is an exception to that rule and will not accept test scores after the November test date.