College Corner

There are three steps to successfully applying to College.

1. Get organized

College Research
Starting point for Juniors

College App Map

College GreenLight

College Greenlight Counselor Demo

College Success Excel Tool 
Colleges for Low-Income Students

College Success Overview Slides
Research on Colleges for Low-Income Students

2. Research & Visit

College search tools

The Fiske Guide to Colleges Self Quiz
What's important to you when selecting a college?

The Princeton Review's
List of Happiest Students

Featured Schools
Provides a list of featured colleges broken out according to the following categories:

  • Best Financial Aid: Colleges that commit to meeting 100% of need.  Make sure you research how the college meets your need – through loans or grants or scholarships.

  • Test Optional:  Schools that don't require any standardized test scores, or at least, alternate combinations of testing rather than just an SAT or ACT score.

  • Minds Matter Partnership Schools: These schools have a history of working with Minds Matter during session to assist with programming needs. They are aware of the MM mission, yet this does not mean there is a higher rate of acceptance for MM students.

  • Hidden Gem Schools:  This is a list compiled by the senior program that recognizes schools that offer exceptional financial aid assistance and have programs that support diversity.

3. Apply & Write compelling essays

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4. Scholarships & Financial Aid

Important Links


Nerd Wallet's FAFSA's Guide

Nerd Wallet Financial Planning Guide

Colleges with "no and reduced" loan policies for low-income students


College Greenlight

Meritus Scholarship Fund (MMSF Partnership)

Nerd Wallet Scholarship Listing

California Scholarships

Mason Scholarship