Navigating the transition between K-12 and higher education – virtually

COURTESY OF: CAL MATTERS Throughout October and November, hundreds of thousands of high school seniors from every part of the state take the first step toward realizing their academic and professional goals by applying to a California State University campus. In this new COVID-19 reality, too many students will have to navigate the transition between K-12 and higher education virtually, …

COVID-19, summer melt a one-two punch to colleges and students alike

COURTESY OF: By Catalina Cifuentes and Marlene Garcia PE.com Real-life stories of the extreme challenges and anxiety COVID-19 has brought upon our state’s college students ring frighteningly loud and true: most have lost all or most of their income sources, many have changed their college plans and uprooted their living arrangements, and some have had their college aspirations completely derailed …

One student’s journey to join the largest group of Latino students admitted to the University of California

COURTESY OF: Betty Márquez Rosales EdSource.org As they approached a traffic checkpoint in Long Beach, close to their home, Johana Resendiz, then 7 years old, didn’t realize her life was about to change. She and her younger sister were riding with her father, a U.S. resident and passed through easily. Her mother, who drove behind in a second car, was …

‘I Am Beyond Worried’: More HS Students Are Applying for Financial Aid — and Enrolling in College as a Result. Coronavirus May Put an End to Both

COURTESY OF: Charlotte West The74Million.org When Akyiaha Simpson, a senior at California’s Orange Vista High School, started applying to college last fall, she wasn’t sure how she was going to pay for it. The first step? Filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). It was a requirement not only to get money for college but also to …

Effective counselors boost graduation, college attendance

COURTESY OF: Shawna De La Rosa Education Drive Dive Brief: High school counselors make a positive difference in graduation rates and enrollment in college, especially for low-achieving and low-income students, according to research presented in Education Next. The article, written by Harvard University doctoral candidate Christine Mulhern, says the most effective high school counselors boost students’ likelihood of graduating high …

Guidance to high school counselors: Brush up on your college advising

COURTESY OF: Carolyn Jones Washinton Post JURUPA VALLEY, Calif. — Felicida Barajas’s office at Jurupa Valley High School was strangely silent. The only sounds were the clacking of computer keys and the occasional joke to break the tension as 12th-graders hunched over laptops trying to finish their essays ahead of a looming college application deadline. Six students perched on chairs …