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Spotlight on College Counseling

October 2020

October 1                    FAFSA Free Application for Federal Student Aid available.
October 10-14             No School for seniors. Spend time completing applications.
October 14                  On-campus SAT at DLS.

www.universityofcalifornia.edu/apply:  Apply online. Application is due Nov. 30.
www.calstate.edu/apply:  Apply online. Deadline extended to December 4.
COMMON APPLICATION www.commonapp.org: Accepted by over 900 private and out-of-state colleges. Deadlines vary by college.
OTHER APPLICATIONS:  Check university website for online application and deadlines.

  • We recommend that all applications be submitted before Christmas Break, even for colleges that have deadlines in Feb/Mar or later.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to use the Common Application, and not Priority, VIP or “Fastrack” applications they may have received from colleges via email. These colleges will waive their application fee on the Common Application, if they offer that incentive on the other type of application. There are a number of reasons for this recommendation and the college counselors are happy to talk to parents and guardians about them.


  • Sept. 25 was the deadline for teacher and counselor letter of recommendation requests for colleges with early deadlines (Dec 1 and earlier). Seniors should have completed the College App Spreadsheet and shared it with Ms. Lopez or Mrs. Sciacca, completed Counselor and Teacher Rec Surveys in Naviance, and requested teacher recommendations and transcripts in Naviance.
  • Oct. 30 is the FINAL deadline to request teacher and counselor recommendations for students applying with deadlines after Dec. 1.
  • Letters of Recommendation are NOT accepted by UC’s or CSU’s at this time.

FAFSA Free Application for Federal Student Aid

  • Now available online: The 2021–22 FAFSA opens Oct. 1, 2020 at www.fafsa.gov
  • Income information reported: From 2019 Income Tax Report. There is an online Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) within that FAFSA that links to our IRS report. It is highly recommended to use this tool to ensure quick and accurate processing and avoid time consuming verification follow-up.
  • California State Deadline is March 2, 2021.  Some colleges and universities may have earlier priority deadlines in Jan/Feb or even earlier.  Check each college’s financial aid webpage for deadlines.
  • More Information:  https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/    

CSS PROFILE: Over 400 private colleges require a secondary financial aid form called the CSS Profile.  This form must be completed online. This form may be filed as early as October 1. A list of colleges that require the profile is also available on the website.  Be sure to check now if the colleges your son is applying to require the CSS profile and when their deadline is for submission.   

Over 85 college admissions representatives have visited De La Salle virtually since school started in August. Over 50 more are scheduled for October through December and even more may still sign up to visit virtually with our students. These meetings are valuable personal contacts with college admissions officers who can provide specific information, answer questions, and assess qualifications. Many are also responsible for reviewing applications from De La Salle students.

  • Seniors and Juniors should check Schoology for the list of college rep visits and Zoom links.
  • All college rep visits are scheduled for after school and on Wednesdays.

Many colleges have enhanced their online informational offerings for interested students and their parents. Parents and students are encouraged to check individual websites for dates and offerings. Additionally, please see a listing of Fall Virtual College Events, which is updated regularly.

This winter, high school juniors and seniors must manage all the normal and natural challenges that come with college search and selection PLUS all the variables that come with search and selection during COVID. The College Counseling Office is partnering with New York Times bestselling author Harlan Cohen. During this lively and interactive event, Harlan helps seniors find the best college fit and gives juniors a framework to reduce stress and navigate a year of uncertainty. Harlan delivers the latest facts, stats, and headlines along with practical tools and strategies. This interactive program helps students and parents get comfortable with the uncomfortable during a time of heightened anxiety and unpredictable change. This event includes live Q&A. Register to get access to the recording. Registration Link

In an ordinary year, we would host the PSAT for juniors on campus for Testing Day in October. Given the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are instead offering an optional SAT Testing Day for our seniors, the majority of whom have not been able to test at all since March. Our plan is to offer the PSAT to the junior class (Class of 2022) on the newly added Tuesday, January 26, 2021 test date. Juniors should wait until at least Feb/March 2020 to take their first SAT and ACT tests. Juniors will be introduced to Method Test Prep and create accounts in January.

We usually host the PreACT for sophomores on campus for Testing Day in October. Given the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are instead offering an optional SAT Testing Day for our seniors on October 14, the majority of whom have not been able to test at all since March. Our plan is to offer the PreACT to the sophomore class (Class of 2023) later this school year.

College Advisory
Every Senior at DLS enrolls in College Advisory, for a weekly session with the College Counselors, Ms. Lopez or Mrs. Sciacca. Each week a vital portion of the college application process is covered.  The course provides timely and essential college application information to every senior in classroom groups on a consistent basis. 

College Advisory - Sciacca
College Advisory - Lopez

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