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College Planning

College planning assists students and their families on the different levels of educational opportunities available in California.

Adult Education
California’s Adult Education system serves more than two million students annually through public adult schools, community colleges, libraries, community and faith-based organizations, and correctional institutions.

BigFuture by the College Board External link opens in new window or tab.
BigFuture has information for students and parents on finding colleges, paying for college, and making a college plan.

Bureau for Private and Postsecondary Vocational Education External link opens in new window or tab.
The Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education, part of the California Department of Consumer Affairs, works to protect students attending privately operated postsecondary educational institutions.

California Career Center External link opens in new window or tab.
The California Career Center is a college and career exploration and planning portal for middle and high school students.

CaliforniaColleges.edu External link opens in new window or tab.
The career section provides tools to help explore career interests, learn about career opportunities, and understand what college majors are best for achieving career goals.

California Community Colleges External link opens in new window or tab.
California’s system of two-year public institutions, composed of 109 colleges statewide organized into 72 districts, serves more than 2.5 million students and represents the largest system of higher education in the world.

California State University (CSU) External link opens in new window or tab.
The CSU is a leader in high-quality, accessible, student-focused higher education. With 23 campuses, 400,000 students, and 42,000 faculty and staff, it is the largest, the most diverse, and one of the most affordable university systems in the country.

College Board External link opens in new window or tab.
A not-for-profit membership association whose mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity.

CSU Mentor External link opens in new window or tab.
CSU Mentor is an online resource designed to help students and their families learn about the CSU system, select a CSU campus to attend, plan to finance higher education, and apply for admission. Personal data entered by the user is not released without the user's expressed consent and direction. CSUMentor is free to use. The student will only pay the application fee charged directly by the CSU campus when an application for admission is submitted.

California Training Providers External link opens in new window or tab.
This Employment Development Department site displays information about community colleges, public and private universities and colleges and trade and technical schools in California. Included with each school is information about the training programs offered, number of students completing programs and links to the Web site (if available) of the school.

College Scorecard External link opens in new window or tab.
U.S. Department of Education’s College Affordability and Transparency Center can help you find out more about a college’s affordability and value so you can make more informed decisions about which college to attend.

University of California (UC) External link opens in new window or tab.
UC’s ten campuses at Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, Merced, Riverside, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Cruz and Santa Barbara provide exciting environments that foster world-class educational and research opportunities and generate a wide range of benefits and services that touch the lives of Californians every day.

Questions:   John Merris-Coots | JMerris@cde.ca.gov | 916-324-8151
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