Balboa High School

Scholarship Central

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Frequently Asked Questions

How can I make sure that I am eligible for a 4-Year University?

To insure eligibility to a 4-year university you must complete the A-G requirements  with a 2.0 or greater for California State Universities and with a 3.0 or greater for UC’s.  You will need to take either the SAT or the ACT exam (see Eligibility Index).  Also note the UC’s do a comprehensive review of your college application so it is important to get involved with school activities, clubs, sports and do volunteer work in our community.  Please note the each Private University may have slightly different requirements, so check with that individual university’s website.

What do colleges want to see from me? 

GRADES.  The first thing that the college admissions evaluator will assess is your academic record.  They want to see if you chose to take a rigorous set of classes and how you did in your classes (i.e. have you tried to take an AP and/or Honors course?  Are you choosing to take extra years of Math, Science and Foreign Language?).  The evaluator will compute your Grade Point Average (GPA) both weighted and un-weighted (your weighted GPA takes into account the bump you get in your GPA for Honors and AP course). Your academic record is the first things that a college admissions evaluator will see and use towards determining acceptance.  Remember you can always work on improving your GPA! And senior year grades do matter!!!  Upon submitting your transcript the universities will not have your senior year grades (since you submit in the fall of your senior year), however your acceptance into college is also tentative based on your senior year grades. 

EXAM SCORES. You must take either the SAT or the ACT to be eligible for a 4-year university (see attached ACT vs. SAT sheet).  Once you submit your scores the university will use your score(s) as a determining factor for your admission.  It is recommended that you take either the SAT or ACT in the spring of your junior year so that you can decide to retake the exam (to improve your score) in the fall of your senior year.  Please note that some universities will accept the SAT II exam as an added assessment tool with your college application. 

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES. It is important to get involved with your school and your community!  UC’s and Private Universities are looking for well-rounded students who are motivated, have leadership skills and who show a commitment to their school and community. You can show your dedication by your participation in clubs, sports, athletics, leadership roles, community service and notable achievements.  Intensive participation in a few activities or projects usually is more significant than lesser involvement in a larger number.  When reporting your activities on college applications be specific and detailed about your role/involvement. 

RECOMMENDATIONS.  Many private universities require Counselor and teacher recommendations (UC’s and CSU’s do not have this requirement).  It is important that you investigate each college that you are applying to and learn if they require a recommendation.  Note that your Counselor will be receiving a high volume or requests for recommendations so make sure you DO NOT ask for a recommendation last minute. 

PERSONAL STATEMENT/ESSAYS. UC’s and Private Universities will require that you write a personal statement and/or an essay(s) to highlight a specific life experience.  An ill-composed essay may end your candidacy at a given college.  Your essays should be your best work and give the college a sense of who you are and who you want to become.

How can I get involved with school activities?

Try out for a sports team or join a club on campus. You can also try out for a school play or musical, become a Peer Leader, run for school office, or start your own club!  

How can I become a volunteer in my community?

Volunteering is a great way to give back to your community, learn about a career, get some work experience and help build your college application.  Volunteering should be fun so pick something that you will enjoy! You can become a volunteer by contacting local organizations to see about volunteer opportunities.

Website for College Students with Disabilities

We Connect Now is dedicated to uniting people interested in rights and issues affecting people with disabilities,

with particular emphasis on college students and access to higher education and employment issues.

College Center

College Center At A Glance

Check out the different college access programs we offer!


JCYC Educational Talent Search


JCYC Educational Talent Search (ETS) is a federally funded TRIO program, administered by JCYC. We serve low-income high school students who will be the first in their family to attend college. JCYC ETS offers year-round intensive services such as academic tutoring, college campus field trips, career exploration, college and financial aid advising, SAT prep, SAT/ACT waivers, and more! For more information on JCYC ETS, please visit the JCYC College Access website.


Contact Information:

Arthur De La Cruz

Monday - Thursday 9-5:30pm


JCYC Upward Bound


JCYC-UB is an intensive program that works with students from the beginning of high school through enrollment in college. We assist with every step of preparation and application to college. We provide close one-on-one academic advising/support, group workshops, weekly tutoring, mentoring, and college field trips. As well as an intensive, fun, and educating six-week summer program at local colleges where students will have the opportunity to take classes and experience college life


Contact information:

Fatima Albowyha

Monday - Thursday 8-4:30pm


SF STEM Academy


SF STEM Academy provides youth with the opportunity to explore the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). The SF STEM Academy's mission is to support students who are interested in STEM fields but have barriers to employment and accessing higher education. During after school hours & on occasional Saturdays, students participate in:

  • STEM Career Exploration
  • Job Readiness training
  • Supplemental Instruction in Math & Science
  • College Prep Advising

Based on participation, students are also eligible for a monthly stipend! In the summer students are placed in a paid 7-week STEM related summer internship!


Contact Information:

Greg Pancho

Monday - Thursday 9-5:30pm



uAspire works to ensure that all young people have the financial information and resources necessary to find an affordable path to – and through – a postsecondary education. uAspire advisors work with high school students and their families through the financial aid process by providing workshops and one-on-one advising. Through our work, students have the support and knowledge they need to overcome financial barriers and succeed in college.


Contact Information:

Carmen Chan

Monday and Thursdays 9-4:30pm 


10,000 Degrees


10,000 Degrees works to provide peer college advising, on-site high school support, financial aid management, as well as family outreach and awareness. Our program at Balboa High School focuses on matriculating seniors who are community-college-bound, specifically City College of San Francisco. We provide community-college-bound seniors with follow-up support during the summer and throughout their first year at City College.


Contact Information:

Ana Anguiano

Monday - Thursday 9-5:00pm




College Room Presentations

Visit to see those presentations!


Topics Include:

Affording College (uAspire Presentation)

College 101: Basic College Information for Juniors (JCYC ETS Presentation)

College Application Workshop (JCYC ETS Presentation)

UC Presentation (College Room + Counselors Presentation)

CSU Presentation (College Room + Counselors Presentation)

The Personal Statement (JCYC ETS Presentation)

Sending SAT/ACT Scores to Colleges (JCYC ETS Presentation)

CSU Application Guide (JCYC ETS Presentation)


Financial Aid Information

FAFSA: Complete if you are a US Citizen OR Permanent Resident

Online application: CLICK HERE

Students must complete the FAFSA every year to be eligible to receive federal and state aid. Schools use the information reported on your FAFSA to determine your financial aid package. Your Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) will be based on several factors including:

    • Annual family income and household size
    • Number of dependents attending college
    • Family assets
    • Other forms of income

California Dream Act: Complete if you are AB540         

Online application: CLICK HERE (for CA colleges only)

  • There are tons of scholarships that do NOT require applicants to be citizens or legal residents. For more information about scholarships, AB 540 and the Dream Act application, visit the College Center. Go to E4FC or MALDEF for more information.


Types of Financial Aid:


1. Grants: Money that does NOT need to be repaid…FREE $$$$



Need and merit based, state funded CA schools only

Cal Grant A:

• 3.0 or higher high school GPA and financial need

• Up to $12, 192 for UC, up to $5,472 for CSU, up to $9, 223 for privates.

• Renewable for up to 4 years (can be put on hold during community college)

Cal Grant B:

• 2.0 or higher high school GPA and financial need

• Year 1: Up to $1,473 living allowance

• Year 2: Up to $1, 473 living allowance PLUS Cal Grant A

• Renewable for up to 4 years (can be put on hold during community college)

Cal Grant C:

• Vocational programs (career based programs)

• Up to $574 for books, tools, etc., fees waived

• Renewable for up to 2 years

How to apply:

1. Complete FAFSA or Dream Act by March 2nd

2. GPA verification: SFUSD will send automatically

3. Create a Web Grants Account (click here to create) to check your Cal Grant eligibility and FAFSA status.




Need based, federally funded, two or four-year universities

  • Award amount: $650-$5,645
  • How to apply: Complete FAFSA by March 2nd


Based on admission to school’s EOP program

  • Award Amount: $100-$1000
  • How to apply: Student must be considered low-income and be among the first in his or her family to complete college in the United States.
  • CSU: There is an additional EOP application (deadlines vary by campus) you must file ASAP after you have submitted your admission application.

Access EOP Application Here


Need based, federally funded, 4-year school

  • Award amount: $100-$4,000
  • How to apply: Complete FAFSA by March 2nd


Need and merit based

  • Award amount: Varies by school
  • How to apply: Complete FAFSA by March 2nd


For foster youth or former foster youth

  • Award Amount: Up to $5,000
  • How to apply: Complete FAFSA by March 2nd

2. Loans: Borrowed money you must repay.



Subsidized (does not accrue interest until after college. Fixed 5% interest rate)

Loan Amount: Up to $3,000/year

How to apply: Complete FAFSA by March 2nd



May be subsidized or unsubsidized (Interest accrues while in college. Not fixed interest rate)

Loan amount: $5,500-$7,500/year

How to apply: Complete FAFSA by March 2nd


3. Work Study: Financial assistance earned by student through on-campus employment.

  • Award Amount: Varies
  • How to Apply: Complete FAFSA by March 2nd and indicate interest in work study

4. Scholarships: FREE money awarded to students based on merit, need, interests, etc.

  • Award Amount: Varies
  • How to Apply:
    • Visit the BHS College Center website for a comprehensive list of available scholarships
    • Make an account on,


2016-2017 How to apply to California Community Colleges

Requirements to get into a community college: 18 years of age OR High School Diploma or GED


5-step matriculation process (How to enroll in a Community College):

Create an account on

  1. Fill out the application for "Fall 2017" online and submit (
  2. Take Math/English placement exams
  3. Attend a New Student Orientation (The college you apply too when let you know when this is)
    • The Orientation will focus on test score interpretation, enrollment procedures, and information about educational programs and support services that you need to know to become successful.
    • Upon completion of the orientation you will:
      • Be able to interpret your test results
      • Learn the importance of balancing your school, work, and other personal time
      • Understand what it means to be on academic or progress probation status
      • Learn the importance of meeting with a Counselor and developing an education plan to meet your academic goals
      • Learn the difference between the College Catalog and Class Schedule and how to read them
      • Learn how to add/drop and withdraw from classes
      • Get an overview of services and resources available to students
      • Get an overview about graduation and transfer requirements
  4.  Meet with a counselor to help set up your class schedule (You will meet with a New Student counselor after you complete your online or in-person Orientation)
    • You will briefly review your educational background and goals and the math/ English placement test results with the counselor and select your first semester classes.
  5. Register for your classes
    • Now that you have finished Steps 1-4, you can use the registration appointment given to you when you submitted your admission application once you turn in your completed Matriculation component card.

 Do well on your Math/English placement exams:

  • Scoring well on the placement exams will prevent you from taking remedial courses.
    • Taking remedial courses will definitely lengthen the time it takes for you to transfer from community college to university.
  • For retaking exams – you can take the exams three months after the first sitting if you HAVEN’T enrolled in a course. It will take you six months after the first sitting to retake the exam if you have already enrolled in a course.

 Transfer Center:

  • Each community college has a transfer center that provides service for all students transferring to a university after community college.
  • This is a good place for you to find which universities the college has transfer agreements with.
  • At transfer centers, you can find out whether that college has a transfer agreement with a particular university. You must fulfill certain requirement such as follow a certain curriculum and maintain a certain GPA to be admitted - check with each community college Transfer Center to see if they have an agreement at a particular institution.
  • Student Transfer Information System:

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College Admission Requirements

Community College

Deadline: In the Spring

  1. Must be 18 or a High School Graduate
  2. Have transfer agreements with many colleges and universities
    • Guaranteed Admission

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2016-2017 College Essay Tips & Prompts

Think about these questions:

  • What is important to you?
  • Did you grow up in a small town or large city?
  • Are you the only child or do you have a large family?
  • Do you identify with one or more cultures?
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2016-2017 UC Freshman Application Tips and Tools

Please CLICK HERE for the 2016-2017 UC application tips and tools! 


Please CLICK HERE to apply for UC schools.

2016-2017 Instructions on Completing the California State University (CSU) Application

1. Bring a copy of your Current transcript

2. Bring your Current Parent(s) 2015 Income information or from 2014.

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  • How much they earned last year (Adjusted Gross ...more

2016-2017 Guide for the Common Application (Private School Application)


The first 4 pages of the Common Application require information you can usually answer off the top of your head, but you also have to know a few ...more

2017-2018 Test Dates and Registration Deadlines

 2017-2018 SAT Test Dates:


Test Date

Registration Deadline

Late Registration Deadline (Late Fee Required)


August 26, 2017


July 28, 2017

August 15, 2017


October 7, 2017


September 8, 2017


September 27, 2017


November 4, 2017


October 5, 2017

October 25, 2017


December 2, 2017


November 2, 2017


November 21, 2018

March 10, 2018

February 9, 2018

February 28, 2018


May 5, 2018


April 6, 2018


April 25, 2018


June 2, 2018


May 3, 2018


May 23, 2018




2017-2018 ACT Test Dates:


Test Date

Registration Deadline

Late Registration Deadline (Late Fee Required)


September 9, 2017


August 4, 2017

August 18, 2017

October 28, 2017


September 22, 2017


October 6, 2017


December 9, 2017


November 3, 2017


November 17, 2017


February 10, 2018


January 12, 2018


January 19, 2018


April 14, 2018


March 9, 2018


March 23, 2018


June 9, 2018


May 4, 2018

May 18, 2018


College Admissions Testing

SAT, ACT and PSAT Information:

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College Applications and Resources


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College Eligibility and Planning Links


In order to enroll as a full-time student in a California Community College, students must have a high school diploma or equivalent, or be at least 18 years old.

College Major and Career Research


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