If you are presently filling out your application for the UC system and/or the Cal State systems please PROOFREAD your application and send it in.
Every year, near the deadline of November 30, the UC system tends to “crash”.
The colleges have tried, often, to reinforce the fact that the system becomes very busy.
The “powers that be” have tried to implement and account for the hundreds of thousands of applications coming into their systems from all over the world.
With the “popular” California universities getting over 100,000 applications every year, that’s a lot of information to process for the nine campuses of the UCs and the 23 Cal States.
If you wait until the last minute there is no guarantee that the system will not become “dysfunctional”.
Many of you have off this week, or the next couple days for Thanksgiving. As parents who have been through this, we understand that you’ve been very busy and overwhelmed. Since the public and private (HS) schools will probably be closed the next couple of days, you need to make sure that you have a copy of your transcript online, or in hand, when you’re filling out your application; the school is not going to open for you. You won’t need to send in the transcript right now, but you need it to fill out your application. Your counselors are very, very busy.
It’s expected that you might be a little stressed and anxious. Please proofread your application. Then pay the application fee and send in your application.
From the website:
Application fees & waivers
The application fee is $70 for each UC campus ($80 for international and non-immigrant applicants). You can make your payment either by credit card or by mail, just be sure follow the instructions in the application.
Once your application has been submitted, you are expected to pay for all your campus choices, even if you cancel your application at a later date. The application fees are non-refundable.
UC will waive application fees for up to four campuses for qualiﬁed students who would otherwise be unable to apply for admission. The fee waiver program is for United States citizens, permanent residents, and applicants eligible for AB540 beneﬁts.
Fee waivers can’t be applied to more than four campuses, regardless of their source (e.g. UC, CollegeBoard/SAT). If you apply to more than four, you’ll need to pay $70 for each additional choice.
Good luck! Once it’s in, you will be able to focus on the other things going on in your life. If the universities need any information from you, they will contact you. It may not be within the next month so give them a little bit of time.
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