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How an Admissions Consultant Helps You Prepare for School

Posted By Staff Writer on December 29, 2017

How Admissions Consultants Help You Prepare for College

No matter what stage of life you're in, preparing for college should be an exciting time, full of possibility and untapped potential. But it can be easy to get frustrated by the admissions process. Try not to let it demotivate you! There is someone waiting in your corner – that's what admissions consultants are for. You are more than just a number at California College San Diego, and the difference is noticeable. Our entire mission centers around ensuring your success – making sure you graduate and that you get a better job sooner – and we take it very seriously.

Individual Career Planning

Our admissions consultants work with you one-on-one to discuss career goals and provide a college experience tailored to you. They can help you work out your ideal class schedule, take you on a campus tour, and help you figure out the right program for you. The admissions process typically goes like this:

Talk to your admissions consultant.

Your initial conversation will probably be a call to the Contact Center to book an appointment. If you're a referral, you will likely first have an informal phone interview, in which you'll talk about your career goals and figure out which degree programs best fit into that trajectory. You'll then meet in person with a helpful Admissions Consultant, who will answer any questions you might have and get you on the right track to accomplishing your goals.

Talk to your financial planner.

He or she will break down the process of applying for financial aid and help you understand the financial requirements of being a student at CCSD. You'll discuss your financial aid and scholarship options and figure out which work best for your situation.

Plan your experience with your admissions consultant.

Once you've decided to attend, your admissions consultant will go over your background and ask you about your interests, needs, and what you want in a career. They'll help you understand the steps you need to take to become a student, and walk you through the admissions process.

Develop a customized financial plan.

After you've picked out a program and begun the enrollment process, your financial planner will help you assemble a financial strategy that's affordable and feasible. They'll guide you through the details and help you keep track of all the necessary paperwork and forms. Both the financial planner and admissions consultant will be there for you throughout your college journey. Our friendly staff will be there to help you with questions you might have. We do our best to make CCSD a positive experience for all of our students.

Financial Aid

The financial aid process can be overwhelming and complicated, but at CCSD we do all we can to simplify it. Your financial planner will work side-by-side with your admissions consultant to make the process as smooth as possible and provide the best, most-tailored results. Regardless of income, most people are eligible for some type of aid. Many are surprised at the amount they qualify for. Our personalized, unique approach ensures that each student gets every cent they qualify for and makes the process easy for you to understand. There are four main sources of financial aid: federal, state, institutional, and private. To learn what federal aid you might qualify for, visit with your financial planner. Veterans, active duty service members, and military spouses are eligible for additional benefits. For state assistance, ask your Financial Planner for information about Cal Grants. Institutional aid is that which is provided by some colleges and universities – and yes, CCSD offers scholarships and reasonable payment plans for tuition. And lastly, private assistance is that offered by businesses and other organizations, such as Discover. For more information about the types of degrees and programs CCSD offers, what financial aid you may be eligible for, and advice for getting started, just fill out a short information request form and speak with one of our friendly admissions consultants.