2020 College Admissions Information

Transcript Requests

Need to send your high school transcript to a college?
  • Class of 2020:
    • For copies of your transcript for you or to be sent to a college, contact Mrs. Diaz at kdiaz@helixcharter.net and make a request via email.

  • Class of 2021:
    • Make sure the college is actually asking for it now
      • UC and CSU schools do NOT want them now.
    • Make sure the college is on your Colleges Applying to list
      • Click on "+ Request Transcripts"
        • If request is to be sent before Janaury, choose Initial
        • If request is to be sent after Fall grades have posted, Janaury - May, Choose Mid-Year
        • Do NOT use this system for Final Transcripts. (We will review that process closer to graduation.

Need to send your Grossmont/Cuyamaca transcript to a college?
  • Go to this site and follow the instructions.

UPDATE Naviance
As you get your admission results from colleges, PLEASE update them in Naviance. It is important during this time that the college center has this information to best support you. Next to each campus, click "edit" on the popup page, be sure it is marked that you submitted an application AND record the result of your application from the result pull down menu. Then click UPDATE.

***Remember all colleges, Military Branches and work should be on the list if you are considering options.

When you have decided what you are going to do next fall, you should update the bottom of the page..."College I'm Attending" you will have a pull down menu of the schools listed above that you have been accepted to.

A message from the California Community College Chancellor's Office"
Download Letter to High School Students - English
Download Letter to High School Students - Spanish

Grossmont/Cuyamaca College Promise Requirements:

If you have not completed all the steps to be granted the California Promise at Grossmont or Cuyamaca College, NOW is the time. In order to receive the FREE Tuition Program, all steps must be completed as soon as possible.

Step-By-Step Slide Show on what to do

New Student Check List

three different ways how they can get the advising done through counseling services:


1)     Ask A Counselor

2)     E-Advising

3)     Virtual Appointment with a counselor

Go to the Grossmont counseling website for your reference. 


Virtual College Events

UC Santa Barbara:
Freshmen online events and Resources
Campus Tours, Webinars, Contact Information
 UC Davis: 
Aggie Experience Live Ask an Advisor portal. We continue to post the latest information on admissions updates related to COVID-19 on our website.
 For accepted students hoping to make their decisions, and for juniors who are unable to visit schools over break, this might prove a useful resource.
UC Santa Cruz:
COVID19 Update website 

Join Cal State East Bay for a Virtual Admissions Town Hall Meeting.

Register Here 
 Check Your portals and admissions pages for more information

Advise for making a College Decision

Financial Aid Information

Navigating Financial Aid Once You’re Accepted (Part 1)This first guide will walk you through how to understand your financial aid award letter.

How to Write a Great Financial Aid Appeal Letter (Part 2): If the financial aid award you received from college is making it tough to attend, it might be worth appealing it. Here's a more detailed step-by-step guide to writing a great financial aid appeal letter.

Changes to College Deadlines

For more up to date information, contact the specific college admissions office directly

CSU Specific Information


Message from CSU:
Please be assured that all CSU campuses are prepared to be as flexible as possible when working with fall 2020 applicants on meeting admission requirements and selection.  This flexibility will vary by campus and potentially by major applied due to impaction.  Although there has been disruption, as campuses transition to some or all staff working remotely, processing of applications and communications is still taking place.  We would encourage fall 2020 applicants to continue to check their email and campus portals regularly. We would encourage applicants to contact campuses via email and be patient while awaiting a response.

UC Specific Information

Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) updates

The deadline to accept an offer of admission, known as the Statement of Intent to Register, remains May 1 for freshmen and June 1 for transfers. Students who need additional time, or who need a deferment of a deposit, should contact their campus admissions office directly.

Requests will be considered individually by each campus providing maximum flexibility to students needing extensions, and individual campuses have the authority to extend the deadline for accepting admission offers beyond May 1 or June 1. If a campus has extended its admissions deadline, they will notify admitted students directly.

To inquire about receiving an extension, students should contact the admissions office of the campuses to which they have been admitted or use the messaging tool provided within the admitted students' portal.


Waitlist information

Information for freshmen
Fall-term freshman applicants who received waitlist offers have an opt-in deadline of April 15. 

Students can accept waitlist offers from multiple campuses, but can only accept one offer of admission.

Even if a student accepts a waitlist offer at a UC campus, that student should submit a Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) to ensure a place to attend in the fall.

Analytical Writing Placement Exam (AWPE) update

Due to COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, the May 9, 2020 UC Analytical Writing Placement Exam (AWPE) has been cancelled.

Students intending to take the AWPE on May 9th will have other opportunities to satisfy UC’s Entry Level Writing Requirement and will hear more about these options from their intended UC campus in the coming months. 

Financial Aid update

Financial Aid Award Offers
Students who have been admitted to the University of California have most likely received financial aid offers. But what does it all mean, right? There are some key elements that students should look for when reviewing financial aid award offers and determining how much a school is going to cost:

  1. The cost of attendance – This is the estimate of the total cost to attend a school for one academic year, including not only tuition and fees, but living expenses as well.  Remember most California students don’t pay the full cost of attendance to attend UC and that is because of the second item in this list, Gift Aid.
  2. Gift Aid – This is a category of financial aid awards that students do not have to pay back and are usually called either Grants or Scholarships. Students should think of these funds as a discount on the cost of attendance.  Over 70% of California students attending UC receive grants and scholarships to help reduce their costs. By subtracting these amount from the cost of attendance, a student can determine the best estimate of what their education costs will be for the year. We refer to this as your “Net Cost”. Net cost can be partially and sometime fully paid for by the next two items.
  3. Loans – The federal government offers students low interest rate loans to help cover educational costs. Nearly 58% of California students take out student loans and, on average graduate with $10,000 less in loans than the national average to complete their degree. Loans are also offered to parents in the form of a Federal PLUS Loan.
  4. Work or Work-study – Work-study may also be something that a student sees in their financial aid award offer and can be used to cover a portion of a student’s net costs. In order to utilize this offer,students must secure a qualified position. If a student is not offered work-study, but would like to be considered, they should contact their campus financial aid office. With or without a work-study offer, UC assumes that students will work part-time in order to help with their educational costs. It’s recommended that students work 20 hours or less during the academic year.
Something students will not see on their financial aid offer is private/outside scholarships. Your students can greatly reduce your need to work and borrow by receiving private/outside scholarships.  So advise them to take this time to research and apply for as many private scholarships that they can.
Changing Financial Circumstances:
We understand that students and their families may be financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic now or in the coming months. Students and families who believe that their situation has changed significantly and who would like to have their financial aid re-considered should do these three things:
  1. Utilize the campus financial aid calculators to determine if the change in their family’s finances would affect the amount of financial aid they are eligible to receive.
  2. If the calculator shows a change in financial aid eligibility they should contact the financial aid office at the campus they are planning to attend to get information on their appeal process.
  3. For the best information on how to reach their campus’s financial aid office they should check the student portal or on the financial aid website. Campuses will respond to students by email, telephone, or with virtual counseling sessions.

Re-evaluations of financial aid are likely to occur later this summer. Please remind your students that these evaluations are done on a on a case by case basis and that process requirements can vary from campus to campus.

UC campuses virtual programs for admitted students

As part of UC's ongoing effort to take proactive measures to limit the potential spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), campuses have transitioned from in-person events and programs for admitted students and families to virtual and online formats. These changes are in keeping with guidance from public health officials to avoid large gatherings as a way to limit community spread of the coronavirus. We understand that for visitors to campus who enjoy these events, the changes may be disappointing and we apologize for any inconvenience. The health and safety of the campuses and broader communities are of the utmost importance. 

All campuses are planning a wide array of opportunities for freshman and transfer admitted students to learn more about campus and engage with admission staff in the coming weeks.  Examples include but are not limited to:

  • Virtual Open House
  • Live chats
  • Webinars (live and recorded)
  • Phone, email and/or text opportunities
  • Online presentations
  • Social media events and programs 
For the most current information on upcoming virtual and online programs and events for admitted students, as well as campus updates, please contact individual campuses. The contact list below includes links to websites for admitted student virtual events or the public website for admitted student virtual/online programs and services. Please keep in mind that information for these sites will be updated throughout the coming weeks. 

UC Berkeley: Admission Office | Admitted Student website | Counselor Information 
UC Davis: Admission Office | Freshman Decision Day | Transfer Decision Day | Virtual Tour
UC Irvine: Admission Office | Celebrate UCI Day | Virtual Tour
UC Los Angeles: Admission Office | Bruin Bound | Virtual Tours
UC Merced: Admission Office | Webinars and Videos | Virtual Tours
UC Riverside: Admission Office | Highlander Day | Virtual Tours
UC San Diego: Admission Office | Triton Day | Transfer Triton Day | Virtual Tour
UC Santa Barbara: Admission Office | Webinars and Online Events | Virtual Tour
UC Santa Cruz: Admission Office | Admitted Student website | Virtual Tour

Withdrawing/Cancelling a UC admission application

If you have students who have decided to attend another university or college, please see here for campus-specific instructions on how they can cancel/withdraw their UC application.

Advanced Placement (AP) credit

The College Board recently announced changes to the AP exam format for spring 2020 due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis. For this year only, AP exams will be administered in 45-minute online format which students will take from home. The exams will include material that most high schools would have covered through early March. Despite the shortened exam format and reduced content, UC recognizes the effort that students have already applied in these challenging courses and will continue to award UC credit consistent with previous years for 2020 AP exams completed with scores of 3, 4, or 5.