Additional Resources

Summer Resources

The summer in between school years is more than just a time to unwind after a long school year. It's also a good time to start getting ready for the school year, and to take care of any projects that you didn't get a chance to cover last year.
Use your summers wisely! CCGI's Summer Transition Guides give you some ideas on how to use your free time this summer to get a head start on the next school year, as well as how to start preparing for college.

Summer Transition Guide for 6th Grade & 7th Grade

Summer Transition Guide for 8th Grade

Summer Transition Guide for 9th Grade

Summer Transition Guide for 10th Grade

Summer Transition Guide for 11th Grade

Summer Transition Guide for 12th Grade

Personal Finance Resources

College OPTIONS Financial Aid Award Letter Comparison Tool

A tool of College OPTIONS, the Financial Aid Award Letter Comparison Tool is a valuable resource to help students and their families understand the reality of how much specific colleges costs after they receive financial aid award information from their schools. To learn more about College OPTIONS, click here. The following Guide and Tool are meant to be used together.

College OPTIONS Financial Aid Award Calculator Guide

College OPTIONS Financial Aid Award Calculator Tool

Budgeting for Real Life

When you begin working and start supporting yourself financially, life becomes expensive! The Budgeting for Real Life Tool requires Microsoft Excel. Based on common bills, the tool helps you begin to see how much it will cost you to live on your own. The cost estimates on the tool are just that, estimations: actual amounts vary depending on what city you live in. The following Guide and Tool are meant to be used together.

Budgeting for Real Life Guide

Budgeting for Real Life Tool

Other Resources

College Application Checklist

Use CCGI's College Application Checklist to manage all of the tasks you need to complete and all of the documents you need to collect as you apply to multiple colleges.

CCGI College Application Checklist worksheet

Overview of the Common Application

Accepted at more than 500 colleges worldwide, the Common Application is one of the most widely used college applications. Most, but not all, private independent colleges in California accept the Common App. Additionally, the Common App is accepted at many private independent colleges outside of California and at some out-of-state public colleges and universities as well. Using the Common App allows you to submit one online applicaiton to multiple schools.

Common Application Overview