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It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way.

– Ernest Hemingway

A question that I often come across on homeschool forums is what can you do to help a struggling writer. I had a struggling writer for many years, and now that he is 16 and thinking about college he is debating majoring in writing. Let me repeat that because it is a remarkable statement:

My struggling writer is now thinking about majoring in writing at college.

How did he get from the point of tears over writing to the point of loving writing? How long did the journey take? What materials were used? All of these questions I hope to answer now for the benefit of any of you who are trying to figure out what to do with your own struggling writer, and I hope to also give you hope and inspiration for your own homeschooling journey.

To do this I have to start at the beginning of our journey. My son Truffaut and his twin sister Autry were homeschooled from the start. There were many reasons why I chose to homeschool. One of the reasons that drew me to homeschooling was that the twins were born prematurely and I worried about their ability to move at the predetermined pace of a traditional school. As I look back over the years I am very happy I made this choice.

Tru was a very curious and intelligent little boy. He loved to listen to audiobooks, he loved building Legos and drawing, and he loved learning. He especially loved learning everything he could about history, science, and math. He also loved our studies in art and music. However, there was one area in which he struggled and that was in reading and writing.

While his sister picked up reading at quite a young age, Tru struggled with it. While his sister was a very young author writing her own stories at 6, Tru struggled with it. While his sister was filling out her handwriting book in a few weeks, Tru struggled with it. At first I wasn’t sure what to do about what I was seeing. I wondered why something could come so easily to one twin and yet be such a struggle for the other. I worried as all new homeschooling parents do, and I desperately tried to find a program that would work for him.

And then I decided one day that this was not worth it. He was not enjoying the process and neither was I. I put away all the writing curriculum I had while also putting away any preconceptions and hang ups I possessed. I decided that the early years were more important than any curriculum or standards, and as I look back I am very content with the way our beginning years looked. They were relaxed, care-free, and yet full of so many learning opportunities that I was not worried by the lack of written output that went along with those years. Truffaut was learning in a way that was meaningful and inspiring to him and that was all that mattered.

Then suddenly I found myself facing the transition years, those years right before high school when, as a homeschool parent, I felt a pressure that I hadn’t felt in a long time. How was I going to get my soon-to-be teenage son writing in a way that would reflect the student he was? What could I do to set him in the right direction?

At this point, I felt the time was right for a program that would hold both our hands as we transitioned to a formal writing curriculum. After spending too much time on the internet looking at samples I decided to go with IEW for the first step on his journey to becoming a confident writer. I chose IEW because it seemed like a perfect match for someone who struggled with writing as it gave step-by-step instructions on partaking in the writing process. It was a perfect match for my son in the beginning, and we ended up using it for about 6 months. We didn’t stick with it for very long because it became tedious and boring, and I wanted my son to grow as a writer which I didn’t see happening with IEW. It was, however, the right choice for a first step, and through it I did achieve my goal of helping Truffaut to understand how to write.

Next we moved to Writing with Skill, a program by Susan Wise Bauer. It is part of her classical writing series that starts with Writing with Ease. The program is recommended for fifth grade and up and is very rigorous. Tru and I used the first ten weeks of it at this point, and we hated every minute of it. It is a difficult program that takes time to figure out for both the student and the parent. Every time I dragged the books out we would both moan, but we did it. And I saw a great progress unfold in Tru’s ability to write academically, and he also felt more confident about the process.

We stopped after 10 weeks to work on creative writing as he needed a break from the academic side. This is where Tru’s writing really took off. I knew that he needed support in this area. I couldn’t just send him off and say write something because he still lacked confidence and had trouble getting his ideas and thoughts down on paper. Because of this I decided to make writing a family affair with all three of my children and myself working together.

The kids and I worked on writing in several different ways. We started with online writing prompts that were very enjoyable to respond to.

We would all read the prompt and then write for fifteen minutes. After that we would share what we had written. The sharing of our writing was the best part and we usually all got a good laugh from it. (You can read more about this idea here and see the writing prompts we used here.) Soon we were writing our own prompts for others to use.

My daughter was the one who came up with this idea, and it was great. It was another form of creative writing and the prompt became almost as important as the response.

The next step the kids took was to write stories together using Google Drive. I am happy to say that this step did not involve me at all. The kids came up with this writing game all on their own. How it works is that one person writes a few lines in Google drive, then the others will add to it. If someone doesn’t like what the other writes, there will be a debate and then revisions take place. Also, if someone misspells something or if their grammar is wrong the others will correct. It is this editing that helped Tru immensely, and it is the sharing of ideas that motivated him.

The last component that contributed to enriching his creative writing was RPG Maker. RPG Maker is a program that allows one to make their own role playing games. It is perfect for someone who loves video games, programming, and storytelling. When Truffaut first started working with RPG Maker I wasn’t expecting much, but I was wrong. He took off with it and began making very complicated games that included accomplished storylines. As of right now, he has made over 30 RPG games and all of them include a storyline. Right now he is working on a comedy game called Law and Disorder about a young obscure lawyer who makes a name for herself in the courtroom. RPG Maker is one of the main catalysts that pushed him on the path to becoming a strong writer.

After quite a lot of time working on creative writing we transitioned back to academic writing. At this point Truffaut was 14. We dragged out Writing With Skill again and worked through the whole book. Again it was tedious and frustrating, but we stuck through it even when we didn’t want to. When he finished the book we celebrated. It was a major accomplishment, and I could see he was more confident in his academic writing than ever before.

I followed Writing With Skill up with The Lively Art of Writing, which is a very helpful and affordable book on writing. In addition Tru took an online class at Bravewriter to cement everything he had learned up to that point. After this he began taking more and more online classes, and he has gone on to become a very proficient writer who knows how to put an essay together, write a strong thesis, analyze various materials, cite sources, and write a conclusion. If you were to read some of his essays today you would never think that he once struggled to even get a single sentence down on paper.

As for his creative writing Truffaut just completed a short horror story called The Radio Man that “explores the fragility of the human psyche in relation to traumatic memories of the past.” He is currently working on the editing process on this story (an area we have just started to tackle) and then he hopes to write more short stories which format he really enjoys at the moment.

He has also begun thinking about majoring in writing in college. It is one of a few different majors he is pondering at the moment. When he came to me to discuss this I was slightly shocked. I pondered how far he has come over these past few years, how much frustration he had overcome, and how many times he and I both felt that we couldn’t do this. I am writing to tell all those who have struggling writers you can do this. It takes time and you have to find the right programs (including ones that are fun to do) but it will happen. Naturally, with practice and determination, your struggling writer will one day discover their own abilities, their own voice.

 

This article was originally published at SEA: An Eclectic Approach to Becoming a Writer

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Activities & Awards CAQs



What if I don't have any activities or awards? Will I be penalized?
Activities and awards are not required. Knowing what you have done outside of school simply adds to our understanding of you as an applicant.

What is coursework other than 'a-g'?
We call academic subjects (history/social studies, English, etc.) the 'a-g' subject areas. Here, we want to know about other courses you have taken that have helped shape you but that might not have been granted academic credit.

Why can I list only five courses?
We want to know which have been most significant to you.

Why can I list only five educational preparation programs?
We want to know which have been most significant to you.

Why can I list only five volunteer experiences?
We want to know which have been most significant to you.

Why can I list only five jobs?
We want to know which have been most significant to you.

Why do you want to know how I plan to spend the money I've earned?
Having this information gives us a more complete picture of you.

Why can I list only five awards or honors?
We want to know which have been most significant to you.

Why can I list only five activities?
We want to know which have been most significant to you.    back

Fees & Payments CAQs



I did not qualify for a fee waiver. What should I do if I can't afford to apply?
Select check as your method of payment, then print out your bill and send it to the application center along with a College Board fee waiver, EOPS fee waiver or letter stating your family income and how many people are supported by that income. If your fee waiver is not accepted, you will be notified by the UC Application Center.

If I withdraw my application, will my fee be refunded?
No. Application fees are nonrefundable.

Campus & Majors CAQs



If I've already submitted my application and want to apply to an additional campus, should I start a new application?
No. If the campus you want to apply to is still open, you can add it to your existing application. You will have to pay an additional application fee.

Which campuses are open to me?
View the list of open campuses.

Are all majors open to me?
View the list of closed majors.

Why are majors showing as closed?
Some majors are open only to certain types of applicants (e.g., freshmen, junior-level transfers). Additionally, campuses have limited offerings for sophomore transfers and second baccalaureate and limited status applicants. Majors also are limited after the November filing period.

What if I want to double major?
If the program you want to pursue is not an official double major program, select one major as the primary and the second major as the alternate.

What is an alternate major?
This is an option to select another area of potential interest should you not meet the selection criteria for a specific major or academic area of study (e.g., Engineering, Biological Sciences, Theater, etc.). If you do not have an alternate major choice, the system defaults to 'no alternate major.' Some campuses do not allow an alternate major choice.

What if I am undecided about my major?
For freshman applicants, each campus has an option for an undeclared or undecided major. It may be found within a specific college (e.g., College of Letters and Science) or found in a listing of all undeclared majors (e.g., Irvine, Riverside and Santa Cruz's Undeclared Majors). Undecided/Undeclared generally is not an option for junior-level transfer applicants.

What is a supplemental application?
Some majors require additional information for the admissions process. Please follow the instructions given specifically for these majors within the published deadlines.

Exams & Test Scores CAQs



How do I provide my best scores (i.e., super score) from different test dates?
UC does not accept a "super score". Please self-report only the SAT test date with the highest total score or the ACT test date with the highest composite score. Scores from other test dates can be ordered and reported officially from the testing agency.     back

I haven't taken the ACT with Writing, SAT Reasoning or SAT with Essay. What should I do?
If you haven't taken an exam, try to take it by December. If you are unable to do so, check the appropriate box and explain why in the space provided. Failing to take the exams may affect your admission.     back

I plan to study for and take my ACT or SAT after I graduate from high school. Is this acceptable?
All requirements for freshman admission, including the examination requirement, must be completed prior to high school graduation.     back

I took the SAT Math Level 1 Subject Test. Where do I enter my score?
We only accept the Math Level 2 exam, however, you may choose to send your official Math Level 1 score in order to clear a math subject area deficiency.     back

Are AP exams required?
No, but if you have taken or plan to take any AP exams, report them on the AP Exam page. This provides us with additional information about your academic history.     back

When do I arrange to have my AP scores sent?
If you have or will have AP scores, request that the official score report be sent by the testing agency to the UC campus where you plan to enroll, after you have accepted the offer of admission; unlike ACT and SAT scores, AP scores are not shared with each campus to which you have applied.     back

What if I will receive/received an AP Capstone diploma?
List your AP Capstone diploma under the Awards & Honors section, Activities and Awards page.     back

Where do I report my IB exams?
Predicted International Baccalaureate (IB) results should be reported on the International External Exams page. Completed IB exams should be reported on the IB Exams page.     back

Are IB exams required?
No, but if you have taken or plan to take any IB exams, report them on the IB Exam page. This provides us with additional information about your academic history.     back

What if my IB exam is not listed?
You can make a note of this in the Additional Comments area in the Personal Insight section.     back

Which test section do I put planned IB tests in? IB exams section with scores not yet received or International External Exam - IB exams with predicted scores?
Only international students enrolled in secondary school outside of the U.S. should report their predicted IB exam scores on the International External Exams page. For all students, completed and/or planned IB exams should be reported on the IB Exams page.    back

Who should report predicted IB exam scores?
Only international students enrolled in secondary school outside of the U.S. should report their predicted IB exam scores. Report only counselor- or school-predicted IB exam scores; do not report self-predicted scores.    back

Where do I report my predicted IB exam scores?
Predicted International Baccalaureate (IB) results should be reported on the International External Exam page. Completed IB exams should be reported on the IB Exam page.    back

When do I arrange to have my AP or IB scores sent?
If you have or will have AP or IB scores, request that the official score report be sent by the testing agency to the UC campus where you plan to enroll, after you have accepted the offer of admission; unlike ACT and SAT scores, AP and IB scores are not shared with each campus to which you have applied.     back

What are the TOEFL and IELTS exams?
The TOEFL and IELTS are English proficiency exams for students whose native language is not English and who have had the majority of their education in secondary/high school and college/university in a country where English is not the native language.     back

What is the minimum accepted score on the TOEFL or IELTS?
The minimum accepted score for the TOEFL is 80 for the Internet-based test and 550 for the paper-based test. The IELTS examination is accepted with a 6.5 or better band score (academic modules). For admission selection, a UC campus may require a score higher than the minimum.     back

How should I report my exam subjects and grades?
Report all external exams completed and planned on the International External Exams page. Select the grades/marks received exactly as they appear on your certified results sheet rather than the mark assigned by your teacher at the end of the course. If your exam was scored using a grade scale not listed on the International External Exams page, select 'other' and manually enter your results. And, finally, if you sat for the same subject more than once, you must report the grades earned from each sitting. If only part of your schooling included external exams, report your school courses and grades as they will be listed on your official secondary school transcript in the Academic History section of the application.     back

I haven't taken the SAT Subject Tests. Will my application still be considered?
Yes. We do not require Subject Tests, but if you have taken them and want to report your scores we will consider them in our review of your application. Some majors at some campuses recommend specific Subject Tests.     back

If I update my test scores, will they be sent to the campuses to which I have applied?
Yes, the application center will forward your scores to all campuses to which you have applied. You still must arrange to have official scores sent by the testing agency to at least one campus.     back

Course Work CAQs


  Freshman and Sophomore Applicants

  All Transfer Applicants

  Upper Division Transfer Applicants


Can I submit my transcripts instead of entering all my coursework and grades?
No. Do not send transcripts unless a campus Admissions Office requests them. If you are admitted you will be required to submit official transcripts.     back

I took external exams (e.g., A-levels, GCSE, IGSCE, CBSE, ICE, Standard X/XII, SPM/STPM). How should I list my subjects and grades?
Report all external exams completed and planned on the International External Exams page in the Test Score section. Select the grades/marks received exactly as they appear on your certified results sheet rather than the mark assigned by your teacher at the end of the course. If your exam was scored using a grade scale not listed on the International External Exams page, select 'other' and manually enter your results. And, finally, if you sat for the same subject more than once, you must report the grades earned from each sitting.     back

If I repeated a course, should I list it twice?
Yes. List the courses you took and grades you earned for each term, even if you repeated them or plan to repeat them.     back


Freshman and Sophomore Applicants

Why do you want to know about my 7th/8th grade courses?
Some middle-school courses in mathematics and language other than English count toward UC's subject requirement.     back

What if I only took or passed one semester of my 7th/8th grade courses?
Select "Less than full year" under the Term Period if you did not complete and pass the equivalent of two full semesters of the course.     back

What are 'a-g' subject areas?
We call academic subjects (history/social science, English, etc.) the 'a-g' subject areas. Each accredited California high school has a list of courses that have been certified by UC as meeting the 'a-g' subject requirements. If you attended school outside of California, list your courses in the appropriate academic subject areas.     back

How can I meet the geometry requirement?
Integrated math courses with geometry content (e.g., Math II, Math III, etc.) are acceptable substitutes for a standard course in geometry.     back

I am lacking two years of a language other than English (LOTE) but am fluent in another language. How can I show I have met the requirement?
You can meet this requirement in one of several ways, including through SAT Subject Tests. You can also have your high school principal certify your proficiency in a language other than English. Tell us how you have met this requirement in the Additional Comments section.     back

How should I enter my honors level courses?
Enter your honors level courses, as identified by your high school, by selecting "HL" as the Honors Type for the course(s).     back

What are UC-approved honors courses?
UC approves courses at all accredited California high schools as meeting the 'a-g' requirements. Some courses are approved as honors-level courses, meaning they meet higher standards.     back

Why can't I enter pluses and minuses in the grade field?
In calculating your high school GPA, we don't count pluses and minuses.     back

Should I list summer school courses as taken during the prior or upcoming school year?
Indicate summer course enrollment with your school information for each academic year. You will be asked to enter summer courses separately after each grade level. If you took college courses, enter them in the Colleges & Courses section.     back

What if I took online courses?
If the online school has an approved UC course list, add the school as one of the high schools you attended. We no longer allow principal certification of online courses.     back

What if I took college courses that were offered/taught at my high school?
If you took a course through a community college, regardless of the physical location of the course, enter the community college in your list of colleges attended while in high school.     back

Are all college courses given an honors point?
The additional honors point is awarded to college-level courses that are transferable to the University of California. High school-level courses taken at a community college do not receive the honors designation.     back

What if I took a course for just one semester?
For the off-term, enter the grade of NO (No Course).     back

What if I took a course for just one semester?
If your school''s term system is Semester (2 final grades per year), enter your summer grade in one of the grade fields and enter "NO" for the other grade field. If your school's term system is Trimester(3 final grades per year), enter your summer grade(s) in 2 of the grade fields and "NO" for the other grade field. If your school's term system is Quarter (4 final grades per year), enter your 2 summer grades received and "NO" for the other 2 grade fields.     back

I attend school outside the United States. How should I enter my academic history?
Complete the Academic History as best you can. Be sure to list all schools attended, beginning with grade nine, even though grade nine may have been completed at a junior high or middle school. Report all academic subjects completed and grades/marks earned each year exactly as they appear on your official secondary school transcript or academic record. UC has experienced international admission specialists who are knowledgeable about the different grading systems and methods of reporting coursework in different countries. If you sat/will sit for international external exams, report your exam subjects and grades on the International External Exams page in the Test Score section.
You can also contact an International Admissions Specialist at the campus you want to attend. Their contact information is included on the campus pages of the UC admissions website.     back

I'm a sophomore transfer student. Why do I need to list my high school courses and grades?
Knowing your high school record helps us determine if you're eligible for admission prior to junior standing. We accept sophomore transfer students only if they met UC admission requirements in high school or met all but the subject requirement and have taken the missing subjects in college.     back

My primary and secondary education total 13 years. How should I report my coursework?
In the United States, 12th grade is equivalent to the year of schooling before you attend university. If you attended school in a system where primary and secondary education total 13 years (Germany or Great Britain, for example), list your 13th year of coursework under 12th grade and work backward through 11th, 10th and 9th grades. It's also important to note that we often use the words 'college' and 'university' interchangeably. In the U.S., college level is the same as university level; college is not upper-level secondary school.     back

How can I tell if a California community college course meets an 'a-g' subject requirement?
Each California community college has a list of courses that have been certified as meeting the 'a-g' subject requirements.     back

I attend an Early/Middle College program/High School Completion Plus AA degree program. How do I report my college courses?
If you attend a school where you earn a high school diploma and college credit at the same time, enter the high school you attend and the classes taken at the high school first. After you complete your high school information, you will be asked about colleges and college courses taken while in high school.     back

Where and when do I send my high school transcript?
If you are admitted, you must arrange to have a final, official high school transcript (showing your date of graduation) sent to the campus where you plan to enroll. Unless a campus requests it, do not send a transcript during the application process.     back


All Transfer Applicants

Do I have to report college/university coursework I completed outside the U.S.?
You must report all colleges/universities you have attended and all coursework attempted, regardless of how long you attended or the grades you earned, whether courses were completed or whether you believe the record will affect your chances for admission or yield transfer credit. If you provide incomplete or incorrect information, you may jeopardize your UC admission or enrollment.     back

How can I report my military courses?
Report military courses (not academic courses completed at a college or university) in the "Additional Comments" box - not in the "Colleges and Courses" section. Do not submit any transcripts at this time. If you are admitted and accept an offer of admission, you can then submit official military transcripts (e.g., ACE, SMAART) to the UC campus of your choice. UC may award transfer credit for some of your military courses if the content is equivalent to a course taught by the University of California.     back

Do I have to submit my military transcript?
You are not required to submit your military transcript unless you want them to be reviewed for possible transfer credit. However, if you do not submit them by the stated deadline after you have been admitted, the admission office may not be able to review them after you begin classes at the campus.     back

How do I request a military transcript?
Visit the American Council on Education (ACE) website at: acenet.edu - search for "military transcripts".     back

What if I list a course as planned and I end up not taking it?
You will be able to update your application. About five weeks after the application submission deadline, you must log in to your application and complete the transfer academic update to confirm or change your planned coursework.     back

How do I enter a course with more than 15 units?
Manually enter the course as Course Title-Part 1, Course Title-Part 2, etc. Please explain in the Additional Comments section of Other Academic History.     back

I have not participated in a transfer admission program. Will my application still be considered?
Yes. Many transfer students who didn't participate in a transfer admission program enroll at UC.     back

I have not taken the required transferable courses listed. Will my application still be considered?
If you are a sophomore transfer applicant and were eligible for admission out of high school or have satisfied the missing subjects, you do not have to complete the seven-course pattern. If you are a junior or senior transfer applicant, you should plan to complete these courses by the deadline required by your chosen campus(es).     back

What if I am using AP credit to fulfill the transferable course requirements?
Enter AP exams scores in the Test Scores section of the application. Some AP exam scores of 3, 4, or 5 may be used in appropriate subject areas (exception: only one of the two English courses required can be satisfied by an AP exam score). To learn which AP exams can be used to meet the 7-course pattern go to: AP Exam Chart    back

What is IGETC?
IGETC is a series of courses California community college students can take to satisfy the lower-division general education/breadth requirements at UC. It is not an admission requirement. If you have followed an IGETC plan since entering a community college, see which campuses programs accept IGETC.     back

What is the Entry-Level Writing Requirement?
All UC undergraduates must demonstrate proficiency in writing. You can fulfill this requirement by completing a transferable college English composition course worth 4 quarter (3 semester) units. More     back

During the Transfer Academic Update period, my fall term grades will not be available until after the priority deadline. What do I do?
Select STLIP (still in progress) for your course grades. Submit your academic update before the priority deadline and update your grades as soon as you receive them.     back

After completing the Transfer Academic Update, what if I list a course as planned and I end up not taking it?
Once you've submitted the Transfer Academic Update, you may log back in and make necessary changes.     back

Where and when do I send my college transcript(s)?
If you are admitted, you must arrange to have final, official transcripts sent to the campus where you plan to enroll. Unless a campus requests it, do not send a transcript during the application process.     back


Upper Division Transfer Applicants

What if I don't remember my UC TAP login information?
You will need to retrieve this information from UC TAP in order to verify your identity and initiate the import into the application for admission to the University. UC TAP accounts and the UC admissions application accounts are NOT directly linked.     back

Will all my information get pulled in from the UC Transfer Admission Planner?
Even though personal and demographic information are contained in UC TAP, only the academic history (school, coursework and UC TAP/TAG information) will be available for import into the UC application.     back

I am getting a message that my coursework is not available even though I have a UC Transfer Admission Planner account. Why am I getting this message?
Make sure you are using the correct UC TAP login ID and UC TAP email.     back

I have updated some coursework in my UC Transfer Admission Planner. How do I import that new information?
UC Transfer Admission Planner data are current as of the date noted at the top of the page. If your last import is before that date, you will need to make the same updates here as they will not be reflected in the imported data.    back

My UC Transfer Admission Planner login is correct but the import isn't working. What do I do?
If the system is unable to make the match between your UC TAP account and your application, you should manually enter your information.     back

Schools Attended CAQs


Freshman and Sophomore Applicants

All Transfer Applicants

Upper Division Transfer Applicants


What if I will receive/received a high school diploma and IB diploma?
Do not select Other. Select High/Secondary School Diploma from the list and check the IB Diploma checkbox under the Test Scores section, IB Exams page.     back

What if I receive a high school diploma and AP Capstone diploma?
Do not select Other. Select High/Secondary School Diploma from the list and list your AP Capstone diploma under the Awards & Honors section, Activities and Awards page.     back

I attend a British System college. How should I enter my school?
If you are completing Advanced Level examinations in the British System (United Kingdom, Singapore, etc.), indicate your last school attended as your high school of graduation, even though your school may be called a college or junior college. We often use the words 'college' and 'university' interchangeably. College level is the same as university level. College is not upper-level secondary school in the U.S.     back


Freshman and Sophomore Applicants

I entered my high school, but it does not appear in the dropdown list of schools.
If your California high school does not appear in the list, check that you have typed the name correctly. Try entering just the unique words in your school name and leaving out words such as High School, College, or Saint. If your school is not in California and does not appear in the list (or no matches appear), enter the full name of the school, the city and institution type, then click 'Add This.'     back

What is a specialized curriculum?
Specialized curriculum focuses on a particular academic or career-technical area of study. A career pathway/academy is a cohort of students within a school who typically participate for three years in a state-funded California Partnership Academy with a focus on an area of career interest. A magnet school accepts students based on their interest and proven talent in an academic area of emphasis (e.g., the arts, or science and technology) and nurtures student development in that area. If your school does not have a specialized curriculum, leave this blank. Do not select Other.     back

I am home-schooled. What should I enter for my school?
List 'Home School/Home Study' as your school name. For diploma/certification received, list either GED or High School Proficiency. If you took courses through an online provider, a correspondence school or other accredited program, list the institution's name and dates of attendance, and any certificate received. Some campuses may require additional information such as a portfolio. For specific requirements, contact the individual campus.     back

I didn't graduate from high school, and I keep getting an error message. What should I do?
Enter all the requested information and answer 'Yes' to the question asking if this is the school you graduated from. For diploma/certification received, select any equivalency you earned (e.g., GED or High School Proficiency) if applicable or "Other" and type "None". Please explain why you did not graduate from high school in the Additional Comments section of Other Academic History.    back

My school's grading system isn't listed.
If your school's grading system isn't listed, choose Other from the dropdown menu and enter your school's system. Do not select Other if the only differences are plus and minus letter grades. If your grades are from a school outside the U.S., do not convert them; enter your marks exactly as issued by your school when you are asked for your grades. If you attend school in Korea, which uses a ranking system (1-9), please report both your rank and your raw score in each course. Grades should be reported as follows: rank/raw score (e.g., 2/94). We have experienced international admission specialists who are knowledgeable about the different grading systems and methods of reporting coursework in different countries.     back

I attended a school for a year, left for a year and then returned. How should I enter the dates of attendance?
Enter the dates as if there were no gap in attendance, starting with the earliest date you attended the school and ending with the most recent.     back

What if I took online courses?
If the online provider has an approved UC course list (e.g., Laurel Springs Online, UCCP, EPGY), add the provider as one of the high schools you attended. If the online course is being certified by your high school principal and will appear on your high school transcript, you can self-enter the course as part of the curriculum taken at your high school.     back

What if I took college courses that were offered/taught at my high school?
If you took a course through a community college, regardless of the physical location of the course, enter the community college in your list of colleges attended while in high school.     back

I attend an Early/Middle College program/High School Completion Plus AA degree program. How do I report my college courses?
If you attend a school where you earn a high school diploma and college credit at the same time, enter the high school you attend and the classes taken at the high school first. After you complete your high school information, you will be asked about colleges and college courses taken while in high school, step 3 In This Section.     back


All Transfer Applicants

I entered my college, but it does not appear in the dropdown list of colleges.
If your college is in California, check that you have typed the name correctly. Try entering just the unique words in your school name and leaving out words such as High School, College, or Saint. If your school is not in California and does not appear in the list (or no matches appear), enter the full name of the school, the city and institution type, then click 'Add This.'     back

I attended a college for a year, left for a year and then returned. How should I enter the dates of attendance?
Enter the dates as if there were no gap in attendance, starting with the earliest date you attended the school and ending with the most recent.     back

I am currently enrolled at two colleges. Which one should I list as my current or most recent school?
Indicate as your current college the one where you are carrying the most units.     back

How do I know if my Associate degree is for Transfer?
Check with your California community college counselor to see if your degree is an approved Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree for Transfer (i.e., AA-T, AS-T, SB 1440 degree). Select Associate's if your degree is not one of the approved degree programs or you are attending a community college outside of California.     back

My school's grading system isn't listed.
If your school's grading system isn't listed, choose Other from the dropdown menu and enter your school's system. Do not select Other if the only differences are plus and minus letter grades. If your grades are from a school outside the U.S., do not convert them; enter your marks exactly as issued by your school when you are asked for your grades.     back


Upper Division Transfer Applicants

I'm a transfer student. Why do I need to list my high school?
It helps us understand your academic history and the path you've taken. List the high school you graduate from or last attended.     back

What if my school isn't listed?
Finish typing the name of your school and click 'Add.' Answer the questions that follow.     back

What if I didn't receive a high school diploma?
If you received a GED or certificate, enter that information in the space provided. Otherwise, leave the space blank.     back

What if I don't remember my UC TAP login information?
You will need to retrieve this information from UC TAP in order to verify your identity and initiate the import into the application for admission to the University. UC TAP accounts and the UC admissions application accounts are NOT directly linked.     back

Will all my information get pulled in from the UC Transfer Admission Planner?
Even though personal and demographic information are contained in UC TAP, only the academic history (school, coursework and UC TAP/TAG information) will be available for import into the UC application.     back

I am getting a message that my coursework is not available even though I have a UC Transfer Admission Planner account. Why am I getting this message?
Make sure you are using the correct UC TAP login ID and UC TAP email.     back

I have updated some coursework in my UC Transfer Admission Planner. How do I import that new information?
UC Transfer Admission Planner data are current as of the date noted at the top of the page. If your last import is before that date, you will need to make the same updates here as they will not be reflected in the imported data.     back

My UC Transfer Admission Planner login is correct but the import isn't working. What do I do?
If the system is unable to make the match between your UC TAP account and your application, you should manually enter your information.     back

Scholarship CAQs



When will I find out if I've been granted a scholarship?
The campus will inform you after you are admitted.

Do I need to provide proof that I meet the requirements for a scholarship?
Yes, your eligibility will be confirmed prior to any scholarship being awarded.

If I apply for scholarships, do I also need to apply for financial aid?
It is strongly recommended that all U.S. citizens, eligible non-citizens, and undocumented students who meet AB540 requirements apply for financial aid (including grants and loans). The deadline to apply is March 2 of the year you plan to start.

Family Information CAQs



I have one parent/legal guardian. Do I have to fill out both parent sections?
Enter only the information that is relevant to your family situation.

What do I put as the job title if my parent is deceased?
You may leave the job title and number of years blank.

I do not receive any financial support from a parent/legal guardian but I do not meet the criteria listed for independent status. How do I respond to this question?
While most students under 24 do not meet the criteria for financial independence, if this accurately describes your situation and you support yourself solely with your own resources (employment, commercial/institutional loans in your name only, financial aid and savings from earnings,) you should claim independent status. Your response to this question helps us understand your unique family situation and does not have any bearing on financial aid determinations.

Why are you asking about single parent status?
It helps us understand your unique family situation.

Why must I disclose my family's income?
Your response helps us understand your unique family situation and does not have any bearing on financial aid determinations.

How do I calculate total household income?
Estimate the total you earn each year before taxes are taken out. For parent income, that includes money earned by your parents and step-parents who contribute to your support. If you're married, include your spouse's income. Income can include wages, salary, commissions, income from self-employment; Social Security, dividends or interest, public assistance or welfare payments, unemployment compensation, pensions or annuities, alimony or child support payments, and regular contributions from persons not living in the household. Do not include any financial aid you've received.

What if my parent is serving or served in the U.S. military?
Check the box indicating you are a dependent of a U.S. service member or veteran.

Personal Information CAQs


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