Information about requesting transcripts can be found on this page.
Students who want to learn more about private and public colleges from both far and near need only come to the Counseling Office and sign-up to meet with an admissions representative. This can help students develop a sense of what life might be like for them at a particular school. A current schedule of visits can be found on the AHS calendar on the homepage.
You can also visit prospective campuses. Many offer tours and open houses and overnight programs for your college exploration needs. Visit the website of the institution of your choice or browse through the offerings at college-visits.com.
Important College Information Dates 2017-18
Counselor classroom presentations
US Government classes, Sept 12 and 13 - all seniors receive copies of their transcripts in class and important documents via email.
College Application Information Night
Monday, September 18, 2017
Little Theater, 7:00-8:30pm
CSU Application Tips
Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017
Little Theater, lunchtime
UC Application Tips
Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017
Little Theater, lunchtime
Financial Aid Information Night
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Little Theater, 7:00-8:30pm
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Little Theater, 7:00-9:00pm
Early decision/early action packet
due September 25, 2017
Letter of Recommendation packet (not early decision)
due October 9, 2017
Drop-in help with applications
Tuesdays and Thursdays at lunch in the Counseling Office; 1-to-1 application assistance Mondays after school in room 310. Both options begin in early fall. Check the school calendar for information.
Cash For College/DREAM Act Workshop
(assistance with filling out FAFSA/DREAM application): date TBD ~ October
Naviance for College Applications
All AHS students have individual Naviance accounts where they can conduct college searches and easily access information such as acceptance rates, majors offered and application deadlines. This year, the Counseling Department will be using Naviance eDocs to manage the college application process, from adding schools to your list to tracking deadlines and submitting required materials to colleges. eDocs works together with the Common App and other types of application and is a great organizational tool for students and parents. Instructions for using Naviance to manage the college application process were passed out in senior classes in mid-September and can be found here: Instructions for Managing College Applications.
Information about eDocs, as well as tips on how to do college research and build a list of colleges to apply to will be given by Counselors at College Application Information Night.
To access Naviance, please log-in at http://connection.naviance.com/albanyhigh. If you have trouble logging in or would like to learn how to use the college search features on Naviance, check with your counselor or the Career Coordinator (Counseling office).
College Application Information Night Notes
College Application Information Night Powerpoint (presentation date 9/18/17)
Secondary School Report /
Counselor Letter of Recommendation Packet
This packet is for use by students applying to colleges that require a secondary school report to be completed by their counselor, and for those who will need letters of recommendation from their counselor/teachers for private colleges, out-of state colleges, and some scholarship applications. The UCs and CSUs do not require a letter of recommendation.
Counselors ask that the following packet to be completed and turned in by posted deadlines for any student applying to colleges that require a secondary school report (all Common App colleges) and for counselor letters of recommendation for scholarships. Please note that counselor letters are often NOT counted toward the number of letters of recommendation colleges require. Students applying to colleges that require teacher letters of recommendation should ask teachers early and in person. Sending request to a teacher through Naviance should not be done unless you've already secured that teacher's agreement to write on your behalf.
The brag sheets and profile are designed to provide your counselor and/or teachers with more information about your high school experience for use in letters of recommendation, but they are also great for jogging your memory about the activities and accomplishments you'll want to include in your applications.
- Cover Letter
Please include application deadlines.
- Student Profile
- Student Brag Sheet
- Parent Guardian Brag Sheet
- Teacher Feedback for Counselor
To be filled out by teachers and turned in to your counselor.
- Checklist for Counseling Office Secretary
Once packet is complete, turn it in to Ms. Dominguez to make an appointment to talk to your counselor.
Financial Aid Night
Financial Aid Night PowerPoint (presented 11/5/14)
Social Security Disclaimer form: If you plan to apply for financial aid for next year (including for 4-year college, community college or vocational school), we strongly recommend that you provide your student’s social security number, as requested on the attached form. Every 12th grader must return this form.
*The institution you're applying for may offer various waivers, please visit each school's website directly for the most up-to-date information.
Cal Grant GPA Verification Form
Attention Seniors, it has been brought to our attention that we are no longer able to access social security numbers in Aeries. This field was recently deleted as a means to protect your identity. As a result, we are not able to submit your Cal Grant information electronically as we have in previous years. We do however have a solution for you. Attached to this email is the Cal Grant GPA Verification Form that is provided by the California Student Aid Commission. Please complete your portion and turn it into the Counseling Office. We will then complete the bottom half of the document and submit it via certified mail. Hard copies are also available to students in the Counseling Office and of the AHS website under the Counseling tab and then look for Preparing for College Applications. Please Note: This document is used for students planning to attend community college, 4-year universities and vocational programs and is required in order to be considered for Cal Grant financial aid.
The DEADLINE to turn in the form is Friday, January 6th to the Counseling Office.
Tips & Suggestions (updated fall 2016)
UC Personal Inquiry Question Tips
Test Prep: Choosing the ACT or SAT
Early Action / Early Decision Admissions
Check here for more details.
AHS A-G Lists for UC's and CSU's
The University of California A-G (A through G) requirements outline high school courses designated by the Academic Senate of the University of California as appropriate for fulfilling the minimum eligibility requirements for admission to the University of California. It also illustrates the minimum level of academic preparation students ought to achieve in high school to undertake university level work.
To view the approved A-G courses at Albany High School click here.
Cash for College
Cash for College is sponsored by the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC). The workshops are presented by East Bay Consortium/Cal-SOAP and the East Bay Cash for College Coalition. The East Bay Consortium is a great resource for financial aid information.
This event is designed to help college-bound seniors and their parents understand and complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). This workshop is FREE!
Filing the FAFSA is the first step in most financial aid searches. Please be aware that your FAFSA must be filed by March 2 in order for you to be eligible for a Cal Grant.
What you need to bring to the Cash for College workshop:
- Driver’s license, if you have one
- Social Security Card or number, if you have one
- Alien registration number, if you have one
- Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) – yours or your parents’
- Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) number, if you have one
- List of colleges you are interested in attending
- NEW THIS YEAR – The FAFSA and CADAA applications will utilize your 2015 tax and income information to apply for 2017-18 student aid. While completing the FAFSA, you will use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) to populate your 2015 tax information. No need to bring tax and income information UNLESS YOU HAVE NOT FILED 2015 TAXES.
If you have not filed your 2015 taxes, you will need the following documents to complete the FAFSA and CADAA applications:
- 2015 income information
- Parents’ 2015 income information
- 2014 tax information
- Parents’ 2014 tax information
- 2015 bank statements
- Parents’ 2015 bank statements
- Any records of untaxed income such as welfare benefits, Social Security benefits, or child support payments
NOTE: You must use 2015 income and tax information to apply for financial aid for the 2017-18 academic year. If your financial situation has changed since 2015 for the worst, you should follow-up with the institution you are applying to attend.