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10 Top Tips for Cal State Apply


Get ready to apply to the California State University with these top tips.

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​​Ready to start your higher education journey?

Watch this short video for the top 10 tips for completing your application in the CalState Apply portal.

1. Don't wait. Start your application today. Avoid the unnecessary stress of waiting until the last minute.

2. Use a current email address. This is the main method of communication throughout the application process.

3. Check the dates and deadlines​ for each CSU campus that you are interested in applying to. Dates can change.

4. Prepare. Review the application guides and checklists available on the CalSate Apply website before you start. (Find an application checklist for freshmen and transfer students. Find an application guide for freshmen and transfer students.)

5. Gather your course info before you start. High school coursework and/or college coursework info will be needed for the application.

6. Don't rush. Start as soon as possible and take your time. Complete your extended profile correctly. Read the questions and use the help menu if you need assistance.

7. Ask for help.  Reach out for assistance with your high school counselor, community college counselor or use Apply Support – call, email or chat.

8. Review. It's a good idea to review your application with a family member or counselor before you submit it​. This is why it's important to plan ahead and start early.

9. Fee waivers may be available. CalState Apply automatically reviews undergraduate student applicants to determine if they are eligible for an application fee waiver. If you are eligible, it will allow you to apply for up to four campuses with no cost.

10. Apply for financial aid. The FAFSA and Dream Act applications are open and available for you to complete now. The FAFSA will allow you to apply for federal, state and institutional aid, while the California Dream Act application is for those students who do not have a social security number and will allow them to apply for state and institutional aid.

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As the largest university system in the U.S., the California State University provides all individuals interested in furthering their education access to a valuable, life-changing college degree. Here are just 10 reasons to apply to the CSU.