College & Career Center (G-1)

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Our office is open to assist you with questions about college applications, financial aid, SAT and ACT exams and work permits.

Monday - Friday
8:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
(562) 801-7540

Please note our new telephone number: (562) 801-7540

Welcome to the College Career Center web page.

Representatives from special programs are available to offer students one-on-one assistance and answer questions about college. See the Program Advisor for an application to join one of these excellent programs.  Advisor schedules are as follows:

Generation 1st Degree Pico Rivera - Leader Program
Michelle Sandoval
Monday, Wednesday & Friday   9:30AM - 3:00PM

Arlene Rodriguez
Monday & Wednesday 7:30AM - 4:00PM
Friday 7:30AM - 10:30AM

Jocelyn Estrada
Tuesday  11:00AM - 3:00PM
Thursday & Friday  8:00AM - 3:30PM

Cal State LA
Stephanie Cuevas
Wednesday (every other)
11:00AM - 3:00PM

Jocelyne Perez
Monday  8:00AM - 12:00PM
Wednesday  9:00AM - 3:00PM
Friday  8:00AM - 12:00PM

Denise Viera
Monday  8:00AM - 12:00PM
Wednesday  9:00AM - 3:00PM
Friday  9:00 AM - 2:00PM

Rio Hondo College
Jonae Varela
Friday  8:00AM - 3:00PM

Sign up in the CCC to meet with these representatives: 

• US Marines - Wednesday, March 21st - Quad during lunch

Click Here for 2017-2018 ACT/SAT Exam Dates and Fees

The next exam will be on June 9, 2018. Fee waivers are available to eligible Juniors. Registration deadline is Friday, May 4, 2018.

To register online for ACT: Click here

The next exam will be on May 5, 2018.  Fee waivers available to Juniors who are CSU eligible and receive free/reduced lunch.  Registration deadline is Friday, April 6th.

To register on-line for SAT: Click here 

Understanding your PSAT scores:

Use these instructions to send ACT/SAT scores to Colleges and Universities:

COMMUNITY COLLEGE - Are you interested in taking a class at a Community College?
Remember that as a high school student you will be required to complete a Concurrent Enrollment form to be signed by student, parent/guardian and counselor BEFORE registering for a class.

3 Steps for taking a Community College Class:
1 - Online application
2 - Concurrent Enrollment Form
3 - Registration for class

Click Here for


Most private schools have later deadlines. Deadline dates can be found on each individual school's website. Click Here to use The Common Application. Click Here to use The Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success application.

Applying to Out-of-State and Private schools through College Greenlight allows you to complete one (1) application to send to multiple colleges.  As an added benefit, participating colleges have agreed to waive the application fee.  Click Here to begin your application.


FAFSA and CA Dream Act  (Federal Aid!
Prepare for FAFSA by creating a FSA ID for yourself and your parent.
CSS FINANCIAL AID PROFILE - Required for Private Schools

Click Here to apply for FAFSA  - U.S. citizens or permanent residents with a Social Security number

Click Here to apply for CA Dream Act - Not a U.S. citizen, do not have a Social Security number

Cal Grant (State Aid) - Click Here to create your portal to see if you qualify for a Cal Grant.

This chart will explain the different types of student loans:

Understanding and Comparing Loans
The following is a link to a site that will assist students and parents in understanding the different type of loans available.  It will also allow you to compare loans to determine which is best for you.  Click Here
All scholarship applications are available in paper form in the College Career Center unless an online link has been provided.

Deadline:  March 16, 2018

• Graduating senior planning to enroll in a 2- or 4-year college or university
• Minimum 3.0 GPA
• Evidence of community or school involvement
• Short essay (not to exceed 700 words)

Please answer ONE (1) of the following three essay prompts. Your essay should not exceed 700 words, there is no minimum length. Be sure to address each portion within your chosen essay prompt.
  • Prompt 1:  
    Describe the impact that attending college will have on your future. What do you hope to achieve by going to college? How will your future benefit by obtaining a degree? How do you see your college aspirations and future career benefitting the community at large?
  • Prompt 2:
    Write about a person who has been uniquely influential in your life. Explain how this person came into your life and speak to what insight or wisdom this person imparted to you. How has the influence of this person impacted your view toward attending college and being a part of your community?
  • Prompt 3:
    Describe an obstacle or difficult life experience that you have overcome. How has this motivated you to pursue your future education? What might your life be like if you had not overcome this obstacle? What advice would you give others that are facing a similar hardship in their life?

Click Here for online application

Deadline:  March 30, 2018

Eligibility requirements:

1.     Resident of Pico Rivera

2.     High School Senior accepted to a four-year university or college for Fall 2018

3.     Minimum GPA of 3.5

4.     U.S. Citizen

5.     Demonstrate financial need

6.     Demonstrate leadership abilities through participation in athletics, the arts, academic organizations, extracurricular activities and/or community services.

Send completed application and all attachments to:
Jeradline Family Scholarship
c/o Pio Pico Women's Club
P.O. Box 612
Pico Rivera, CA  90660

MUST BE RECEIVED by March 30, 2018.

Deadline:  March 31, 2018

Eligibility Requirements:
• El Rancho High School senior graduating Spring 2018
• Latino(a)/Hispanic or Native American heritage
• First generation college student
• Plan to enroll full-time in an accredited 4-year college/university in the US during Fall 2018

Application is a fillable PDF.  Please TYPE all requested information BEFORE printing.

Must submit two (2) letters of recommendation: one from outside the school, and one from inside the school. Letters can come from teachers, school counselors or administrators, former supervisors, coaches, and other people who have interacted with the student in an educational or professional environment.

·       RECOMMENDERS, please use the confidential letter of recommendation form available by Clicking Here.

Deadline:  April 3, 2018 at 3:30PM

• High school senior accepted to a 4-year college/university or attending community college during Fall 2018
• Minimum GPA of 2.5
• Proof of involvement in social justice activities or community service
• Parent is a member of a union

Application is a fillable PDF.  Please TYPE requested information BEFORE printing.

Deadline:  April 17, 2018

• Graduating in 2018
• Plan to attend college or university by Fall 2018
• Proof of involvement in community service, volunteer work and/or environmental efforts
• MUST reside in the Pico Water District (water bill paid at office on Church Street)

Deadline:  April 30, 2018

This scholarship is open to Seniors who will attend a trade/vocational school or community college with a focus on a specific trade.  Must have a minimum GPA of 2.0, please attach copy of transcript. Short essay (250-500 words) answering: Reasons for applying for this scholarship. Financial problems and/or unusual circumstances. Additional information you wish to share as part of the application.

Deadline:  May 25, 2018

• Current high school senior of Latino descent
• Minimum GPA of 3.0
• Will attend college/university in Arizona or California as a full-time student during the 2018-2019 school year
• Application open to U.S. Citizen, Permanent Legal Resident, Undocumented Resident, DACA or Eligible Non-Citizen (as defined by FAFSA)

Deadline:  The end of every month

The Contest is open to anyone 16 years of age or older.  Each essay must be at least 300 words and in response to a monthly essay prompt made available on the Website.  All essay submissions must be submitted through the Website by 11:59 PM CST.

Click Here for University Tutor Website


MALDEFScholarship Resource Guide
This is an extensive list of scholarships that may not require a valid social security number to redeem the award. It is suggested that you look through the scholarship list and select scholarships that are applicable to you.

SallieMae - 
Easy to use FREE service with no ads and no selling of user info 
Contains over 2.8 million scholarships worth more than $16 billion 
Questionnaire also offered in Spanish
Sort scholarships by name, deadline or award amount 
Adjustable match accuracy to see more or fewer awards 
View printable calendar listing all scholarship deadlines 
Register online at

Unigo Scholarship Match
Free scholarship matching service with a database of over 3.6 million scholarships. Scholarships added daily.

Click Here to register online.

To get a Work Permit:
Download a Work Permit Request Form and instructions here. Please read instructions carefully and make sure all requested information is completed. 

Students looking for Entertainment Permits must contact the Department of Industrial Relations-Division of Labor Standards at 562-590-5048.

Resume - Some employers may require you to submit a resume. There are several online templates available. If you have never had a job or are having a difficult time finding a template to use, send me an email at and I will send you a template and instructions.

The following employers are accepting applications:

• Carl's Jr.
9400 Slauson Ave., Pico Rivera

• Del Taco
8650 Washington Blvd., Pico Rivera

8692 Whittier Blvd., Pico Rivera
9325 Whittier Blvd., Pico Rivera

• Taco Bell
9180 Whittier Blvd., Pico Rivera

• Wendy's
8450 Washington Blvd., Pico Rivera

• Yogurtland
8756 Washington Blvd., Pico Rivera

Deadline:  March 20, 2018

The program is FREE and provides government and public policy training and instruction to high school Latinas from low-income communities.  The curriculum includes skills training as well as campaign and organizing  modules to prepare them to run for elective office, or to work for elected or appointed officials.

Eligibility requirements:
• 10th, 11th or 12th grade female
• At least one parent is of Latino/Hispanic heritage
• Minimum GPA of 2.0
• Must be available to attend all three (3) days of the program:
Saturday, April 14th  9AM-5PM
Tuesday, April 17th  9AM-3PM
Saturday, April 21st  9AM-5PM

Deadline:  March 23, 2018

Have you ever dreamed of visiting our nation’s capital and learning about how our government works? CHCI has an all-expense paid leadership experience designed just for Latino high school students. Spend a week exploring Washington, D.C., while creating lasting friendships and wonderful memories. Participate in R2L® NextGen and make this a summer to remember.  You can choose to attend June 24-29 or July 15-20, 2018.

Students who wish to apply must:

  • Be a current 10th or 11th grade student
  • Demonstrate interest in learning more about civic engagement

All individuals are welcome to apply. However, preference is given to individuals with financial need.