The Youth Center at St. James
 
1325 Monterey Road
        South Pasadena, Ca
            (626) 799-6266

youthcenterstjames@sjcsp.org

Student Resources



Get started with these websites:

CaliforniaColleges.edu
This free website, known as the Official Source for College and Career Planning in California, is endorsed by all four higher education segments in the state for its comprehensive college and career planning resources. For use by middle school, high school, and community college students, parents, and educators, CaliforniaColleges.edu offers career assessments, nationwide college finder and college search capabilities, budgeting and financial aid planning tools, high school planning pathways, and more. Students can save all assessment results, colleges and careers of interest, activities, resumes, cover letters, college essays, etc. to their free online portfolio on the website.

KnowHowToGo.com
This comprehensive website offers simple and easy to follow steps to get to college starting in middle school. You can get advice, read success stories, and begin step-by-step planning wherever you are in your college planning process.

Studentaid.ed.gov
If you are
wondering how you will pay for college, this website is a smart first place to learn your options. Operated by the U.S. Department of Education, Student Aid offers the most accurate and up-to-date information on types of financial aid and how to apply for it. There are many, many websites about financial aid. Some are reputable and others are not. You can be assured the information on Student Aid is vetted and correct.

Career Research
Whether you know what you want to be when you grow up or not, career research is a valuable exercise. Not only can you learn about different careers, but you can also learn how to become successful in those careers. Check out these websites:

My Next Move
Career Cruising
My Future
Career Zone

College Research
There are thousands of colleges in the United States and around the world. And, chances are, there are many colleges that fits your needs. Do not limit yourself to only colleges you know. Learn about all your options and begin a college list as early as middle school.

Colleges That Change Lives
Parchment
Forbes
Cappex
College Week Live
Finding Financial Aid
College is expensive and the number one question for many families is, "how will we pay for college?" There is financial aid available. To access it, you must do your homework. Get started with Studentaid.ed.gov (see above) and these websites:

FAFSA
Cal Grants
FinAid
Fast Web