College Prep Program

Class of 2022: Are you ready for free college prep?

The College Prep Program provides supplementary college application assistance to incoming high school seniors within the Corona Norco Unified School District (CNUSD). This program begins in July with the objective of giving students a head start to their senior year. The best part, it's FREE!

The College Prep Program is organized into three sections aligning with the CNUSD academic calendar: a summer section with four workshops, a Semester 1 section with 4 workshops, and a Semester 2 section with 3 workshops. The following topics will be covered:

Summer Section 2022

WORKSHOP 1: How to Select a Career Path & Apply to College

  • Topics Covered: CC/UC/CSU system, Private Schools, Costs, Safety/Target/Dream schools, Application Portals; Creating School List, Selecting a Career/Major, Fly-in Programs, Admission Types, How to Prepare

Saturday, June 25, 2022, from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 pm

Topics Covered: Self-discovery, Picking a Major, Building a School List, CC/UC/CSU Systems, Private Schools, Costs, Application Portals, Fly-in Programs, Admission Types, How to Prep

WORKSHOP 2: How to Write College Essays

Saturday, July 9, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Topics Covered: Personal Story & Values, Personal Insight Q's, Personal Statement, Drafting

WORKSHOP 3: Financial Aid & Scholarships

Saturday, July 23, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Topics Covered: Cal A/B/C Grants, Pell Grant, FAFSA, How $ is Allocated, Financial Aid Package, EFC, Cost of Attendance, Institutional Grants, Scholarships, Reimbursements, Finding & Applying, Scholarship List, Tips for Essays, Disbursement Process

WORKSHOP 4: Guest Speakers + Essay Writing Workshop

Saturday, August 6, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Workshop to brainstorm and draft your PIQ's/ Common App Essays etc.

Fall Section 2022 (Semester 1)

WORKSHOP 1: Application Portals Set-up

Saturday, August 20, 2022, from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Topics Covered: UC/ Common Application/ Coalition/ Scholarship Portals Set-Up & Data Entry

WORKSHOP 2: Financial Aid & Scholarships Part 2

Saturday, September 3, 2022, from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Topics Covered: Part 2, creating a F.S.A. ID, Prepping for the FAFSA Application

WORKSHOP 3: Resumes, CV's & Application Supplemental Workshop

Saturday, September 17, 2022, from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Learn how to develop application supplemental materials that stand out!

WORKSHOP 4: Application Workshop via Zoom

Saturday, October 1, 2022, from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Complete and submit the FAFSA application!

Spring Section 2022 (Semester 2)

WORKSHOP 1: Personal Finance

Saturday, March 11, 2023, from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Topics Covered: Budgeting, credit cards, savings, school loans, creating financial goals, building habits, life insurance, retirement plans, investments - learn the basics to personal finance!

WORKSHOP 2: Selecting a College or University

Saturday, April 8, 2023, from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Topics Covered: How to Read & Compare Financial Aid Awards, COA, Financial Aid Appeals, Scholarships, Commitment Deadlines, Making a Decision, SIR, Declining Offers

WORKSHOP 3: Transitioning & Succeeding in College

Saturday, June 10, 2023, from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Topics Covered: Fees, Housing, Meal Plans, Parking, Emotional Transition, Transportation, Resources, Safety, Creating a 4-Year Academic Plan, Internships

Application Requirements

You MUST be:

  • Be an incoming senior

  • Be enrolled in a public, private, charter, or home school within the jurisdictions of Corona, Norco, Eastvale, Jurupa Valley, Home Gardens, Temescal Valley, Coronita, or El Cerrito.

  • Have reliable transportation to sessions

*Please note: Priority is given to students enrolled under United Way programs such as Children & Youth Success Program, Children Wellness Program, Youth Board, and Family Support Services. Applicants outside of the Corona-Norco United Way programs are not guaranteed admission to the program, but places you on a waitlist. Communication regarding your status will be done via email.


Click here to apply: https://forms.gle/8oVuM2u5MJE145ZJ6

Please direct any questions you may have to Ana Calvillo, at ana.calvillo@cnunitedway.org or (951) 736-0620 ext. 404