Taken from personal experience, SF Mom3 shares personal knowledge and tips on applying to the University of California campuses, specifically for freshman applicants.
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You submitted your UC applications (hopefully you applied broadly), and before you get application "withdrawals" (I'm being sarcastic), remember this is the calm before the storm. After the new year, you or your parents will start filling out FAFSA for financial aid. Then in March, you will get your acceptances and start re-touring the colleges you received an offer from before you make your final decision. Financial aid seems to be the driving force in deciding which college you will accept. And because of California state budget cuts and UC tuition fee hikes, you may not get a hefty financial aid packet from your UC campus.
So now is the time to apply for scholarships. Free money. No loans. Apply, apply and apply. There is something for every student.
Here's a good website to start your scholarship search: Fastweb.com