Other Useful Resources



Further Education

Financial Aid:

FAFSA: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov

Cal Grant (How to apply): https://www.csac.ca.gov/how-apply

Options: http://www.mappingyourfuture.org/paying/financialaid.htm

Local colleges:

CalState San Marcos: http://www.csusm.edu

MiraCosta College: http://www.miracosta.cc.ca.us

Palomar College: http://www.palomar.edu

Making My Way through College - This great publication is from the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability. Subject matter includes:

  • Decisions about Disability Disclosure & Connecting to Disability Services
  • Get to Know Your School
  • Figure out Your Finances
  • Learn about Disability Benefits Planning
  • Decide What Support You Need & Get Connected
  • Connect with Other Students, Including Students with Disabilities
  • Take Charge of Your Health & Well-being
  • Understand Yourself
  • Create Your Individualized Plan

PSAT, SAT and/or ACT

The following information regarding the PSAT, SAT and/or ACT was provided by the San Marcos High School Counseling Department:

If you are planning on applying to a four year university directly from high school (not attending a community college first), you will be taking the PSAT, SAT and/or ACT during your junior year. Some students may qualify for similar accommodations to those listed in the IEP or 504. College Board and ACT are not required to grant these accommodations, however if you think they would be beneficial, you might want to try to request them. In order to request accommodations, you must apply directly to the test-taking companies. You will

need to submit a copy of the IEP or 504.

The websites are:

https://www.collegeboard.org/students-with-disabilities (SAT)

http://www.actstudent.org/regist/disab/ (ACT)

Please contact your student’s counselor and/or monitoring teacher if you have questions about the accommodations.

Affordable Colleges and Online Courses:

Affordable Colleges Online: http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/online-colleges/california/

Whether you’re looking for online colleges with financial aid or affordable colleges and universities with a good return on investment, this website has done the research so you don’t have to.

You can obtain an online degree from a four-year college for a fraction of the cost of attending the school.

The site has developed a comprehensive lists of affordable college and online college options. They also provide information regarding financial aid options and advice on filling out the FAFSA form.

Healthcare: Medi-Cal:


Medi-Cal is California's Medicaid health care program. This program pays for a variety of medical services for children and adults with limited income and resources.

For more information on Medi-Cal eligibility and benefits please see Medi-Cal: What it means to you - PUB 68 (pdf).

To begin your application on-line go to www.mybenefitscalwin.org.

The Law: When You Become 18 and Kids & the Law

State Bar of California publications regarding the law and how it impacts your teenager - http://www.calbar.ca.gov/Public.aspx

When You Become 18 - A handbook that describes how the law changes when you become 18 and all the various ways in which that impacts your life and the decisions you need to make. Now that you are an adult in the eyes of the law. You can rent your own apartment, take charge of your finances and even buy a car on your own — all without a parent’s consent or assistance. But adulthood also brings new responsibilities and consequences. Your parents no longer have to support you. You can now be sued personally. You are responsible for paying your own income taxes. If you are a young man, you must register for the military. And if you commit a crime, you will not have the protection of the juvenile court and laws; you could wind up in jail for something that, at a younger age, might have resulted in no more than a stern lecture and a ride home in a police car. This guide touches on some of the laws that may apply to you at this turning point. Keep in mind that laws are constantly.

Kids and The Law - Kids and the Law: An A-to-Z Guide for Parents is designed to give you a basic overview of some of the laws that apply to children—laws created, in many instances, to help safeguard your youngsters at school, in part-time jobs and at play. This guide can also help you understand your rights and responsibilities as a parent and assist you in answering your children’s questions about the law.


Interfaith Community Services: https://www.interfaithservices.org/- programs and services that provide the tools and resources people in crisis need to stabilize and rebuild their lives. These programs are organized into five main areas: basic needs, housing, counseling, employment services, and drug & alcohol rehabilitation and are designed to overlap so that each client receives as many services as necessary for his/her specific situation. Interfaith offers programs throughout North San Diego County. Services include: Social Services, Food Pantry, Alcohol Counseling, Temporary Housing, Employment Training, Drug Addiction Services

The Betty & Melvin Cohn Center
550 West Washington Avenue, Suite B
Escondido, California 92025
P. 760-489-6380

Coastal Service Center
2195 Oceanside Boulevard
Oceanside, California 92054
P. 760-721-2117

North County Lifeline: http://www.nclifeline.org- a non-profit human services organization that offers a wide range of services to people in North San Diego County. Services include: mental health counseling, gang prevention and intervention, teen pregnancy prevention, homelessness prevention and emergency assistance, legal advice etc.

Vista Office

200 Michigan Avenue

Vista, CA92084

(760) 726-4900

Email: [email protected]

Oceanside Office

707 Oceanside Blvd.

Oceanside, CA92054

(760) 757-0118

Email: [email protected]

North County Youth Resource Guide - This publication, created by

the CHATncsd Program at Vista Community Clinic,

is a great north county resource for a multitude of needs including:

  • Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs
  • Decision-Making
  • Driving
  • Eating Disorders
  • Education
  • Emotional and Mental Health
  • Employment
  • Health and Nutrition
  • Personal Safety
  • Support Groups
  • Teens and the Law
  • Volunteering

Wells Fargo's Financial Education Program:

The Hands on Banking program http://www.handsonbanking.com provides the essentials of financial education, real-world skills, and knowledge every student can use, including how to:

  • Identify "needs" vs. "wants"
  • Plan early for the future
  • Earn more money by learning more skills
  • Build their own budget to control their money
  • Become an entrepreneur by starting their own business venture
  • Control spending with a spending plan
  • Build credit wisely and avoid debt
  • Invest in higher education and find the money to pay for it
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