What About College?

College in Ventura County comes in many shapes and sizes, there might be one that fits you!

Deciding to attend college is a BIG decision, and it’s not for everyone. But if it IS your decision, the choices are endless including 2-yr community college, 4-yr university or even further! But no matter which, you need to research and you need to make a plan—and then you need to figure out how to pay for it.

  • California State University
    The California State College (CSU) public system is made up of 23 campuses educating 479,000 students every year. The CSU has one of the most diverse student populations in the United States.
  • Cal State University Channel Islands (CSUCI)
    We are fortunate to have a CSU located in Ventura County. CSUCI offers an unparalleled student-centered learning experience in of Southern California’s most scenic settings.
  • University of California (UC)
    The first public UC opened its doors in 1869 with just 10 faculty members and 38 students. Today, the ten campuses of the UC system includes more than 238,000 students and 190,000 faculty and staff.
  • Cal Lutheran University
    Located in Thousand Oaks, California Lutheran University is a private university founded in 1959 and is home to more than 2,791 undergraduate (four-year) and 1,282 graduate (4-8 year) students.

  • The College Application Checklist
    There are so many important details to remember when applying to college, to keep track of requirements, print and use this checklist for tasks and deadlines for each college!
  • How to Fill Out a College Application
    A great step-by-step guide to filling out a college application—and a great place to review BEFORE you start the college application process.
  • The Common Application
    More than 700 colleges, one application. Learn more about the Common Application and why it might be the right way for you to apply to college.

  • California Lutheran University: Upward Bound
    The Upward Bound Program is available to students at a select number of high schools in Ventura County. The program is geared toward low-income and first-generation college bound students.
  • Sallie Mae
    Sallie Mae is the nation’s saving, planning, and paying for college company. Find options for loans, scholarships and more.
  • The College Navigator
    The U.S. Department of Education's website to help guide you through the process of finding the right college. It includes tools to help estimate expenses, find financial aid, and identify programs and majors that are right for you.
  • Federal Student Aid (or FAFSA)
    FAFSA is part of the U.S. Department of Education intended to ensure that all eligible individuals can benefit from federally funded or federally-guaranteed financial assistance for education beyond high school.
  • FinAid!
    Is one of the most comprehensive free resources for information about student financial aid, scholarships, and education loans.
  • Center for Consumer Financial Education
    Curates the best educational material to improve how individuals understand money. They find expert-driven content and educational material to help with financial planning, credit and debt, money management, and basic financial literacy.