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A-G College Eligibility Requirements

A-G Reqs

The A-G / College Entrance Requirements are a sequence of high school courses that students must complete (with a grade of C or better) to be minimally eligible for admission to the University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU). They represent the basic level of academic preparation that high school students should achieve to undertake university work.

It is always advised to check with the college you are interested in because some schools, such as, private universities require more than A-G. 

Hint:  When meeting with your high school counselor to plan class schedules always have a check-off list of what A-G requirements you have met and need.
     Subject                               Years
A. History /Social Science...........2
B. English .....................................4
C. Mathematics............................3
D. Laboratory Science................2
E. Language other than English.2
F. Visual and performing arts...1
G. college prep. elective.............1

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There are five major college systems in California to choose from for attendance (most states have the same systems):

University of California (UC) : Contains mulitiple colleges inside, larger campus, different class sizes, more expensive, may include housing, and is usually expensive.

Cal State University (CSU): Smaller campus, cheaper than a UC, and designed for special majors in mind.

Community College: Affordable, small, campus, 2 year, more 'preparative' learning, many community colleges (usually one in every major city), and learning here makes it easier to transfer to a 4-year college.

Vocational College: This type of college is designed especially for a certain career. Ex. Nursing, beauty, law.

Private College: Tuition and fee dependent, very expensive, and some private schools are often affiliated with religion.


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Financial Aid is money to support a worthy person or cause.

There are many types of financial aid the most common type is a loan. When you borrow money, it is called a loan. All loans must be paid back.

The second type of financial aid is a grant. A grant is a gift of money. You do not need to pay it back.

The third type of financial aid is a scholarship. A scholarship is an award based on academic performance, talent, or other factors. It may have certain requirements, but you do not need to pay it back.

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