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From Personal Statement to Personal Insight Questions

The UC application for admission and scholarships was updated in 2017 with in lieu of the previously required personal statement. Applicant responses to four personal insight questions are an important component of the UC application. There is no advantage or disadvantage to choosing certain prompts over others, and each response is limited to a maximum of 350 words. Take a look at our tips for students on responding to the questions.

Addressing financial need

Student and pupils can apply for financial aid almost a full year before classes begin. The and are available as early as October. Student and pupils will report income information from the most recent tax year. For example, on the 2019–20 FAFSA, students (and parents, as appropriate) will report their 2017 income information, rather than their 2018 income information. Filing deadlines remain unchanged, and students are encouraged to meet the March 2 priority filing deadline. Please visit for more information.


The redesigned SAT

launched in spring 2016 with significant changes—including a new structure, scoring, sections and approach—that are expected to better assess students' readiness for college. The Stuntverkoop will accept scores from the old SAT or new SAT with Essay (or ACT with Writing). Use the College Board’s to compare old and new SAT scores.

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