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Education Plan: Make the most of your college experience

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Your Education Plan, created with the help of a counselor or advisor, is a step-by-step guide based on requirements to meet your goals and how soon you would like to complete them. Planning ahead will ensure you take your courses in the right sequence to enroll in the courses you need, when you need them.

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Budgeting your time and expenses

When you determine ahead of time how many semesters it will take to complete your goals, you will know exactly how many units to take each semester, allowing you to better manage your time and college expenses.

Planning sessions

The process for developing your Education Plan will differ between campuses. On some campuses you will work one-on-one with a counselor. Other campuses offer Education Plan courses and group workshops. These are opportunities to discuss goals and create an Education Plan with the help of classmates. Remember to bring any required paperwork to your planning session, such as transcripts and scores from standardized tests such as the AP, EAP, ACT, or SAT.

Dates and requirements

Some campuses require that an Education Plan be approved and on file before a certain date for a student to be eligible for priority registration. In some cases, an Education Plan is also required for individuals receiving benefits through financial aid, disability services, CalWorks, or veterans services.

Exploring your options

The better you are able to define your academic goals, the easier it will be to create an Education Plan that will benefit you throughout your college career. Determine your end goal—such as getting an AA degree, transferring to a four-year university, or building career skills—so you can plan the best way to get there. If you aren’t sure what your goal is, start by identifying courses you would like to take and career paths you would like to explore. You can always revise your Education Plan as your goals change.

Transfer students

Planning to transfer to another college or university? Decide which type as soon as possible so you can take the right general education requirements.

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