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Admission Application Suggestions (Part IX)

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Criteria the State of California uses in the consideration of disadvantaged applicants for scholarship funds includes the following:

First, for the Financially Disadvantaged, family income and household size will be used to determine if an applicant is financially disadvantaged. The family income cutoff will be directly linked to the size of the family. Second, First Generation College Attendee means parents have not attended college or have just recently begun attending college. Third, Disability, learning, physical, psychological. Fourth, Pre-College Development Program, for example, UC Partnership/Early Academic Outreach, Upward Bound, MESA, UCAPP, AVID, College Bound, Eastside Collaborative, CAL SOAP, etc. Fifth, English is the Second Language, the student's native tongue is other than English. Sixth, Veteran, member or former member of the U.S. Military. Seventh, Re-Entry, applies to students who are 24 years of age or older by term of entry and currently have been out of school for two years or more.
Eight, Unusual Life Circumstances/Personal Hardship, indicators: ward of the court, recent or chronic illness/injury, foster home, child in single parent family, applicant is single parent, runaway, death in the immediate family (parent, guardian, sibling), homelessness, emancipated minor, incarcerated parent, applicant is a current/former inmate of a correctional facility, parolee, or applicant is a victim of physical/sexual abuse. Ninth, Location of Residence and/or Limited Educational Opportunity, indicators: inner city dwelling/school, rural dwelling/school, high crime rate, high unemployment rate, low educational level of community, student is bussed to school (therefore cannot participate in extra curricular/enriching activities), high school does not offer AP/Honors curriculum or high school does not send many students to UC, low college-going rate, low high school graduation rate, low high school test scores (mean average less tan 500 on SATI math and verbal). Tenth, Social/Cultural Disadvantage. Circumstances preclude applicant from participating in quality educational or other enriching activities, low to moderate income community, high school does not offer pre-university development/outreach programs, little or no exposure/access to social/cultural opportunities. Eleventh, Job, working during school year to supplement family income, save for college, or to fulfill other basic needs.
Disadvantaged students should identify their category when applying to the Admission Committee for the committee's decision. By law, the committee cannot use disability to decide for or against admission. Nor can they use ethnicity, race, color, culture, age or gender. There is leeway for considering the (poor) area and circumstances and hardships. For example, fair-minded interviewers are aware that the potential of bright students may not have been reached because they were in run-down schools with unqualified teachers and hampered by substandard facilities and materials. Nevertheless, once a disadvantaged student is admitted, that student must meet the technical standard in order to stay in school. This may necessitate getting tutors, taking preparatory classes, or making needs known to outside organizations. If Anybody Helps You Be Sure To Send A Thank You Note!

Joseph A. Bailey, II, M.D

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