Other Useful Resources



Further Education

Financial Aid:


Cal Grant (How to apply)

Mapping Your Future

Local colleges


MiraCosta College

Palomar College

Making My Way through College - This great publication is from the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability. Subject matter includes:

  • Decisions about Disability Disclosure & Connecting to Disability Services
  • Get to Know Your School
  • Figure out Your Finances
  • Learn about Disability Benefits Planning
  • Decide What Support You Need & Get Connected
  • Connect with Other Students, Including Students with Disabilities
  • Take Charge of Your Health & Well-being
  • Understand Yourself
  • Create Your Individualized Plan

PSAT, SAT and/or ACT

The following information regarding the PSAT, SAT and/or ACT was provided by the San Marcos High School Counseling Department

If you are planning on applying to a four year university directly from high school (not attending a community college first), you will be taking the PSAT, SAT and/or ACT during your junior year. Some students may qualify for similar accommodations to those listed in the IEP or 504. College Board and ACT are not required to grant these accommodations, however if you think they would be beneficial, you might want to try to request them. In order to request accommodations, you must apply directly to the test-taking companies. You will need to submit a copy of the IEP or 504.

The websites are:

College Board


Please contact your student’s counselor and/or monitoring teacher if you have questions about the accommodations.

Affordable Colleges and Online Courses

Affordable Colleges

Whether you’re looking for online colleges with financial aid or affordable colleges and universities with a good return on investment, this website has done the research so you don’t have to.

You can obtain an online degree from a four-year college for a fraction of the cost of attending the school.

The site has developed a comprehensive lists of affordable college and online college options. They also provide information regarding financial aid options and advice on filling out the FAFSA form.

Healthcare: Medi-Cal

San Diego County Health & Human Services Agency

Medi-Cal is California's Medicaid health care program. This program pays for a variety of medical services for children and adults with limited income and resources.

For more information on Medi-Cal eligibility and benefits please see Medi-Cal: What it means to you - PUB 68 (pdf).

To begin your application on-line go to My Benefits CalWin

The California Lawyers Foundation has created a great resource called
When You Turn 18 A Legal Survival Guide.  It explains how the law changes when you turn 18.  It’s really worth checking out!

 This handbook describes how the law changes when you become 18 and all the various ways in which that impacts your life and the decisions you need to make. Now that you are an adult in the eyes of the law. You can rent your own apartment, take charge of your finances and even buy a car on your own — all without a parent’s consent or assistance. But adulthood also brings new responsibilities and consequences. Your parents no longer have to support you. You can now be sued personally. You are responsible for paying your own income taxes. If you are a young man, you must register for the military. And if you commit a crime, you will not have the protection of the juvenile court and laws; you could wind up in jail for something that, at a younger age, might have resulted in no more than a stern lecture and a ride home in a police car. This guide touches on some of the laws that may apply to you at this turning point. Keep in mind that laws are constantly changing.



Interfaith Community Services - programs and services that provide the tools and resources people in crisis need to stabilize and rebuild their lives. These programs are organized into five main areas: basic needs, housing, counseling, employment services, and drug & alcohol rehabilitation and are designed to overlap so that each client receives as many services as necessary for his/her specific situation. Interfaith offers programs throughout North San Diego County. Services include: Social Services, Food Pantry, Alcohol Counseling, Temporary Housing, Employment Training, Drug Addiction Services

Lifeline Community Services - a non-profit human services organization that offers a wide range of services to people in North San Diego County. Services include: mental health counseling, gang prevention and intervention, teen pregnancy prevention, homelessness prevention and emergency assistance, legal advice etc.

Vista Office

200 Michigan Avenue

Vista, CA92084

(760) 726-4900

Email: [email protected]

Oceanside Office

707 Oceanside Blvd.

Oceanside, CA92054

(760) 757-0118

Email: [email protected]

Wells Fargo's Financial Education Program:

The Hands on Banking program provides the essentials of financial education, real-world skills, and knowledge every student can use, including how to:

  • Identify "needs" vs. "wants"
  • Plan early for the future
  • Earn more money by learning more skills
  • Build their own budget to control their money
  • Become an entrepreneur by starting their own business venture
  • Control spending with a spending plan
  • Build credit wisely and avoid debt
  • Invest in higher education and find the money to pay for it