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The College Place-Northern California

  • Monique Adorno-Jimenez
  • Director
  • (510) 643-7638

Program Description

Who we are

The College Place works to help people of all ages pursue opportunities for undergraduate education beyond high school. We provide information, assistance, and encouragement to help individuals achieve their education goals.

The College Place has college access centers in seven locations: one in Minnesota, one in California, one in Colorado, one in Connecticut, one in Oregon and two in Virginia. Our services are free and available to students and parents nationwide.

What we do
  • Promote the benefits of higher education
  • Encourage and support individuals in pursuing their education goals
  • Assist and respond to questions, issues, and concerns regarding higher education
  • Provide information as it relates to admissions, enrollment, and financial aid
  • Make use of available technology to help prospective students plan for college

What we offer
  • Individual assistance completing applications for admission, financial aid, and scholarships
  • An information resource library with access to print and electronic college-related materials
  • Internet access for researching educational information and scholarship opportunities
  • Assistance developing educational plans
  • Participation at college fairs, community events, and other area awareness activities
  • One-on-one mentoring: in person, on the telephone, or via email
  • Small group workshops on topics of interest
  • Encouragement, support, and accountability
  • TCP-Northern California, launched in 2012, is located on the University of California-Berkeley campus.

    Services Provided

    • Career exploration and counseling/internships
    • College admissions guidance and counseling
    • College transition and retention support
    • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
    • Mentoring
    • Parent/family services
    • SAT/ACT and other test preparation
    • Scholarships and last-dollar grants



    • Between 25% and 50%