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Admission and Financial Aid

To start the application process:

Applicants may apply for financial aid.

Assistance may be available from a number of institutional, state and federal programs, including the William D. Ford Federal Direct Student Loan Program.

To begin the process, file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Go to the School of Education Apply page and click on the Apply Online link. You may then:

  • Create an account, if you are new to our application system OR
  • Input your login information to open your current application.
  • Please follow the instructions provided.

Deadline March 1st - We recommend applying early.

Information you will need for your School Counseling application:


  • Applicants must provide documentation of a passing score on the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST)
  • Go to: http://www.cbest.nesinc.com/
  • Here applicants can find the nearest test site as well as pick a date to take the test. Tests are offered six times per year (every other month).
  • Preparation for test: preparation classes are available. Applicants may also find practice tests online, or buy study books online or in bookstores.
  • It is recommended that students give themselves time to take the test more than once (if necessary) in order to meet the March 1st deadline.


  • Because School Counseling students are placed in primary and secondary schools throughout their Master's program, they must have a valid Clearance from the State of California.
  • To find out if you have a current Credential and/or Clearance on file with the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, please review this Certificate of Clearance Information sheet.
  • If you do not have a current teaching or service credential you must go through the application process to obtain a Certificate of Clearance from the State of California. For information on applying for the Certificate of Clearance contact the School of Education Credential Analyst at (415) 422-2117.

Questions about the Admissions process?

Contact the School of Education admissions coordinator; email, pfcole@usfca.edu or call, (415) 422-2111.