You KNOW what you want.

You know you want an education, the chance to succeed, equal access to the tools you will need for a career, greater opportunities and expanded horizons.

But HOW do you get there?

How do you apply for financial aid? How do you choose the right college? How do you find housing, buy books? And how do you figure all of that out while still doing well in high school and shouldering responsibilities at home?

Educational Talent Search program services are FREE!

To apply call 619-297-4471 | email Patricia Bácame ETS Programs Director at | or click below

We identify and HELP qualified high school students from underrepresented demographics who have the potential to succeed in higher education. 

Our program provides FREE academic, career, and financial counseling to its participants and encourages them to graduate from high school and continue to college. TRIO Programs are Federal outreach and student service programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from underrepresented backgrounds.


FREE Services:

Academic Counseling on SAT / ACT tests & A-G Rigorous Course Selection

Tutoring Connection

College & Financial Aid Information & Application Assistance

Financial / Economic Literacy Connection



U.S. Citizen or Legal Permanent Resident

Not Enrolled in another Talent Search (ETS), Educational Opportunity Center (EOC), Upward Bound (UB) or Cal-SOAP program

Completed ETS application <—click to download

Priority is given to students who are:

  • Low-income

  • First Generation (neither parent has graduated from a four-year university with a bachelor's degree)

  • Planning to attend college


Benefits of a FREE ETS Advisor:

Free individualized services

College and financial aid up-to-date information

Well trained and experienced advisement

Reminders of important deadlines 

Access to meetings and workshops for parents

What Our Kids and Parents are Saying:

People willing to help…

“I’m really glad that there are people out there willing to help us out, I don’t know what I’d be doing without you guys!”

-Clairemont High School

Thank you for helping so much.

“The free services are really good, thank you for helping so much.”

— L.K.

College was always my plan.

“You really helped make College a reality. I always planned to go but never knew how to get a scholarship. Thanks”

— J.Y.


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High Schools Served: Crawford High School | Clairemont High School | Herbert Hoover High School | Escondido High School | Fallbrook High School, Kearny Educational Complex | Montgomery High School | Orange Glenn High School | San Diego High School | Sweetwater High School | Vista High School. |