• Career Information
    Launch My Career Texas is a great resource for career information. Visit this website to research possible career choices. On this website, you will be able to:
    • -Learn your lifetime earning potential
      -Explore careers within your chosen endorsement
      -Click on your dream career and learn what majors can lead you there
      -Learn what schools offer that major
      -Explore handy charts to compare your choice of school, career, and income to others
      -and so much more!

     
     
    College Information
     
     
    Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Assessment
     

    All public two and four year colleges in Texas require this assessment in order to enroll in classes. Some students are exempt from the TSI based on scores obtained on the TAKS, SAT or ACT. If you are not exempt you can take the test free of charge through College Access. For more information about this test you may visit www.tccd.edu.

    TEXAS COLLEGE APPLICATION
     
    All four-year state universities and colleges are using the common application for Texas. You can go to the web site at www.applytexas.org . This web site has links to all the Texas public universities. Be sure to go to "Frequently Asked Questions" and you'll find out a tremendous amount of information. The code book that is needed for completing the application is also available on-line.
    TRANSCRIPTS 
    Each college to which a student applies will require an official high school transcript. To have a transcript sent to a college will require having the student to come into the counseling office to fill out a transcript request form. Each transcript request will cost $1.00 and will be mailed directly to the college. Please allow 3 days for these to be sent. In addition to needing a transcripts for admission, a final transcript will need to be sent to the college. Final transcript requests need to be made by the end of May to insure prompt delivery.   
    NCAA CLEARING HOUSE
     
    College-bound student athletes are required to register with the NCAA Clearinghouse. It is strongly suggested that you register online. Go to www.ncaaclearinghouse.net . From the home page, click on "Prospective Student-Athletes" . Check with your counselor to see if you are eligible for a fee waiver. SAT or ACT scores must be sent directly to the NCAA by using college code 9999. Students are also now required to fill out the amateurism questionnaire when filling out the other information.
    FREE APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID (FAFSA)   
     
    After January 1 of a student's senior year, the student and parent should fill out the FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov . Colleges and universities use the FAFSA to determine if a student is eligible for grants, work study, and loans. To fill out the FAFSA student and parents will need to have their previous year income tax return finished or at least estimated. Both student and parent will need to have a FAFSA pin number to submit the FAFSA on-line. You may get your pin number by visiting www.pin.ed.gov .
     
    • Deadlines do matter. The earlier you submit your forms, the more likely you are to get a good financial aid package.
    • The financial aid office at the college you are applying are responsible for awarding you a financial aid package.
    Types of financial aid available
    • Grants - Money you do not have to pay back
    • Loans - Money borrowed that must be paid back
    • Work Study - Money earned from work used to help pay for school
    • Scholarships - Available from many sources 

     

    TEXAS GRANT

    http://www.collegeforalltexans.com or toll-free 1-877-782-7322

    The Texas Legislature established the TEXAS (Towards Excellence, Access and Success) Grant to make sure that deserving high school graduates with financial need could go to college.

    The TEXAS Grant, in combination with other aid, pays tuition and fees at the state's public colleges and universities.
     
    Eligibility Requirements for an Initial Award
     
    • Be a Texas resident.
    • Have not been convicted of a felony or crime involving a controlled substance.
    • Show financial need.
      AND
    • Complete the Recommended High School Program or Distinguished Achievement Program in high school.
    • Enroll in a non-profit public college or university in Texas within 16 months of graduation from a public or accredited private high school in Texas.
    • Have accumulated no more than 30 semester credit hours, excluding those earned for dual or concurrent courses or awarded for credit by examination (AP, IB or CLEP).
      OR
    • Have earned an associates degree from a public technical, state or community college in Texas, and
    • Enroll in any public university in Texas no more than 12 months after receiving your associate's degree.
     
    TILF (Texas Interscholastic League Foundation)
     
    This foundation provides grants to students who compete at the UIL Academic State Meet. Scholarship values range from $2,000 - $14,000. To be considered, each applicant must meet the following:
    • Must have competed on the state level of competition
    • Must rank high scholastically, at least in top 25%
    • Must begin college the same year of high school graduation
    • Must attend an accredited college or university in Texas, enroll for and pass a minimum of 12 hours per semester, and maintain a 2.5 GPA

    Parent's IRS 1040 forms must be submitted

    Brochure and application can be obtained at http://tilf.uiltexas.org.

    • Click on the TILF button and download.
    • Applications must be mailed between April and May.

    Direct questions to Carolyn Scott at 512/232-4938 or carolyn.scott@mail.utexas.edu

    College and University Search
     
    Peterson's lets you search for specific programs or schools in a certain location, get detailed information on particular institutions, and perform side-by-side comparisons. You can request additional info from some schools, and even apply online, directly from the Peterson's Web site. Peterson's Directory of Colleges and Universities

    Another good source for college searches is www.collegeboard.com .

    To let colleges find you visit www.cappex.com .
    Helpful Websites         

                www.collegeboard.com/pay/scholarships-aid/21403.html  -  discusses scholarship strategies
                www.usscholarshipguide.org/misc/scholarship_tips.html  - 10 tips to winning a scholarship