There are countless websites and resources on the internet that can help you plan and prepare for college. Here is a list of websites you might find helpful.
The Texas Common Application is accepted by every Texas Public University, as well as participating community and private colleges. Students can use the same saved application to apply to multiple schools.
This is the official homepage for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. This site has been set up to simplify filling out the FAFSA. Learn what to do before filling out the FAFSA, while filling it out and what to do for FAFSA follow-up.
The US Federal Trade commission has valuable information on how to identify scholarship scams. Check out this website for simple ways to avoid common scams.
All in One Websites:
StudentAid.ed.gov: This is your source for free information from the U.S. Department of Education on preparing for and funding education beyond high school.
MyFSA: MyFSA is a tool on Studentaid.ed.gov where students create a personal portfolio to keep track of everything they do to prepare for college. MyFSA has many interactive features ranging from tables with the date and confirmation number of all submitted applications to automatically filling in applications with information provided in your profile. Be sure to check out what else MyFSA has to offer.
Collegeboard.com: Find information on almost every step in preparing for college. This site features timelines and calendars for both college applications and financial aid. You can also utilize the free online organizer to help keep all of your information and progress in one place.
CollegeforTexans.com: This site provides in depth information on applying to schools in Texas. It also has an extensive financial aid section for both state and federal opportunities.
EveryChanceEveryTexan.org: Find information on future jobs in Texas, see how to pay for college based on your age, find scholarships and interest free loans, and research Texas schools.
AIE.org: Adventures in Education has college planning resources, financial aid information, career guidance, and money management tips to help students and families achieve their goals.
KnowHow2Go.org: This site focuses on finding mentors to help you through the process of preparing for college. There are also resources and tips for students as young as middle school all the way through senior year.
College.gov: This site is intended to provide inspiration, hope and encouragement for all students to continue their education. Find resources about planning, preparing and paying for higher education.
OnlineUniversity.net: Resource information on financial aid, majors and online educaiton.
AccreditedOnlineColleges.org: Resource information with a complete list of Accredited Online MBA programs
Scholarships/Financial Aid Information:
Scholarships4school.com: This site has information on many different types of scholarships and financial aid. You can search based on area of study, the name of the scholarship, or the type of aid you are looking for.
StudentAidAlliance.org: You can find general information on federal financial aid programs.
FastWeb.com: Use this free scholarship matching service to find the right scholarship for you.
Texas Monthly College Guide 2010: Texas Monthly profiled 72 schools who award bachelor's degrees, own their own facilities, are SACS accredited and are Texas-based. Use this site to compare schools based on different criteria, including undergraduate enrollment, tuition per semester hour, and student to teacher ratios.
NCES College Navigator: Use this website to find the right college for you. Start your search with general information and then use additional search criteria to narrow your results and build a list of schools to compare side by side. You can even export results to a spreadsheet and save your session.
PrincetonReview.com: Find out more information on college entrance tests as well as locations for free test prep courses near you.
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