The Region 19 College and Career Readiness team has put together these resources with reputable websites. The content will be updated regularly as school closures throughout our region are being affected by COVID-19. Please feel free to share these resources with student support staff.
College Board is offering a FREE comprehensive professional development event for school counselors. Register now for the 2020 Counselor Summer Institute (August 4-7, 2020).
ADVi is Texas’ Virtual College Adviser! A new virtual tool to support college advising from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB). Text “COUNSELOR” to 512-829-3687 to get started.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is money to help pay for post-secondary education. Grants, work-study, loans, and scholarships help make post-secondary education affordable.
Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA) – Students who are non-U.S. citizens but are Texas residents may apply for TASFA. The TASFA application must be printed and turned in/mailed to the financial aid office of the college or university the student plans to attend.
Standardized tests widely used for college admissions in the U.S. to measure a high school student’s readiness for post-secondary education:
College Board offers support for AP students affected by ongoing school closures:
Texas College Access Network (TxCAN) connects and supports college access initiatives across the state of Texas.
Texas Association for College Admission Counseling (TACAC) offer professional development for school counselors, college and career specialists who work with students in the transition from high school to post-secondary education.
Sallie Mae Fund (outside source) - Financial Aid for Under-served Communities
Achieve Texas (outside source) - Education initiative to combine academics with relevant career education
The Texas Education Agency’s free brochure on financial aid: A Guide for Students and Parents About Higher Education (PDF, 612KB) is available for downloading, printing, and dissemination to students and their parents and/or guardians.
Texas Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (TASFAA) (outside source) - The latest information about student services, financial aid, legislative news and more including Financial Aid training.
College for All Texans (outside source) - Looking for one place to find all there is to know about going to college or technical school in Texas? Information on admissions, financial aid, and free test preparation are just a few areas of content found on the site.
Labor Market and Career Information (LMCI) (outside source) - Improves the way Texans make career and educational decisions by providing useful and reliable information about careers, educational training options and jobs.
Reality Check (outside source) - After High School you will need to pay for housing, transportation, clothes... Find out how much money you will need and which career will pay for all your needs.
Texas Work Prep Learning Management System (LMS) (outside source) - Help job seekers master an effective job search process by participating in three on-line courses.
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