Important Web-sites for College Planning
www.collegefortexans.com - provides information on all colleges/universities in Texas , admissions requirements, areas of study, financial assistance, and career planning.
www.ApplyTexas.org - provides the only on-line access to the Texas Common Application. Some public universities have also chosen to have their scholarship applications completed on-line as well. This is the place.
www.fafsa.ed.gov - This is the official web-site of the Free Application for Federal Student Assistance. Look alike sites exist, but do not be fooled. It's companion sites www.studentaid.ed.gov and www.ed.gov provide additional information free of charge!
www.thecb.state.tx.us - is the official web-site for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. This allows access to official policy and research related to higher education.
www.collegeboard.com and www.act.org - Official web-sites for the two college entrance exam programs. Test preparation, test dates, and on-line registration are available. They also have their own college search.
www.fastweb.com - one of the top, free scholarship search engines on the net.
www.AIE.org - Adventures in Education - includes scholarship, financial aid and college information. If you get on their list, you will be mailed monthly "to do" lists to get you moving toward college!
www.collegenet.com - On-line applications for 1500 colleges/universities with their own scholarship search engine.
www.finaid.org - The whole financial aid process explained plus a scholarship search engine.
www.act.org/discover/login - Discover career investigation program. Students must get a login from their counselor. This is a comprehensive program that links career interests, job profiles and college opportunities. It also has detailed information on military opportunities.
Also, the State of Texas still provides a Uniform Admission Policy (Top 10% Rule) that allows any student graduating in the top 10% of their class automatic admission into a "general academic institution" with one exception. Those universities who find themselves inundated by students applying under this provision may establish guidelines to limit themselves to no more than 97% of their freshman class admitted through this law. (This is known as the UT/A & M amendment). Remember: automatic admission still means a student must apply and meet all paperwork/deadline requirements for admission. (This usually means test scores, application, transcripts, and, perhaps, recommendations.)