Step 1: Go to fafsa.ed.gov and Fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid. You will need to use the family’s 2017 Tax Return. Save your username and login and also your FAFSA ID. This is FREE MONEY.
Step 2: Go to ApplyTexas.org and fill out your profile information and make an account. Save your account information. This site is used by (most) all Texas colleges and universities as their application process. You save your information and request to have your application sent to the college(s) of your choice. There is a fee to send an application to most colleges. If you have a fee waiver for the ACT, you check the box ‘use fee waiver.’
Step 3: send your Apply Texas application to 2-3 colleges of your choice. Find out what the college requires for applying (transcript, GPA, ACT/SAT scores). Come see your counselor and I will send your official transcript directly to the school you are applying. Juniors and Seniors will be given their transcript at the beginning of the school year. This information will include their current ranking and GPA. Seniors may use this information for applying for scholarships and college applications.
Step 4: When you receive your acceptance letter or email from the college of your choice, CELEBRATE! Then, go online to your college’s website and start applying for SCHOLARSHIPS specifically for your college or university.
Step 5: Come by and see your counselor and get any schoalrships available that may apply to you; listen to the daily announcements of new scholarships available.
New website alert!!!! Parents and students from Junior High to 12th grade, check this out!!! https://texasoncourse.org/
Texas GEAR UP is a great website for getting ready for College and beyond! https://www.texasgearup.com/
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The U.S. is on track to be 24 million college degrees short of what the economy needs by 2025. To view and share additional statistics about first generations students visit http://www.gocollegenow.org/statistics.