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September 28, 2016

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UTPA Annex Rm. 112
2412 South Closner
Edinburg TX 78539-2909
(956) 665-7501 Office
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Click Below for Additonal College Resources and Links

1. is being built by the U.S. Department of Education in collaboration with students. This site is intended to be the go-to source for information and resources about planning, preparing and paying for postsecondary education (such as 2- or 4-year colleges and universities, as well as vocational or career schools).Most importantly, is intended to provide inspiration and hope to all students, and encourage them to consider and pursue a postsecondary education.

2.  College for All Texans is a great resource to find information on college entrance testing, the college admissions process, applying for financial aid, college searches, and many other resources to help plan for your higher education!!

3.  ApplyTexas was created through a collaborative effort between the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the colleges and universities represented on the site. The goal of the project is to offer a centralized means for both Texas and non-Texas students to apply to the many outstanding postsecondary institutions available in Texas.

    On ApplyTexas you can accomplish a multitude of tasks including:
    * Apply for admission to any Texas public university, as well as to participating community colleges.
    * Apply for undergraduate, international and graduate admission.
    * Copy a submitted application to another institution.
    * Submit your application essays online.
    * Apply for scholarships from participating universities.
    * Apply for housing with participating universities.
    * Search for and view both general and university?specific information.

Helpful Websites for First Generation, Underserved Students, Families and Counselors

Consult these sites for a wealth of information relevant to first generation and underserved students in your schools and communities. Although some of the sites are regionally-based, they all offer tips and ideas for working with your students and their families.

General Sites for Information

College Board
Search and planning functions as well as testing information for PSAT/NMSQT and SAT plus FA information,including the CSS Profile). Also has a spanish version.

The federal governmentʼs site for tips and information geared to counselors about how to approach financial aid with students and families.

College Is Possible
College Is Possible is the American Council on Education's (ACE) K–16 youth development program. It motivates middle and high school students from underserved communities to seek a college education. ACE has partnered with 47 member institutions around the country to build a bridge between colleges and universities and their local K-12 community with commitment at the executive level.
Public A site from the Feds that covers a wide range of college-related issues, including making the transition to college. It includes a link to the FAFSA and a direct link to where you can get a PIN for the application. It also has links to other areas of the federal government in an easy to use format. A little less intimidating than some government sites can be.

Bureau of Labor Statistics
Is the student-centered corner of the Bureau of Labor Statistics site. Here students can see what it takes to become a doctor, attorney, farmer, etc., and what the prospects for those jobs are in coming years. A good place to start discussions about the future with younger students. (larger site)

Illinois Student Assistance Commission: College Zone

From the Illinois Student Assistance Commission. Lots of information for students, parents, counselors, plus a good FA section. Itʼs Illinois-centered, but all the basic information is there. Check your own stateʼs government site to see something similar.

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