Understand how choices now impact your financial future.

When you ask students and families their top concerns about college, their answer is usually "money." Whether your students are concerned about out-of-pocket cost, loan debt, or simply the unknown, this collection of resources is here for you.

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Understand college costs.

There are various kinds of college costs – direct costs such as tuition and room and board and indirect costs such as books or gas that may not be included in the price on a college's website. Help students understand both.

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Increase federal aid.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is the number one source for help paying for college. Yet in 2015, $2.9 billion set aside for students went unclaimed! Ensure that your students don't miss this opportunity.

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Up scholarship applications.

Scholarships are free money for college that students never have to pay back. There are thousands of sources for scholarships – we link educators with resources that work for students.

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Understand student loans.

It’s normal to take on some debt during college. Help students understand the steps to paying it back and how to get the loans that cost you the least money over time.

Important Dates and Deadlines

MAR
01 - 15

GRADE 12

Texas priority deadline for TASFA and FAFSA

OCT
01

GRADE 12

CSS PROFILE opens

OCT
01

GRADE 12

FAFSA opens

All Resources for Finances

Middle School

Help us Fulfill Your Data Needs. (Survey)
BLOG

Texas OnCourse aims to build a data widget that helps the members of the educational community track the readiness and outcomes of their students. To ensure that we are addressing the community’s interests, we would like to hear about your data needs and challenges!

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My Top Resources to Sharpen Your Career and Technical Education Skills
BLOG

Did you know that February is Career and Technical Education Month? CTE Month is a public awareness campaign initiated by the Association for Career and Technical Education.

Leader Fellow Calvin Jordan
Career Clusters and Endorsements
BLOG

What are the differences between Career Clusters and Endorsements, and how do they hang together?
This is the second in a series of posts on high school endorsements.

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High School Endorsements: The Basics
BLOG

What are endorsements? For parents and guardians, hearing that their eighth grader will have to select an endorsement can be confusing. After all, when today’s adults were in school, such a thing didn’t exist!

Man in graduation cap selecting from tiny versions of himself as doctor, businessman, chef and construction worker
Announcing Release of New Middle School College & Career Resources
LESSONS AND CURRICULUM

Texas OnCourse is excited to announce the release of key resources to prepare middle school students for college and career decisions: our Curriculum Guide, and career exploration game MiddleGalaxy.

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College and Career Advising in Texas
REPORT

Texas OnCourse administered a survey to K-12 counselors and advisers throughout Texas to better understand the state of college and career advising. Feedback from school counselors is crucial to maximizing the impact of our counseling and advising resources. Texas OnCourse is committed to using the data supplied in this survey to maximize the services we provide to our community.

Diverse students reading at tablets
The College and Employment Outcomes of Career and Technical Education (CTE) Concentrators
REPORT

For our Data Note No. 2, we investigated how college and employment outcomes vary based on whether students concentrated in CTE (defined as taking three or more courses in the same CTE subject) and in what discipline they concentrated.

Small screenshot of bar-graph titled "fall 2014 postsecondary enrollment by CTE cluster concentration"
Full Catalog of Free Training for Counselors and Advisers Now Available
BLOG

Our succinct and effective modules fall under three primary categories: Postsecondary Pathways, Career Pathways, and Financial Aid. Prepare students for success regardless of their academic path with this comprehensive resource that supports your day-to-day work advising your students.

Text: College, Career, Financial Aid
Texas OnCourse Academy
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Texas OnCourse Academy provides comprehensive learning on college and career advising to educators.

Texas OnCourse logo
College for All Texans
COLLEGE PLANNING | FINANCES

Find out your options on how to pay for college education costs. Understand tuition and fees, financial aid, and scholarships and loans.

Homepage with options for students, military and adult learners

Early High School

Help us Fulfill Your Data Needs. (Survey)
BLOG

Texas OnCourse aims to build a data widget that helps the members of the educational community track the readiness and outcomes of their students. To ensure that we are addressing the community’s interests, we would like to hear about your data needs and challenges!

Small sample pie graphs representing public university application rates by race and ethnicity
What are the endorsement choices of 9th graders enrolled in Texas Schools in 2015-16?
REPORT

Texas OnCourse has published a new data note highlighting the differences in how various demographic groups select their high school endorsements.

Report showing percentage of ninth graders pursuing endorsements by gender
My Top Resources to Sharpen Your Career and Technical Education Skills
BLOG

Did you know that February is Career and Technical Education Month? CTE Month is a public awareness campaign initiated by the Association for Career and Technical Education.

Leader Fellow Calvin Jordan
Career Clusters and Endorsements
BLOG

What are the differences between Career Clusters and Endorsements, and how do they hang together?
This is the second in a series of posts on high school endorsements.

Icon of lightbulb surrounded by smaller icons of calculators, beakers, atoms and graphs
College and Career Advising in Texas
REPORT

Texas OnCourse administered a survey to K-12 counselors and advisers throughout Texas to better understand the state of college and career advising. Feedback from school counselors is crucial to maximizing the impact of our counseling and advising resources. Texas OnCourse is committed to using the data supplied in this survey to maximize the services we provide to our community.

Diverse students reading at tablets
The College and Employment Outcomes of Career and Technical Education (CTE) Concentrators
REPORT

For our Data Note No. 2, we investigated how college and employment outcomes vary based on whether students concentrated in CTE (defined as taking three or more courses in the same CTE subject) and in what discipline they concentrated.

Small screenshot of bar-graph titled "fall 2014 postsecondary enrollment by CTE cluster concentration"
How University Application Rates Vary by Race/Ethnicity
REPORT

If Texas colleges want to boost attainment and college completion rates, we need a clear picture of how students are actually applying to college. This inaugural Texas OnCourse Data Note investigates how university application rates vary according to race and ethnicity.

Small sample pie graphs representing public university application rates by race and ethnicity
When and Why to Take the TSIA
BLOG

The Texas Success Initiative Assessments (TSIA) are part of the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) program designed to help a student's college or university determine if the student is ready for college-level coursework in reading, writing, and mathematics. Let us explain when and why to take the exam!

Woman's hands working at laptop
Resources to Share: National Merit Scholarship
BLOG

The fall is PSAT season, which means students have questions about the National Merit Scholarship. Often, students don’t fully understand why the PSAT is important, except as a practice for the SAT. We've created simple graphs that can help you guide your students.

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Full Catalog of Free Training for Counselors and Advisers Now Available
BLOG

Our succinct and effective modules fall under three primary categories: Postsecondary Pathways, Career Pathways, and Financial Aid. Prepare students for success regardless of their academic path with this comprehensive resource that supports your day-to-day work advising your students.

Text: College, Career, Financial Aid
TASFA: Help Texas Residents Access Financial Aid
FINANCE

Undocumented and DACA-status students are often confused or frightened about how to seek financial aid. In today’s climate, students may have a particularly hard time seeking this sort of help from authority figures. As a Texas educator, you can assure students that in-state financial aid is available to all students who reside here, not just citizens.

Texas Flag labeled Texas Application for State Financial Aid
ACT vs SAT
BLOG

Students often ask themselves, do I take the SAT or the ACT? We do recommend that students take full length practice tests of both, or even take both tests (both offer fee waivers!) - but included here is a chart detailing the similarities and differences between the two major college exams.

Text logos for SAT and ACT
Texas OnCourse Academy
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Texas OnCourse Academy provides comprehensive learning on college and career advising to educators.

Texas OnCourse logo
Texas Reality Check
JOBS AND CAREERS | FINANCES

Curious how your college and career path will impact your future income? How easy it will be to pay off student loans? Find out.

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Adventures in Education
FINANCES

Access financial aid information, money management tools, and scholarship opportunities as students prepare to pay for college.

Screenshot of AIE homepage: colorful blocks with images of students and classrooms
Compare College TX
COLLEGE PLANNING

Compare College TX enables you to compare Texas public two- and four-year universities by cost, graduation rate, and more.

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GenTX
COLLEGE PLANNING

Gain access to a collection of resources that help you and your student begin preparing for college in high school – including admissions, financial aid, and more.

GenTX homepage with announcement for May 4 Decision day
College for All Texans
COLLEGE PLANNING | FINANCES

Find out your options on how to pay for college education costs. Understand tuition and fees, financial aid, and scholarships and loans.

Homepage with options for students, military and adult learners
BigFuture
COLLEGE PLANNING

Learn what colleges offer your major, where you can get in, how much schools cost, and more with this College Board resource.

Web screenshot: Young girl smiling. Options to find a college, pay for college or make a plan
Texas Career Check
JOBS AND CAREERS

Learn about hundreds of careers with this career search for high school students. Explore salaries, popularity, and more. 

Screenshot of Texas Career Check webpage: young boy in wheelchair, tabs labeled explore careers and explore education
Launch My Career
JOBS AND CAREERS | FINANCES

Explore handy charts to compare your choice of school, career, and income to others. Research your college and career options

Launch My Career homepage: Icon of ship launching into space, with buttons for hot jobs and top majors
Financial Roadmap (Infographic for download)
FINANCES

Texas OnCourse created this graphic for educators to hang in their offices and classrooms. Whether students are headed to career, college or the military after graduation, help guide them to financial security.

Sample icons: build up savings, manage money, avoid credit card debt

Late High School

Help us Fulfill Your Data Needs. (Survey)
BLOG

Texas OnCourse aims to build a data widget that helps the members of the educational community track the readiness and outcomes of their students. To ensure that we are addressing the community’s interests, we would like to hear about your data needs and challenges!

Small sample pie graphs representing public university application rates by race and ethnicity
Starting the Conversation: Financial Aid Award Letters
BLOG

As we leave 2018 FAFSA priority deadlines behind us, students are checking their portals and mailboxes for their financial aid award letters. As they gear up to make big decisions about their financial and educational future, here are a series of helpful terms and questions to help guide students through their award letters.

Icons: wrapped present for gift aid, paper on clip board for loans, hand holding dollars for work study
My Top Resources to Sharpen Your Career and Technical Education Skills
BLOG

Did you know that February is Career and Technical Education Month? CTE Month is a public awareness campaign initiated by the Association for Career and Technical Education.

Leader Fellow Calvin Jordan
Career Clusters and Endorsements
BLOG

What are the differences between Career Clusters and Endorsements, and how do they hang together?
This is the second in a series of posts on high school endorsements.

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Financial Aid Timeline
BLOG

The FAFSA has now been open since October 1, so as the March 15 deadline roles closer, students may be wondering what their next steps are.

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The Basics: Scholarship Applications
BLOG

Starting the scholarship process can be overwhelming for students! Here, we’ve organized our tips into four simple steps to get students started on their application process, with downloadable resources for students, parents, and educators.

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College and Career Advising in Texas
REPORT

Texas OnCourse administered a survey to K-12 counselors and advisers throughout Texas to better understand the state of college and career advising. Feedback from school counselors is crucial to maximizing the impact of our counseling and advising resources. Texas OnCourse is committed to using the data supplied in this survey to maximize the services we provide to our community.

Diverse students reading at tablets
The College and Employment Outcomes of Career and Technical Education (CTE) Concentrators
REPORT

For our Data Note No. 2, we investigated how college and employment outcomes vary based on whether students concentrated in CTE (defined as taking three or more courses in the same CTE subject) and in what discipline they concentrated.

Small screenshot of bar-graph titled "fall 2014 postsecondary enrollment by CTE cluster concentration"
How University Application Rates Vary by Race/Ethnicity
REPORT

If Texas colleges want to boost attainment and college completion rates, we need a clear picture of how students are actually applying to college. This inaugural Texas OnCourse Data Note investigates how university application rates vary according to race and ethnicity.

Small sample pie graphs representing public university application rates by race and ethnicity
When and Why to Take the TSIA
BLOG

The Texas Success Initiative Assessments (TSIA) are part of the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) program designed to help a student's college or university determine if the student is ready for college-level coursework in reading, writing, and mathematics. Let us explain when and why to take the exam!

Woman's hands working at laptop
Resources to Share: National Merit Scholarship
BLOG

The fall is PSAT season, which means students have questions about the National Merit Scholarship. Often, students don’t fully understand why the PSAT is important, except as a practice for the SAT. We've created simple graphs that can help you guide your students.

Text - help students understand the national merit scholarship
Access Additional College Scholarship Funds with CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE
BLOG

In October, many college counselors and advisers are heads-down focused on helping students with FAFSA and TASFA applications. However, did you know students and families may qualify for additional financial aid through the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE application? This application is used by 300+ colleges and scholarship providers and, like the SAT, is administered by the College Board.

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Navigating the Many College Application Systems
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The various college application systems each have unique characteristics that that can make it hard for even the most seasoned counselor to quickly and easily remember specific details. Fortunately, Texas OnCourse has put together a one page resource you can hang in your classroom to make it easy to remember.

Text: Apply Texas, Common App, Coalition App, Universal App
Full Catalog of Free Training for Counselors and Advisers Now Available
BLOG

Our succinct and effective modules fall under three primary categories: Postsecondary Pathways, Career Pathways, and Financial Aid. Prepare students for success regardless of their academic path with this comprehensive resource that supports your day-to-day work advising your students.

Text: College, Career, Financial Aid
TASFA: Help Texas Residents Access Financial Aid
FINANCE

Undocumented and DACA-status students are often confused or frightened about how to seek financial aid. In today’s climate, students may have a particularly hard time seeking this sort of help from authority figures. As a Texas educator, you can assure students that in-state financial aid is available to all students who reside here, not just citizens.

Texas Flag labeled Texas Application for State Financial Aid
ACT vs SAT
BLOG

Students often ask themselves, do I take the SAT or the ACT? We do recommend that students take full length practice tests of both, or even take both tests (both offer fee waivers!) - but included here is a chart detailing the similarities and differences between the two major college exams.

Text logos for SAT and ACT
Common App: 3 Things to Know
BLOG

While the Common App makes it easier to apply to many colleges, including most Ivy League schools and many private colleges across the nation, that doesn’t make the college application process simple. Here are 3 top tips for students as well as for counselors, parents and guardians using the Common App.

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Best Practices: FAFSA Resources
BLOG

Among young people who did not finish college, nearly seven in 10 have no idea what FAFSA is, according to a 2011 survey. This not only undercuts their ability to pay for, and complete, college. It also makes them vulnerable to scamming and other malicious acts.

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THECB Student Loans
FINANCIAL AID

Since 1965, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) has provided low-interest student loans in Texas to Texas residents who are eligible to pay in-state tuition. Because THECB does not sell its loans, all loans are serviced at THECB until they are paid in full.

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Texas OnCourse Academy
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Texas OnCourse Academy provides comprehensive learning on college and career advising to educators.

Texas OnCourse logo
Texas Reality Check
JOBS AND CAREERS | FINANCES

Curious how your college and career path will impact your future income? How easy it will be to pay off student loans? Find out.

Woman and man reading smart phone, labeled lifestyle calculator
Adventures in Education
FINANCES

Access financial aid information, money management tools, and scholarship opportunities as students prepare to pay for college.

Screenshot of AIE homepage: colorful blocks with images of students and classrooms
FAFSA
FINANCES

Federal funding is the largest source of financial aid. Apply for grants, loans, and other types of aid with this free application.

Screenshot: Federal Student Aid homepage with options to log in and start a new FAFSA (Free Application for Student Aid)
Federal Student Aid
FINANCES

Understand exactly how FAFSA funds are distributed and benefit students with this tool from the US Department of Education.

Screenshot: Federal Student Aid Homepage with images of users diverse in age, race and gender
Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA)
FINANCES

This form lets foreign students and noncitizens who have filed taxes apply for financial aid.

Texas flag
Compare College TX
COLLEGE PLANNING

Compare College TX enables you to compare Texas public two- and four-year universities by cost, graduation rate, and more.

Icon of diploma with price tag, reading the average annual tuition and fees for a college varies substantially
GenTX
COLLEGE PLANNING

Gain access to a collection of resources that help you and your student begin preparing for college in high school – including admissions, financial aid, and more.

GenTX homepage with announcement for May 4 Decision day
College for All Texans
COLLEGE PLANNING | FINANCES

Find out your options on how to pay for college education costs. Understand tuition and fees, financial aid, and scholarships and loans.

Homepage with options for students, military and adult learners
College Scorecard
COLLEGE PLANNING | FINANCES

Compare colleges and universities based on information such as average cost, graduation rate, and salary after graduation.

Web screenshot: Search for colleges by programs, location, size, name
BigFuture
COLLEGE PLANNING

Learn what colleges offer your major, where you can get in, how much schools cost, and more with this College Board resource.

Web screenshot: Young girl smiling. Options to find a college, pay for college or make a plan
Texas Career Check
JOBS AND CAREERS

Learn about hundreds of careers with this career search for high school students. Explore salaries, popularity, and more. 

Screenshot of Texas Career Check webpage: young boy in wheelchair, tabs labeled explore careers and explore education
Launch My Career
JOBS AND CAREERS | FINANCES

Explore handy charts to compare your choice of school, career, and income to others. Research your college and career options

Launch My Career homepage: Icon of ship launching into space, with buttons for hot jobs and top majors
Texas Wages
JOBS AND CAREERS | FINANCES

Help students explore the difference between future careers and how much they pay with this simple tool from the Texas Workforce Commission.

Screenshot: Homepage with road sign and images to go to pages on wage by development area or metropolitan area.
Financial Roadmap (Infographic for download)
FINANCES

Texas OnCourse created this graphic for educators to hang in their offices and classrooms. Whether students are headed to career, college or the military after graduation, help guide them to financial security.

Sample icons: build up savings, manage money, avoid credit card debt