Prepare for college and career.

You’re preparing your juniors and seniors for some big decisions. Whether they’re headed to college, career, or the military, there are a number of details they’ll need your help with. Gain the confidence you need with the Texas OnCourse Academy and share the resources listed here with students and families.

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Help students and families understand options.

As students approach the end of high school, they can take a number of paths – joining the workforce, enlisting in the military, going to college or technical school. They may want to play college athletics or work during school. Be prepared to advise any student on these potential futures with our trainings and tools.

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Explore careers.

Your students are already tailoring their high school classes toward their goals, but there are still so many careers they’ve never even heard of. Train in how to organize work-based learning experiences such as internships, how to use labor market information to broaden their horizons, and how to find career planning tools to help students explore on their own.

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Help students submit more, better applications.

Learn about the specifics of each type of application and find tools to help students get fee waivers and nail submissions. Ensure that they have the best test scores possible by training up on subjects like accommodations, and use the tools below to get them practicing.

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Plan for finances after graduation.

If you ask students and families what they’re most worried about after graduation, the answer is generally the same: money. Students are worried about finding jobs that pay well or getting financial aid to help them in college. Use our financial planning tools to help them start preparing now.

Important Dates and Deadlines

JUN
2

GRADES 11 &12

June SAT test date

JUN
9

GRADES 11 & 12

June ACT test date

OCT
01

GRADE 12

Common applications open. Start applying to college!

OCT
01

GRADE 12

FAFSA opens

All Resources for 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
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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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

Grad Requirements

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
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
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
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

Jobs and Careers

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
Classroom Tips: Labor Market Information
BLOG

Market information can tell students what has happened in the past, what is happening now, and what is likely to happen in the years ahead. Because LMI can objectively answer important career exploration questions, it is a valuable resource for students who are choosing a career path. Learn about growing careers in this blog entry.

Unlabeled example graph from Texas Workforce Commission representing salaries
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
Share Your Road
JOBS AND CAREERS

Discover opportunities you never knew existed! Texans share their career journeys. Explore their stories and get inspired.

Screenshot of career profile showing education, skills and tasks
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
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
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
Your Bright Future
COLLEGE PLANNING | JOBS AND CAREERS

Use the resources on this site to help students explore careers. Your Bright Future is the Texas Workforce Commission hub for informing high school students about labor market Information.

Screenshot of homepage: Woman reaching to the sky, tabs for job seekers, employers, workforce partners and families
Roadtrip Nation
JOBS AND CAREERS

Students travel across the nation to talk to their heroes and job crushes and understand college and career decisions along the way.

Texas Roadtrip homepage: Texas sky with label high school is a time to explore, create, and make mistakes
Texas Internship Challenge
JOBS AND CAREERS

High schoolers explore careers and gain real-world experience in order to become more workforce ready. Employers also take the challenge.

Screenshot: Icons of students applying for internship, internship search bar
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 Genuine
JOBS AND CAREERS | COLLEGE PLANNING

Texas Genuine enables students to explore future careers and take an assessment to understand their skills and interests. Students can use that information to explore college programs.

Screenshot of homepage with buttons to watch a video on a career assessment, and to take the assessment
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.
AutoCoder
JOBS AND CAREERS

This resource helps students quickly locate O*Net codes, used to find more information on specific occupations, by simply typing in keywords or phrases.

Screenshot: homepage with search for job title or description
TWC Help Wanted Online
JOBS AND CAREERS

This resource from the Texas Workforce Commission enables students to look at available jobs and explore technical education options.

Screenshot: Map of Texas with region highlighted, titled Help Wanted Online
My Next Move
COLLEGE PLANNING | JOBS AND CAREERS

In this resource from the US Department of Labor, explore the skills, education, and even the personality traits necessary for various careers.

Screenshot: My Next Move Homepage. Buttons to search for careers, browse careers by energy or share interests

College Planning

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
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
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.

Outline of clock
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.

Image of George Washington from the dollar bill winking. Headline: Get money.
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
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.

Text: CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE
Navigating the Many College Application Systems
BLOG

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
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
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.

Screenshot of THECB homepage: Man in grad cap, 60x30TX logo
Share Your Road
JOBS AND CAREERS

Discover opportunities you never knew existed! Texans share their career journeys. Explore their stories and get inspired.

Screenshot of career profile showing education, skills and tasks
Texas OnCourse Academy
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

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

Texas OnCourse logo
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
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
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
Texas GEAR UP
COLLEGE PLANNING

High school students plan for college and career with resources provided by Texas GEAR UP. Interactive games and tools set them on the path to future success.

Screenshot of gearup homepage: a pug in space with headline the one thing you can't go to college without
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
Your Bright Future
COLLEGE PLANNING | JOBS AND CAREERS

Use the resources on this site to help students explore careers. Your Bright Future is the Texas Workforce Commission hub for informing high school students about labor market Information.

Screenshot of homepage: Woman reaching to the sky, tabs for job seekers, employers, workforce partners and families
Roadtrip Nation
JOBS AND CAREERS

Students travel across the nation to talk to their heroes and job crushes and understand college and career decisions along the way.

Texas Roadtrip homepage: Texas sky with label high school is a time to explore, create, and make mistakes
Khan Academy SAT Prep
COLLEGE PLANNING

Prepare students for the SAT with lessons and practice tests from this official partner of the College Board.

Screenshot: Homepage titled official SAT practice with button to start practicing
Texas Genuine
JOBS AND CAREERS | COLLEGE PLANNING

Texas Genuine enables students to explore future careers and take an assessment to understand their skills and interests. Students can use that information to explore college programs.

Screenshot of homepage with buttons to watch a video on a career assessment, and to take the assessment
My Next Move
COLLEGE PLANNING | JOBS AND CAREERS

In this resource from the US Department of Labor, explore the skills, education, and even the personality traits necessary for various careers.

Screenshot: My Next Move Homepage. Buttons to search for careers, browse careers by energy or share interests
Common App Ready
APPLYING TO COLLEGE

The Common Application provides this resource full of college essay writing tips, guidance on college recommendations, understanding application fees, fee waivers, and more.

Screenshot: Image of woman working at computer with buttons plan ahead, explore colleges, and virtual counselor

Applying to College

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
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.

Outline of clock
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.

Image of George Washington from the dollar bill winking. Headline: Get money.
Navigating the Many College Application Systems
BLOG

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.

Text: Our top tips for the Common Application
Texas OnCourse Academy
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

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

Texas OnCourse logo
ApplyTexas
APPLYING TO COLLEGE

Apply to all Texas two- and four-year public schools, and some private schools, with this streamlined application.

Web screenshot: log in panel for ApplyTexas
The Common Application
APPLYING TO COLLEGE

The Common Application is a central application to public and private universities across the country. Understand and apply.

Common Application Homepage, reading college is ready for you
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)
The Coalition Application
APPLYING TO COLLEGE

The Coalition Application makes applying to college more accessible for low-income and first-generation students.

Web screenshot: Diverse students at graduation ceremony. Label: making college a reality for all students.
Common App Ready
APPLYING TO COLLEGE

The Common Application provides this resource full of college essay writing tips, guidance on college recommendations, understanding application fees, fee waivers, and more.

Screenshot: Image of woman working at computer with buttons plan ahead, explore colleges, and virtual counselor
The Universal College Application
APPLYING TO COLLEGE

With the Universal College Application, students save time by submitting a single application to participating institutions. The website also provides financial aid and testing resources, as well as a central place for students, counselors, and advisers to submit important forms.

Screenshot of college search function
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
College Costs: Four Tips for Four Types
BLOG

As college acceptances and financial aid award letters start rolling in for high school seniors, families are beginning to count the cost of these postsecondary options. The cost of attendance for each college includes four main types of expenses. Understanding these types of expenses, some direct and some indirect, will help families decide whether a college is a financial fit and find ways to cut costs.

Leader Fellow Jenifer Price
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
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.

Outline of clock
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.

Image of George Washington from the dollar bill winking. Headline: Get money.
Classroom Tips: Labor Market Information
BLOG

Market information can tell students what has happened in the past, what is happening now, and what is likely to happen in the years ahead. Because LMI can objectively answer important career exploration questions, it is a valuable resource for students who are choosing a career path. Learn about growing careers in this blog entry.

Unlabeled example graph from Texas Workforce Commission representing salaries
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.

Text: CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE
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
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.

Text: The good, the bad and the ugly
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.

Screenshot of THECB homepage: Man in grad cap, 60x30TX logo
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