Help students understand their best college options and how to get there.

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Taste college in high school.

There are many ways to earn college credits in high school – dual credit, dual enrollment, AP, IB. Make sure your students understand the difference and how their credits will transfer when they start their chosen degree program.

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Ace college admission tests.

There’s a lot that goes into guiding students through admission tests. They need to prepare. They need help with registration, with fee waivers, and with requesting accommodations. The Texas OnCourse Academy helps you answer these questions, and we’ll point you to external tools to share with students and families.

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Understand what’s available.

You’re helping students navigate so many questions. They’re understanding the difference between public and private schools, what colleges are best for their major, and more. Our trainings and tools help you make these big differences clear.

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Military? Athletics? You’ve got this.

Each student has a unique set of needs. Questions on how to help students interested in military academies or Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC)? Guiding students through the athletic recruitment process? Let us make things clear.

Important Dates and Deadlines

JUN
2

GRADES 11 &12

June SAT test date

JUN
9

GRADES 11 & 12

June ACT test date

AUG

GRADE 10

Sign up for a PSAT prep class

OCT
01

GRADE 12

Common applications open. Start applying to college!

All Resources for College Planning

Early High School

Help us Fulfill Your Data Needs. (Survey)
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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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What are the endorsement choices of 9th graders enrolled in Texas Schools in 2015-16?
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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
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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
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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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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.

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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.

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How University Application Rates Vary by Race/Ethnicity
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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
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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!

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Resources to Share: National Merit Scholarship
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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
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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.

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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.

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MiddleGalaxy
JOBS AND CAREERS

Lead a space voyage in this web and mobile game exploring the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed for a variety of careers.

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Share Your Road
JOBS AND CAREERS

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

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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
Adventures in Education
FINANCES

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

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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
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Khan Academy SAT Prep
COLLEGE PLANNING

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

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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
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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.

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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.

Icon of lightbulb surrounded by smaller icons of calculators, beakers, atoms and graphs
Financial Aid Timeline
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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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.

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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
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
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.

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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.

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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.

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