Plan for what's next.

Choosing the right courses for high school can shape your future, whether you're headed to college or straight to career. Be sure to stay on track and get the most out of high school with these resources.

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Learn how Texas rule changes affect you.

In 2013, Texas changed the rules on graduation requirements. Now you'll need to outline your academic and career goals during ninth grade using a formal document called a high school personal graduation plan. Sounds complicated, but don't stress! We have the answers you need. 

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Get excited for your future!

Don't know what you want to do next? The resources below will help you to discover, explore, and connect to opportunities that get you excited about what comes after high school.

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Find the right graduation plan.

Texas OnCourse will help you create a graduation plan that will help you get to where you want to be after high school. Check out our MapMyGrad grad planner.

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What about endorsements?

You'll need to map out  a high school personal graduation plan that leads to an endorsement. You can earn one or more endorsements in high school. Endorsements and graduation plans go hand in hand. Click over to our endorsement page to learn more.

Important Dates and Deadlines

DEC-
JAN

GRADE 8

Prep for personal graduation planning and high school registration

JAN

GRADE 8

Choose your endorsement!

FEB

GRADES 9 & 10

Select your courses for next year!

FEB

GRADE 11

Select your courses for next year!

All Resources for Graduation Requirements

Middle School

Maximize Winter Break at Any Age
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Ahhh, winter break! Time to rest and relax. It’s also a great opportunity to zero in on your future. For students with their eyes set on college, take the most of your winter break with these tips

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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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High School Endorsements: The Basics
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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!

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MapMyGrad
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Students zero in on skills and interests to explore careers and endorsements, and plan a path through high school.

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High School Endorsements and Career Paths
ENDORSEMENTS

Prepare students to select high school endorsements with labor market and career information.

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Early High School

Maximize Winter Break at Any Age
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Ahhh, winter break! Time to rest and relax. It’s also a great opportunity to zero in on your future. For students with their eyes set on college, take the most of your winter break with these tips

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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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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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TASFA: Help Texas Residents Access Financial Aid
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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.

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ACT vs SAT
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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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MapMyGrad
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Students zero in on skills and interests to explore careers and endorsements, and plan a path through high school.

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Late High School

College Costs: Four Tips for Four Types
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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.

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Maximize Winter Break at Any Age
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Ahhh, winter break! Time to rest and relax. It’s also a great opportunity to zero in on your future. For students with their eyes set on college, take the most of your winter break with these tips

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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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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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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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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!

Woman's hands working at laptop
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.

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.

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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
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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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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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