Parents' Corner

Welcome to the Parents’ Corner. This page is designed to assist parents and provide information on how to help your child on how to apply to college, how to pay for college, and how to become college ready!

Applying for College

Applying to college can be complicated at times, especially if you are applying to colleges with different admissions requirements. Here are some helpful sites to ease the process.

Apply Texas is the common college application for Texas colleges and universities.

The College For All Texans website is a one stop source of information to help students and parents plan, apply, and pay for college in Texas.

Paying for College (Financial Aid)

Financial aid helps students and their families pay for college. There are several types of financial aid including grants and scholarships, work-study, and student and parent loans.

Federal Student Aid, an office of the U.S. Department of Education, is the largest provider of student financial aid in the United States.

Fastweb is a free scholarship search service that can help students find need-based and merit assistance as well as jobs and internships.

The College For All Texans explains types of financial aid programs that you and your family may be eligible such as state scholarship programs and loan forgiveness programs.

Financial aid can help you afford college. There’s money out there to help you pay for college.

College Ready

Stay ahead and help your children take the important steps to make sure they are ready for college!

Texas OnCourse creates pathways used in preparing students for college & career success by providing best-in-class online resources for students, parents, & counselors.

ACT test is the nation’s most popular college entrance exam accepted and valued by all universities and colleges in the United States.

CollegeBoard SAT is an admission test accepted by all U.S. colleges, and the CollegeBoard has programs to encourage all students to take advantage of higher education.

The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) is a program designed to determine if a student is ready for college-level course work in the general areas of reading, writing and mathematics.

Other Resources

There are many resources available to help guide your student.

Generation Texas (GenTX) is a statewide, grassroots movement that’s focused on creating what’s next for Texas: a culture of college and career readiness that leads to the most successful generation of students ever.

Federal Student Aid provides student financial assistance in the form of grants, loans, and work-study funds.

Choosing a college is a big and exciting decision. Explore your interests and take the time to find a college that will put you on a path to a bright future.

Launch My Career TX is a web tool that provides students and parents with information about certificates or degrees from public postsecondary schools, including technical schools, and community colleges.

Earn College Credit in High School

Students can start earning college credit in high school.  Encourage your student to talk to their high school counselor about Dual Credit, CLEP, AP, or IB options. Many schools and districts have agreements set up with nearby community colleges and universities that allow you to enroll in courses to earn both high school and college credits free or at an affordable price.

Dual Credit is when a high school student enrolls in a college course and receives academic credit for both college and high school.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams help you receive college credit for what you already know, whether getting a head start on college or working to finish your degree.

Advanced Placement (AP) gives students the chance to tackle college-level work while they’re still in high school and earn college credit and placement.

International Baccalaureate Program (IB) courses enable you to earn credit or advanced standing at Texas colleges and universities.