Preparation for a future in a world that is fast paced and technologically advancing at an unprecedented rate requires a skill set that can be used in multiple settings for many purposes. The development of these skills can be practiced and reinforced from a very young age. The extent to which one is college, career, and life ready will predict the potential for success in the 21st century.
Austin ISD partners with the Naviance program for College & Career planning in grades 9-12. 4 year graduation plans and course sequences are available through the Family Connections portal.
College Readiness Checklists
Explore Career Opportunities
Explore opportunities based on your interests and work values, match characteristics of your current or most recent occupation with similar occupations, and find specific information such as the fastest growing jobs, levels of education and training requirements, and average salaries.
Find a major, explore a career: https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/explore-careers
ACT Find a Major: http://www.actstudent.org/career/majors.html
You Can Go! http://youcango.collegeboard.org/
Achieve Texas: http://www.achievetexas.org
Get Inspired! GenTX
Evaluate Expenses Against Careers
Estimate how much money you need for housing, utilities, transportation, clothes, health care, entertainment and other expenses, and see which careers will pay for these needs.
Find and Compare Colleges & Universities
College Scorecard (U.S. Department of Education) will help you find and compare college and university programs and costs, as well as compare types of possible financial aid.
- Apply Texas: www.applytexas.org
- Common Application: www.commonapp.org
- Adventures in Education: http://www.aie.org/
- NACAC - Breaking Down the Admission Process
College Readiness & TSI (Texas Success Initiative)
The TSI is designed to measure college readiness skills in the areas of reading, writing and math. If you are student planning to enroll in college level coursework, you may need to take the TSI exam. Some students are EXEMPT from the TSI exam, provided they meet specific criteria. For more information about the TSI, visit: http://media.collegeboard.com/digitalServices/pdf/accuplacer/accuplacer-texas-success-initiative-assessment-student-brochure.pdf Campus College & Career Centers will have TSI test dates/information.
College Reality Check
Evaluate the investment you plan to make toward your college education to possible degrees and career and life outcomes.
Interactive parent/student guide to filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid:http://www.bestcolleges.com/financial-aid/fafsa/
Families often wonder if they will qualify for grants, institutional aide, and/or work study. Sumbit the Free Application for Federal Student Aide www.fafsa.gov.
- Applying for Financial Aid in 7 Easy Steps
- Ted Ed Talks
- Paying for College
- College For All Texans
Compare your financial aid packages:
Educational Savings Plans & Calculators:
A comprehensive list of scholarships for Austin ISD students can be found in the Naviance Family Connections portal.
- Fast Web
- Hispanic Scholarship Fund
- Student Award Search Aid
- CAPPEX - College Search Made Simple
- Find Tuition
- Latino College Dollars
- Quest Bridge
- Scholarship Experts
- Zinch - College Match / Scholarships
- Financial Aid News
- School Soup