College Applications

Texas Common Application - ApplyTexas was created through a collaborative effort between the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the colleges and universities represented on the site. The goal of the project is to offer a centralized means for both Texas and non-Texas students to apply to the many outstanding postsecondary institutions available in Texas.

The Common Application - The Common Application currently provides both online and print versions of its First-year and Transfer Applications. Nearly 400 institutions are members and represent the full range of higher education institutions in the US: public and private, large and small, highly selective and modestly selective, and East Coast, West Coast, and every region in between.

HBCU Common Application - EDU, Inc. was developed to augment the recruitment efforts of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and to increase the number of educational opportunities for students nationwide. Complete the EDU, Inc. online application and have it delivered to 34 HBCU Member Institutions for $35.

College Search

The College Board
The College Board offers a variety of tools and resources to help you prepare and plan for college. Use the College MatchMaker to generate a list of colleges that match your preferences. Create and manage your personal list of colleges with My Organizer. Get ready for the SAT by taking an official, free practice test.

CampusCompare is a free, comprehensive online resource for college-bound students searching for the school that is right for them. The website offers data on a range of topics—including academics, campus life, athletics, college trends, financial aid, scholarships and more—for more than 3,000 colleges and universities. Search, compare and connect with schools in one all-inclusive site that features a number of fun and interactive tools.

College Grazing
College Grazing offers free, interactive self-discovery surveys to help you identify your college needs and desires. Based on the premise that self-awareness leads to better college decisions, College Grazing offers immediate feedback about your college preferences, readiness, characteristics and much more.

My College Options
My College Options is a free service that provides students with the opportunity to create a personal online college and career planning profile. Students can match their individual needs, talents, abilities, goals and interests with the offerings of more than 3,500 accredited post-secondary institutions across the United States.

Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities
HACU represents more than 390 colleges and universities committed to Hispanic higher education success in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Latin America and Spain.

College Testing

Includes information about registering for the ACT, test prep, financial need estimator, and tips on college and career planning.

Get ready for the SAT by taking an official, free practice test.

The Number2
The website offers students access to comprehensive free online test preparation courses for the SAT, ACT, and GRE.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Free Application for Federal Student Aid
FAFSA - Apply for federal financial aid online.

College For All Texans
Students ineligible for federal financial aid, but who qualify for state residency under House Bill 1403/Senate Bill 1528 are eligible to apply for state financial aid. To apply for state aid, you must first find out if the school that you are/will be attending accepts the Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA). There is also a TASFA Spanish application.

Austin ISD Scholarships through Naviance

Your Student's Naviance Family Connection page allows students and parents to:

  • Communicate with Guidance and College Counselors via email
  • Sign up to attend college presentations at your high school under "visit schedule GPA & Rank as well as test scores are updated regularly
  • Complete important surveys and websites through Family Connection
  • Research postsecondary options from college & career, to work & volunteering
  • College Search and College Compare are great tools for students and families, they can help you select the colleges you are interested in applying to.
  • Use Scattergrams to help categorize reach, target, and safety schools.
  • Search scholarships and scholarship application links.
  • Visit the Financial Aid website and get help

ScholarshipExperts employs a professional staff of data researchers to maintain an up-to-date database of over 2.4 million scholarships worth more than $14.7 billion.