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For local education links and resources, visit the Community Resources Guide.
Financial Aid Links

American Student Assistance: College Planning: Designed to help young people and adults plan for college and find sources of financial aid .

American Indian College Fund: Scholarship information aimed specifically at Native Americans, while also including contact information, career center help, tribal colleges, donor information, and more.

Compendium of Texas Colleges & Financial Aid Calendar: Online version of the booklet published by the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation containing a list of colleges and universities in Texas.

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid): Access the online application to connect students to federal student aid to help when paying for higher education.

FastWeb: Offers a large scholarship search. Students can create a free account and be connected with scholarships to apply for, deadlines for submissions, tracking of scholarships, and more.

FinAid: Find different types of financial aid and learn how each of them work. Also learn about savings, military aid, find answers to general questions, and more.

Financial Aid Toolkit: Provides federal student aid information and outreach tools for counselors, college access professionals, nonprofit mentors, and others.

GoodCall Scholarship Search Engine
Access a wealth of availble scholarships for free with no account, or signup for a free account to track scholarships, deadline, and submissions.

U.S. Department of Education's Office of Post Secondary Education: Discover information on financial aid including student loans, grants, laws, data, and how to find the information you need across a number of topics.


Home Schooling Links

ADPRIMA: Offers home schoolers with links and information to resources for home schooling including information for new teachers, lesson planning, teaching methods, curriculums, and more.

Big Country Home Educators: The Big Country's home school coalition designed to provide information on the organization itself, home school laws, and some links to home schooling materials publishers.

The Home School Mom: A guide to the best home school resources available online containing over 1,500 pages of resources for new and veteran home schoolers alike with many downloads. Find information on Home School 101, high school and beyond, help by subject areas, free stuff, and more.

Home School World: From the editors of "Practical Homeschooling" magazine, this site offers links to articles, organizations, and events. A great resource for the home schooling community offering information on resources, curriculums, accredited online curriculums, news, freebies, and more.

Texas Home School Coalition: A nonprofit offering support to home schoolers in Texas. This organization has a Christian foundation. It will not provide for information for the curriculum seeker, but will offer a directory of other home school organizations in Texas.


Institutions & Agencies Links

American Universities: Established by the University of Florida, this page provides links to American Universities granting bachelor or advanced degrees and offering a page for each university.

Apply Texas: Learn how to apply for admission to Texas colleges online in a site offering a centralized means to apply for many institutions in Texas.

Campus Tours: Offering virtual tours and campus maps utilized by more than 7 million students and prospective students. For represented campuses, you will find maps, virtual tours, and walking tours.

College for Texans
: A complete guide to everything a Texan needs to know about preparing for, applying for, and paying for college or technical school.

College and University Rankings: Hosted by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, this site offers links to ranking services and a discussion of rankings and their validity.

CollegeNET: Offers you a chance to search for 2-year and 4-year colleges by name or state, graduate programs, vocational and technical schools, and more.

National Public School and School District Locator: Search for schools and school districts across the country. If your search does not list the school or district you're hoping for, read the Search Tips for more help.

Online College Database: Provides accurate information to ease the decision making process for post-secondary education for high school students, college students, and adult learners.

Texas Education Agency: Provides access to education law, school data, curriculum and assessment, educational programs, accountability and accreditation, and school finance and grant information.

Texas State Teachers Association: Offers information about the association, tips for parents, and advocacy information.


Online Learning Links

American Distance Education Consortium: A nonprofit distance education consortium composed of approximately 65 state universities and land-grand colleges.

Coursera: Offers free courses through well-respected universities such as Duke, Princeton, and Stanford. Areas includes education, humanities, sciences, and more.

Freenet: Connects users with online free courses on lots of topics including a top ten list of programs, GED & College Prep, math help, and more.

Khan Academy: A nonprofit organization with the goal of providing a free world class education to anyone.


Other/Miscellaneous Links

Digital Classroom: Presented from the National Archives and Records Administration to provide teachers with national documents, research, and more.

Indicators of School Crime and Safety, 2013-NCES: Presents data on crime at school from the perspectives of students, teachers, principals, and the general population. This is a joint effort by the Bureau of Justice Statistics and the National Center for Education Statistics.

Literacy Information and Communication System: A national leadership initiative of the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, to expand evidence-based practice in the field of adult education.

Peterson's Education and Career Center: Connects prospective students with the leading information on resources for those interested in applying for college, graduate school, online schools, and information for international students.

School Choices: Presents the viewpoint that free educational markets produce a better quality of educational experiences.


Resources for Parents & Educators Links

Exworthy Educational Links: Provides basic educational links for teachers, parents, and students.

Federal Resources for Education: FREE makes it easier to find digital teaching and learning resources created and maintained by the federal government and public/private organizations.

LiteracyLink: Create a free account and access information for underserved and hard-to-reach adults and their teachers all the way to quality adult basic education and GED preparation tools.

OSERS: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services: An agency that supports programs that assist in educating children with special needs while also providing for the rehabilitation of youth and adults with disabilities.

Region 14 Service Center: Offers access to Abilene's Educational Service Center comprised of 43 school districts serving approximately 50,000 students in 13 counties.

School Psychology Resources Online: Offers information to research learning disabilities, ADHD, functional behavioral assessment, autism, adolescence, parenting, psychological assessment, special education, mental retardation, mental health, and more.

SERI: Special Education Resources on the Internet: Offers a collection of Internet accessible information resources of interest to those involved in the fields of Special Education.


Standardized Test Links

4Tests: Provides practice tests for all of the major standardized tests including the SAT, ACT, GED, LSAT, and more. It also includes practice tests and information for some professional licensing exams.

ETS: Educational Testing Service Network: Connects you with standardized tests, practice questions, college searches, and more

General Education Development (GED) Testing Service: Provides information and links for those interested in taking the GED.

Kaplan Educational Centers: Includes information about tests like the GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, and GRE. Information is included on college entrance exams, but you'll find even more for graduate school entrance exams.

THEA: Find information on the Texas Higher Education Assessment entrance exam for colleges including registration, preparing for the exam, frequently asked questions, getting your results, and more.

TExES/ExCET: Locate information on the Texas Examinations of Educator Standards and the Examination for the Certification of Educators in Texas. You'll find information about the program and services, registration bulletin, and more, as well as study guides and preparation manuals.

Varsity Tutors: Offers free practice tests for the GED, SAT, and other popular standardized test and featured on Forbes, NBC, the Huffington Post, Fox, USA Today, and CBS.