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Updated 2/27/15


Academic Info

AcademicInfo is an online education resource center which aims to cover all aspects of online and distance education. From Accreditation, Test Preparation to guides on respective subject areas, AcademicInfo will also provide current and aspiring students with a myriad of degrees and courses for those looking to enhance their professional credentials as well as those seeking personal development. Our mission is to provide free, independent and accurate information and resources.


American School Directory: The Internet Gateway to All 108,000 K-12 Schools
Self Description: "Use our fast search engine to find your school's fully interactive ASD Web Site. More than 70,000 school sites are loaded with pictures, art, calendars, menus, local links, & notes from students, parents & alumni." A really good site. Also try the National Public School and School District Locator listed below.

American Universities
Hosted by University of Florida, College of Liberal Arts and Science, the description states "As home pages are found for American Universities granting bachelor or advanced degrees, they are added here, one page per university." Includes links to pages hosting lists of international universities.

Apply Texas
Apply for admission to Texas colleges online.

Campus Tours
Free virtual tours of many schools across the U.S.

College and University Rankings
Hosted by The Education and Social Science Library of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, this site offers links to ranking services and a discussion of rankings and their validity. Links to sites that rank undergraduate and general universities, graduate and research programs, business and law schools as well as international programs and universities. Self description: "The purpose of the rankings site is to draw together and provide context to various online sources of information on the ranking of institutions of higher education. We try to only provide links to stable sites offering original information. These sites rank colleges with criteria ranging from the academic to the spiritual. Some are serious, while others are intended more for entertainment. Since not all ranking services have the same goal, recognizing the criteria and methodology used by any individual ranking service is a key step in ensuring it is used properly."

College for All Texans

"...everything a Texan needs to know about preparing for, applying for, and paying for college or technical school."

CollegeNET Home Page
This is a really neat page. Search for 2 and 4 year colleges by name or state, graduate programs, vocational and technical schools and more. Once you've found your school(s), link to information about entrance requirements, the school's official Web site, and information on campus life. The site also offers scholarship searches and, occasionally, the ability to apply to a college online. Well organized, and easily searched. Limited to US schools.

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

Online College Database
This database sets out to simply provide accurate information to ease the decision making process for post-secondary education for high school students, college students and adult learners.


American Student Assistance: College Planning
"The American Student Assistance College Planning team helps young people and adults from all backgrounds plan for college and find sources of financial aid through  school-based programs located in libraries and community agencies."

American Indian College Fund
Aimed specifically at Native Americans.

Compendium of Texas Colleges & Financial Aid Calendar

This is the online version of a booklet published by the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation.  It contains a list of colleges and universities in the State of Texas, admission requirements, total expenses for an academic year, financial aid data and related information, helpful hints to the college bound, together with a Calendar of various scholarship deadlines arranged by months. It is presented as an aid mainly to senior high school students. The list does not include graduate/professional schools, private specialized, or private technical schools.

FAFSA on the Web
Find out about Free Application for Federal Aid and fill out an online application. Related Sites: Title IV School Codes, Help Completing the FAFSA, The Student Guide: Financial Aid from the U.S. Department of Education

Internet's "largest" scholarship search. You need to set up an account to enter, but there is no fee ... initially. There is the possibility that if you don't accept their mailings, then a fee might be assessed. This is an advertising supported page (or so it seems) and you'll be hit be all the ads. The reviewer was unsuccessful in finding scholarships based on a "quick" registration -- lack of results could be due to the lack of personal data provided. It is a popular site, if untried by APL staff.

A really neat page that offers information on different types of financial aid. Partnered with fastWEB, this site offers a link to the fastWEB search page as well as links to other financial aid search pages. A good starting page if you're new to the financial aid arena and need to know how loans work or what a scholarship is. Also offers information on common scams, financial calculators and more.

Financial Aid Toolkit
This site provides federal student aid information and outreach tools for counselors, college access professionals, nonprofit mentors, and others. It consolidates financial aid resources into a searchable online database, making it easy for individuals to quickly access the information they need to support their students.

Strategies for Scholarship Searching
Created by Spokane Public Library, this page offers links and tips for financial aid seekers. They offer practical tips and links to more information. A good place to visit before you start applying.

U.S. Department of Education's Office of Post Secondary Education
Lots of great information about financial aid.

STANDARDIZATION TESTS - "Your Free, Online Practice Test Site"

This site provides practice tests for all of the major standardized tests, including SAT, ACT, GED, LSAT and more.  It also includes practice tests and information for some professional licensing exams, including IT exams.

ETS: Educational Testing Service Network
Standardized tests, practice questions, college searches, and more.

General Educational Development (GED) Testing Service
All sorts of great information and links about the GED.

Kaplan Educational Centers
Includes information about tests like GMAT, LSAT, MCAT and GRE.

Information on THEA testing, registration bulletins, and a practice test.

Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES) and Examination for the Certification of Educators in Texas (ExCET) homepage. Information about the program and services, registration bulletin and more Also includes ExCET study guides and preparation manuals and TExES preparation manuals.

Varsity Tutors
Free practice tests for the GED, SAT, and other popular standardized tests.


Education Index

Education Statistics
Current education statistics, from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

ERIC - Educational Resources Information Center (National Library of Education)


Texas Education Agency
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.


Lesson plans and other curriculum resources
See association/agency pages (e.g., Texas Education Agency) and our other subject guides (e.g., for math resources or lesson plans, try the Math Web Guide page).

Learning Disabilities
For information on Learning Disabilities, see the Learning Disabilities section on the Health and Medicine Web Guide page.

Region 14 Service Center
Abilene's Educational Service Center.

Exworthy Educational Links
Educational Links for Teachers, Parents and Students.

Federal Resources for Education
F.R.E.E. government education resources.


"provides a link for underserved and hard-to-reach adults and their teachers to quality adult basic education and GED preparation tools using technology. Combining video, the Internet, and print materials, LiteracyLink programs are relevant to the needs of the individual learner, adult instructional programs, and the workforce."

OSERS: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
"The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) supports programs that assist in educating children with special needs, provides for the rehabilitation of youth and adults with disabilities, and supports research to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities."

School Psychology Resources Online
"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
"Special Education Resources on the Internet (SERI) is a collection of Internet accessible information resources of interest to those involved in the fields related to Special Education. This collection exists in order to make on-line Special Education resources more easily and readily available in one location. This site will continually modify, update, and add additional informative links."


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

Home School World
From the editors of Practical Homeschooling magazine, this site offers links to articles, organizations, and events.

Home Schooling Information and Resource Pages
"On this website you'll find homeschooling news and information, support and encouragement, thoughtful writings and helpful resources for your family's homeschool adventure!" Great links to resources.

Texas Home School Coalition
THSC is a non-profit offering support to home schoolers in Texas. This organization has a Christian foundation. The site does not provide for the curriculum seeker, but does offer a directory of other home school organizations in Texas.


Lesson plans and other curriculum resources
See association/agency pages (e.g., Texas Education Agency) and our other subject guides (e.g., for math resources or lesson plans, try the Math Web Guide page).

Learning Disabilities
For information on Learning Disabilities, see the Learning Disabilities section on the Health and Medicine Web Guide page.

Digital Classroom
From National Archives and Records Administration. Teaching with national documents, conducting 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. A joint effort by the Bureau of Justice Statistics and National Center for Education Statistics, the report examines crime occurring in school as well as on the way to and from school. It provides the most current detailed statistical information to inform the Nation on the nature of crime in schools."

National Institute for Literacy

Peterson's Education and Career Center

School Choices
Presents the viewpoint that free educational markets produce a better quality educational experience.


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