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Last updated March 1, 2021

Planning for college doesn't have to be scary. These great resources can help you navigate the college application process even if you're the first in your family to go!

How to prepare for college

We want to help you get ready for college. These tips will help you figure out where to start in your college planning. It is a great overview of the many steps you will have to take starting from meeting with your counselor to taking college admissions tests to completing your college application. 

Apply to college without a computer

All colleges and universities want you to complete your applications online. What do you do if you don’t have a computer at home to work on your application?  Here are few ideas!

You have college choice options

There are so many options for college – opportunities abound! How do you pick your dream school? We give you an overview of the many types of college that are available. There is a perfect type of school for you no matter what your future career plans are!

College application requirements tracker

Being able to keep track of all the parts of your college application for each school can be challenging.  This handy tracker will help you stay organized as you complete your college applications.

Frequently asked questions about college applications

We asked what your top college application questions were and many of you have similar concerns about how this whole process works. We hear you! Applying to college can be overwhelming, especially if you have no idea where to begin. You can start here! We thought it would be helpful to round up  your most commonly asked application questions and answer them for you.

Take advantage of the new FAFSA App

Have you heard?  FAFSA got an app! It's a convenient new way to get your FAFSA completed right on your phone! 

Top Scholarships for Hispanic Students

Each year, millions of dollars in college aid are available in the form of scholarships and grants.  This list highlights some of the best scholarships for Latinx students.

Scholarships For DACA-mented/Undocumented Students

Finding money to pay for college can be tricky for undocumented students. Undocumented students do not qualify for federal aid. Only a handful of states offer state grants to undocumented students. There are scholarships, though, for undocumented students.

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