All SENIORS need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, FAFSA, The FAFSA opens up on October 1st.  Your AVID 4 facilitator will be working with your students to assist them on the completion of the application.  Aditionally all students must provide proof into Naviance that they have completed (or opted out of) the FAFSA. Students can qualify for grants, loans, work study opportunities, and many scholarships using the FAFSA.  More information is available at the website below.
    http://www.fafsa.ed.gov Has online forms and filing with information about FAFSA

    Students Gateway to the Government

    The Student Guide
    http://studentaid.ed.gov/students/publications/student_guide/index.html A comprehensive resource on student financial aid from the U.S. Department of Education. Updated each award year, The Student Guide tells you about the programs and how to apply for them. Paper copies are available in the college room and in the counselor's office with the FAFSA Application forms.

    Managing College Cost


    Managing College Cost is a great website for parents, students, and educators.  It is free and created by a high school counselor who felt he had to do something for parents after he had his own trouble working the “system” to get his own kids in college.  He felt that if he had trouble with his background, he had to do something for parents who were not college educated or educators.

    Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation
    http://www.tgslc.org/ Private, non-profit corporation designated to administer the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP).

    http://www.finaid.org (The SmartStudent's Guide to Financial Aid), was established in the fall of 1994 as a public service. This award-winning site has grown into the most comprehensive annotated collection of information about student financial aid on the web.

    http://www.fastweb.com (Financial Aid Search through the Web) is a searchable database of more than 275,000 private sector scholarships, fellowships, grants, and loans from more than 10,000 sources worth more than $775 million. It has a facility to notify you by e-mail when new scholarships meeting your qualifications come available.

    Scholarship Resource Network Express
    http://www.srnexpress.com/ Contains a database of over 8,000 programs with a distribution level of over 150,000 awards for undergraduate and postgraduate students worth a total of more than $35 million! This database also includes student loan forgiveness programs for those who have graduated from college and need alternatives for repayment.

    Scholarship Coach:
    http://www.scholarshipcoach.com 'I'm your virtual Scholarship Coach! As you use this site, my goal is to help you find and win college cash. So are you ready? The road to scholarship success begins now. By Ben Kaplan author of "How to go to College for Free". Turn up your sound, it talks to you!

    Colleges, College Scholarships, and Financial Aid

    College Aid Calculator
    http://www.adventuresineducation.org/cac/cac72C142start.html Plan and estimate your share of college costs.

    International Financial Aid Finder and Study Abroad Resource Center