What To Use
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is quite possibly the best tool for students and parents/guardians looking for important data regarding the colleges and universities on their prospectives list. Still, it is not perfect. College Navigator organizes thousands of colleges and universities according to a diverse set of metrics, providing a large amount of institutional detail in one location. The National Association of College Admissions Counselors has provided a short tutorial for those unfamiliar with how to use the NCES site.
Click Here for College Navigator.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. FAFSA is the key to many forms of student aid including $150 billion administered by the U.S. Department of Education, college and university need-based aid, local community-based scholarships, and work-study, to name a few. Students file the FAFSA, which opens January 1st of each year, for the following school year. Students may file using their previous year’s tax information and amend their application after their taxes are filed.
Click Here for FAFSA.
The CSS Profile is used to determine need-based financial aid at many private colleges and universities. Students should check with the colleges and universities on their list for the CSS deadline, which is usually considerably earlier than the FAFSA deadline. It is not unusual for the CSS deadline to be as early as October 15th of the senior year of high school. Unlike the FAFSA form, which is free, the CSS costs money for every submission.
Click Here for CSS Profile.
Students use this application to apply to more than 400 colleges and universities across the United States. This single application is used for students seeking admission to both private and public institutions as an undergraduate student. The application closes each year in mid-July for updates and re-opens on August 1st.
Click Here for Common App.
Students use this application to apply to all public and many private colleges and universities in the state of Texas. This single application site is used for students, both resident and non-resident, applying to junior college, undergraduate, and graduate school. The application opens August 1st of each year.
Click Here for Apply Texas.