Counselor's Corner

FAFSA Presentations

https://texasoncourse.org/   &    https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/resources#videos-and-images

College Entrance Exams

PSAT/SAT         ASPIRE/ACT          TSI       ASVAB

On July 27, 2017, the full Board approved the proposed rule change to update the college readiness benchmark for writing. The newly approved benchmark is as follows:

  • a placement score of at least 340, and an essay score of at least a 4; or
  • a placement score of less than 340, and an ABE Diagnostic level of at least 4, and an essay score of at least 5

The TSI-status of all students enrolled as of Fall 2017 should reflect the new TSIA writing college readiness benchmarks. See the Web page.

Higher Education

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

Texas OnCourse 

60x30TX Challenge to Reach Higher

Generation Texas – 

If you haven’t been to TexasGEARUP.com in a while, now’s the perfect time to check out the newest college-and-career videos on the Student Hub, TEKS-aligned lesson plans in the Educator Toolbox, and Parent Spot videos and guides

To make things simple for sharing, I’ve bulleted each of new—as well as some of our favorite—TXGU resources below.

 Student Hub Resources

 Educator Toolbox Resources

lesson plan topics: setting GPA goals, social media presence, choosing a college major

lesson plan topics: building awareness for post-secondary options, primer on interest, smart borrowing

            lesson plan topics: visiting universities, affordable Ivy League schools, building a campus support system

 Parent Spot Resources (all available in English & Spanish)