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Colleges and Scholarships Pathfinder

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College & Scholarship Search Sites



Remember that website addresses change frequently and without notice. 

If these are inaccurate, please give updated address to Librarian. Thanks!




*** All this financial aid information is FREE.***


You should NEVER have to PAY for scholarship information.



1000+ College Admissions Essay Samples





American Graduate 

Provides a variety of resources aimed at assisting students in graduating





Apply Texas 

Apply for admission to any Texas public university, as well as to participating community and private colleges

Copy a submitted application to another institution




FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

Even though you might not qualify for federal grant money (money you do not have to pay back), you still need to apply for FAFSA to be eligible for get low interest student loans.



Financial Aid Tool Kit




Financial Aid Shopping Sheet




College Scoreboard

Gives general information about US colleges and universities, including average cost per year and graduation rate.



Big Future

Gives general information about US colleges and universities, including average cost per year and graduation rate.


Compare three colleges side by side


Find information for a specific college (After typing in the college of interest and clicking "Go", you can click on the "Paying" tab to get a breakdown of the estimated yearly cost to attend



Loan Specifics




The College Board has links for SAT, PSAT, ACT, TSI (formerly known as Accuplacer) review, college matchmaker, scholarship searches and more.



Khan Academy Courses and Test Prep


To view the courses and test prep help selections click on the Courses tab at the top of website page                                                              




ACT Test Prep





Note concerning the four above:  If you click on a test and look under the "Test Information" section, there will be a tab for viewing all questions for that set of tests.  (Every 15 questions represents the next test).  When you click on a specific question, the answer and 

an explanation for that test question will be given.





SAT registration & information


Earn a $1,000 scholarship by practicing for the SAT



SAT Online Practice Tests



Khan Academy SAT Prep



Real SAT Tests Download



Provides several practice tests for individual sections






ASVAB practice tests and information, through Military.com 





CLEP Overview

Test CLEP Subject Areas.pdf


CLEP (College-Level Examination Program) receive college credit by exam


CLEP offers 33 exams in five subject areas, covering material taught in courses that you may generally take in your first two years of college.By passing a CLEP exam, you can earn 3 to 12 college credits. Exams cost approximately $87.



CLEP Benefits



The link below can be used to find out which CLEP tests individual colleges except and how much credit will be given for individual test:


Note: The amount of credit given for an individual CLEP test can differ from college to college.  Also, if you are going to transfer from a junior college to a

         university, check to make sure that the credit(s) received for CLEP tests taken at a junior college will transfer to the university.

CLEP Brochure



CLEP Testing Info. for Kilgore College 

(Scroll down the page until you see the section for CLEP)



CLEP Tests Practice


On main screen, click on "Course Catalog"

On the "Course Catalog" screen, scroll down until you start seeing AP classes prep     



AP (Advanced Placement)


AP Exams Prep



AP Online Practice Tests




On main screen, click on "Course Catalog"

On the "Course Catalog" screen, scroll down until you start seeing AP classes prep     



To see which courses off AP practice, click on the "Courses" tab.  Create a free account to keep up with course(s) progress.




GED (General Equivalency Diploma)



GED Practice Tests







TSI Exemption Information




For the link below, refer only to the information from the chart (the other information is college specific):



(Note: The STAAR EOC exemption requirements are not applicable to Gilmer students due to the tests (indicated) not being given on the campus.)






TSI Practice



Answers and explanations are given after each question.



Answers are given at the end of the document.



After clicking on the link above, click TSI Practice Test

On the screen that appears, you can choose to take a reading, math, or writing practice test. 

The answers (for each test above) will be given at the end of each test.

The links below provide guided practice tests (using video) for reading, math and writing: 






Practice Quizzes - 5 Math, 5 Reading, and 4 Writing

Answers and explanations are given at the end of each quiz.





Scroll down to the bottom of the page to find practice by subject areas and subtopics.


Algebra I

From TestPrepReview.com - Algebra I

At the end of the practice questions, a break down is given for the categories of questions that are on the test and how many questions will be under each category.


Printable High School Geometry Math Posters






“The SmartStudent™ Guide to Financial Aid” is a comprehensive site with information on loans, scholarships and savings plans. Look for “Maximizing your aid eligibility” and interactive calculators.



2019 College Rankings - Niche




2019 Best Value Colleges in America _ Niche


(Searches can be customized by using the filters along the left side of the screen.)



2014 College Career Guide




Ten Step College Guides




College and Career Readiness Resource Center




How to Build Good Credit in College




Fifteen Majors with Highest Starting Salaries

Payscale, the creator of the world's largest compensation database, recently looked at the starting pay for millions of professionals and sorted the results by college major. Salary potential shouldn't be the sole thing that attracts you to a major in college; things like passion, interest, and aptitude should also be considered. But it's still nice to know which degrees pay off the fastest. (2-24-15)




Ten Best U. S. Cities for Engineering Jobs as of 11-20-15




 25 Highest Paying Jobs with the Most Openings as of 3-01-15





Search by major, state, region and/or school type through CollegeView to find the college that’s right for you. Career center, financial aid, virtual advisor and campus multi-media tours.



Explore college programs, find scholarships, ask Gen & Kelly questions at SuperCollege. Use our free Recruitment Service to help colleges find you.” Some pop-ups. 


Embark is a gateway for exploring colleges, online applications, and more.



Try EdSoup's college matching service.



Also, try the GHS Library pathfinder for Career information.


Tips for applying for scholarships:

1) Make sure that you apply for the scholarship by its deadline.

2) Check the scholarship's requirements carefully. (For example, if a scholarship you are considering applying for is for someone majoring in math and you are majoring in English, then you would not apply for that scholarship. Also, look and see how much time it will take to complete the scholarship.  If it will take you more time to complete it than you have to invest (or want to invest), find some that you feel comfortable completing.

3) For scholarships that require essays, make sure before you submit the essays that you have at least two people read over each one (preferably, one being your English teacher).  Then, make corrections and have the two people (or two other people) read over them again and make your final corrections. It is very important that essays are well written!

4)  When filling out applications for scholarships CAPITALIZE PROPER NOUNS!


More Tips and Strategies for applying for scholarships:




The Best Scholarship Search Platforms



FastWeb is good for finding schools with different majors, certain size, geographic location, etc. Also matches student profiles to database of 60,000 scholarships. Can alert student to application deadlines or new scholarships by e-mail. Some pop-ups.


Scholarships.com includes access to scholarships, ability to sort by deadline or amount, customized request letters, and notification of new scholarships. Scroll down to the bottom of it's screen to see a variety of topics that it has information on. Click on a topic to pull up it's information. (After the information comes up, look on the left side to see subtopics.)


Professor E.A. Rogers Award provides a full tuition scholarship to the prestigious Junior Statesmen Summer School. The program is offered each year at Yale, Princeton, Stanford, and Georgetown universities. One full scholarship and twenty partial scholarships will be awarded to high school students (all grade levels) interested in history, politics, and leadership.






Fun and Unique Scholarships for High School Students



Scholarships for Underrepresented Students – Many of these 25 scholarships are for students who will be the first to graduate in their family.



Scholarships by Grade Levels:

For Seniors:


For Juniors:




No Essay scholarships for High School Seniors


https://colleges.niche.com/scholarship/apply.aspx?source=discus (Can enter monthly for this scholarship)


College Xpress - A free resource for finding colleges and scholarships


Note: To search for colleges in Texas - Click on the "College Search" tab on the website or http://www.collegexpress.com/college/search/

On the left side (under State), find "Texas" and click on "Search" at the bottom.


Register at https://www.collegexpress.com/reg/signup to be eligible for a $10,000 Scholarship if you will be attending one of the colleges listed on the following

link:  http://www.collegexpress.com/college/profiles/-featured/#




The Cappex Easy College Money Scholarship

Amount: $1000 - Applicants must be currently enrolled in high school or college, or plan to enroll within the next 12 months. A short explanation regarding why you deserve the scholarship and a Cappex profile are required in order to apply. Six are given out monthly. Application Deadline: the last day of each month.








































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