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    The work you are doing now will lay the foundation for your future. To learn more about how AVID can help you succeed, please contact the AVID Coordinator at your school. If your school does not have AVID, please contact us directly to learn more. 

    Here are some resources and helpful links to use on your road to college and career success.



    Here’s what you can do before, during, and after a test to manage your anxiety.

    Complex assignments can be broken down into manageable chunks. Plan your tasks using backwards mapping and track your progress.

    Learn how you spend your time. Once you know where your time goes, you can decide how to change your schedule to better meet your goals.

    Organization is a key part of academic success. Review this organizational tool assessment to better understand how to organize your school supplies and work.



    Keep track of the volunteer and community service work you do each year. This makes it easy to remember when it’s time to fill out college and scholarship applications. 

    The College Board’s Big Future is a free, comprehensive resource that helps both students and parents to make college planning easier.

    College Week Live hosts free virtual college fairs and information sessions to help you learn more about different colleges and receive expert advice on admissions and paying for college.

    College Greenlight is a free service for first-generation and underrepresented students to find caring colleges, scholarship opportunities, and mentors.

    Boost your college knowledge with these important financial aid terms.

    There’s a lot of misinformation around paying for college. Learn what’s true and what’s false.

    FSA gives students the information they need to learn about financial aid and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). FSA also provides in depth resources on college and financial aid in both English and Spanish. Here's a great 15 minute FAFSA overview podcast


    www.collegeispossible.com Preparing, paying, choosing the right college
    www.collegenet.com Guide to colleges, universities, financial aid
    www.diversityabroad.com International education opportunities
    www.educationplanner.org AES free college planning site
    www.infoplease.com/edu/highered Apply for college, scholarships, financial aid
    www.knowhow2go.org College prep for middle and high school
    nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator Federal resource to research schools
    www.theclic.net Manage your college experience on one page
    www.unigo.com Find, review, and explore America's colleges
    www.xap.com College advice, admission applications

    Financial Aid & Scholarships


    www.fastweb.com Search for scholarships
    www.finaid.org Guide to financial aid
    www.hsf.net Hispanic scholarship fund
    www.icanaffordcollege.com I can afford college
    www.salliemae.com Plan, find student loans, apply online
    www.scholarships.com Scholarship search engine
    www.simpletuition.com Search and compare student loans
    www.studentaid.ed.gov Free info from the U.S. Department of Education


    FAFSA Help:  Quick Links

    Here's where to apply for the FAFSA.

    Here's where to get your FSA ID.

    Wyatt, a free chatbot, will help guide you through the FAFSA.

    If you need to appeal a financial aid offer, Swift Student can help you draft a letter to the college you want to attend.



    Career Village gives students access to career information and advice from professionals across the country. You can crowdsource your questions and become more career-ready.

    Interested in a career in law enforcement? Check out this resource:  How to Become a Police Officer.



    The AVID Alumni Advocacy Group (AAAG) is for AVID alumni who are already launched into college or their careers to raise awareness of AVID in their communities and impact current AVID student success. Complete the AVID Alumni Contact Form to join! If you have any questions, contact us at alumni@avid.org.



    Make networking with other AVID alums easy by joining our AVID Alumni Facebook and LinkedIn Groups.






    Student website for the ACT exam.  Site features registration information, practice questions, and college and career planning.



    Information regarding the SAT exam: registration, scores, preparatory exams

    Vocabulary Building

    100 Words That All High School Graduates -And Their Parents-Should Know

    The editors of the American Heritage® dictionaries have compiled a list of 100 words they recommend every high school graduate should know.

    "The words we suggest," says senior editor Steven Kleinedler, "are not meant to be exhaustive but are a benchmark against which graduates and their parents can measure themselves. If you are able to use these words correctly, you are likely to have a superior command of the language."



    Middle School 

    Missouri Career Education-Rock Your World Interest Profiler

    Career Exploration Tool

    Career Clusters

    High School 

    Personal Plan of Study

    Career Clusters



    Colleges with free or reduced application fees
    This document will provide you with an extensive list of colleges and universities with no or reduced rate application fees.  

    College Navigator  

    College Navigator is an interactive website that provides detailed information about different institutions, including programs and majors, admissions considerations and more.
    College Scorecards in the U.S. Department of Education’s College Affordability and Transparency Center make it easier for you to search for a college that is a good fit for you. You can use the College Scorecard to find out more about a college’s affordability and value so you can make more informed decisions about which college to attend.
    To start, enter the name of a college of interest to you or select factors that are important in your college search. You can find scorecards for colleges based on factors such as programs or majors offered, location, and enrollment size.
    Campus Tours
    View official virtual campus tours of more than 850 colleges and universities. 
    Campus Visit Checklist




    Free Application for Federal Student Aid
    This site will help you complete the application needed to receive financial assistance for college.



    Comprehensive site dedicated to providing objective guidance on financial aid to students and parents.

     Financial Aid Shopping Sheet

    Many colleges and universities have adapted a shopping sheet that provides personalized information on financial aid and net costs as well as general information on institutional outcomes — all in a standardized format. This tool provides an easy way to make clear comparisons among financial aid offers from different schools.

     Net Price Calculator Center


    The Net Price Calculator Center provides an easy tool to allow students and families to enter information about themselves and find out the net price of any given college- that is, the price after subtracting the scholarships and grants a student are likely to receive.

    Affordable Colleges Online


    This guidebook shows students and their families that although the cost of higher education is constantly rising, there are ways to go to school without borrowing money. 



    Navigate the financial aid process and make informed decisions about paying for college. This website provides straightforward and easy-to-understand information about planning and paying for college. The site combines content and interactive tools from several Department of Education websites.

    Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the first step in accessing the more than $150 billion available in federal student aid.


    College Board Opportunity Scholarship


    Millions in Scholarships, Thousands of $500 Winners.  The College Board Opportunity Scholarships offer nearly $5 million each year to reward your efforts to plan and pay for college. The program is currently open to the class of 2022. 



Last Modified on February 22, 2022