College entrance exams are standardized aptitude tests used to evaluate students for college admissions purposes. There are two major tests, the ACT and the SAT. Arizona students tend to take the SAT although colleges and universities typically accept either test. Students should be planning to take their first test in the Spring of their junior year.
Out of State Colleges
Maybe a student would like to broaden their horizons more and journey out of state to further their studies. This could be the opportunity to find independence, have new cultural experiences, and explore away from home. If your student is looking for options outside of Arizona, here are tools to use for research:
During this time of Coronavirus, there have been a few virtual college “fairs” that students can sign up to attend. The latest are the Strive Virtual College Exploration Week recently extended Apr 20-May 8, and NAVIGATE 2020 May 4-6. Click the links to register.
Students may be stuck at home right now but there are various tools to go on campus “tours” or college “visits” virtually. Use the links below to discover your perfect fit.
College Guide for Low-Income Students
The team at Study.com recently developed a College Guide for Low-Income Students. Our goal is to inform students about critical information regarding their college education and share different resources that will help set them up for success. The new COVID-19 stimulus bill included several notable changes relating to FAFSA and financial aid, and we have updated our College Guide for Low-Income Students to include the most important information. Our College Guide for Low-Income Students offers in depth information in several areas, including:
Student Aid - HBCU Resource Guide
Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) provide a nurturing environment for learners most at risk of the college achievement gap. Additionally, these institutions serve as a safe space for educating minority students living amidst the unstable racial climate of America.
As Bourgade Catholic High School celebrates Black History Month, our team at TheBestSchools.org wants to provide your team with a supplemental resource overviewing the history and importance of prestigious HBCU institutions. By sharing this resource with Phoenix's students, your organization can promote both education and tradition.
Check out our guide here:
HBCU Considerations - https://thebestschools.org/magazine/past-present-future-importance-of-hbcus/
Consider adding our resource to your toolbox as we continue celebrating Black excellence together. Share a link to the guide above on your site here - or another page you see that best fits: https://www.bourgadecatholic.org/college-resources.html
This is money to help pay for college or career school. Various types of financial aid are grants, work-study, loans, and scholarships, which help make college or career school affordable. To learn more about how financial aid (FAFSA, etc.) works, check out this presentation created by Raise.me.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the form you need to fill out to get any financial aid from the federal government to help pay for college. Lots of states and colleges also use the FAFSA to determine which students get financial aid—and how much they'll get.
Those that are eligible for free and reduced lunch or other government aid programs could be eligible to receive a pell grant after filing their FAFSA. The FAFSA should be filled out beginning October 1 of the student’s senior year.
The College Depot is a free, full-service college access center provided by the Phoenix Public Library system. Other resources similar are the AZ Foundation and JLV Counseling.
Raise.me lets you keep track of your achievements and the money you earn in the form of micro-scholarships. By earning micro-scholarships on Raise.me you’re learning about what you can do to earn even more at many colleges and universities. Let’s get started by having you earn your first micro- scholarship... Watch this video to get started!