It's your senior year.
Are you ready for your next big step ?
College and Career Support from Texas College Bridge, powered by College Forward, will guide you through the college application process and help you enroll in the college or degree program of your choice! We know that this journey can seem overwhelming, but we are here to help.
Here are some quick tips on navigating your college resources.
Take your time to review the resources in each unit.
Unit One and Unit Two explore the value of earning a college degree, how you can show colleges that you are ready for college-level work, and why that’s important.
These are great resources to revisit if you need a reminder of why you are embarking on your college journey.
Look out for the Next Steps.
At the end of each resource, we will give you a preview of what’s coming in the next one.
Keep your Guided Activities handy.
In Unit Three, you will complete activities to explore your personality type and interests. These activities will help you find your unique career and education path. We will refer back to these as we start exploring colleges, so make sure to save your work.
College Forward’s recommendations for Educators.
The following units and their resources may be completed by students non sequentially based on their needs.
However, Educators should work with students to complete each unit in order where possible.
Each unit is self-guided so that students are able to review and complete the activities in each resource on their own. Educators should make themselves available to support students as needed while students complete each unit.
Value of a Postsecondary Degree
Earning a postsecondary degree is an investment in your future. Many students throughout the country are wondering if pursuing a postsecondary degree or going to college is still worth it. Explore these findings to learn more about the value of a postsecondary degree.
Demonstrating College Readiness
College readiness refers to how ready you are to succeed in any first-year college course without needing to take developmental courses. This resource will help you understand why you should demonstrate college readiness and how you can do it.
We’ve all spent time daydreaming about our dream life, and that dream life might look different for many of us. In this resource, we’ll take a look at what it will cost and the salary you’ll need to have your dream lifestyle with the Texas Reality Check.
Are you interested in going to college, but unsure about your major? Do you know what career you would like to pursue, but don’t know what degree or certification you’ll need to receive first? Or maybe you know earning a degree is a valuable investment, but aren’t quite sure how a degree correlates to career opportunities? Our career exploration activity is a great place to start.
There are many things to consider when exploring possible career options, such as which career will fit your interests, personality, strengths, salary expectations, and more. Whether you are just now exploring your options, have a career field in mind, or you already know which career you would like to pursue, these career exploration resources will help guide you forward in learning how to identify and attain your dream career.
Choosing Your School
Introduction to Paying for College and Financial Aid
The right time to apply for financial aid is right now! This resource will walk you through the four main types of financial aid—scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study—and how to apply for each of them.
Your College Application
When applying to schools, it’s important to stay organized and keep track of your application to each school. Review these common application steps and materials in order to prepare your complete college application, and then download your college application checklist.
The SAT and ACT can be intimidating, but with study and preparation, they can also be a great opportunity to highlight your academic strengths. This resource will give you an introduction to college entrance exams, basic study tips, and how to register and to request accommodations.
Enrolling in College
Are you curious about what you can expect during that first semester in college? No matter where, when, or how you start your postsecondary journey, that first semester is new for everyone. Here are pro-tips, warnings, and some fun facts about what college life looks like in your first semester!