The Fort Worth Library is partnering with the Chamber of Commerce, Go Centers Partners Group, and the Fort Worth Public Library Foundation utilizing their Launchpad program. If you have questions about college, the FWL Satellite GO Centers have a list of online resources to help pave the road to higher education. There are also books and other materials available for check out.
American College Testing (ACT) Exam – The American College Testing (ACT) is the second most commonly used exam for college admissions. The ACT measures the readiness of students for higher education in mathematics, English, reading and science. Students must register online or by mail.
College Board – The College Board provides information about the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT), the Practice Scholastic Assessment Test (PSAT) and the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP).The SAT is the most widely used exam for college admissions. These exams measure the readiness of students for higher education. Students must register online or by mail.
College for All Texans – The College for All Texans site has an action plan for students to follow as they start prepping for college. Students can apply for testing, admission and financial aid. The site also provides college cost information.
Match College - Sometimes finding the right college means having the right tools. Matchcollege.com provides students with the resources necessary to evaluate and compare schools through information on admissions, tuition, financial aid opportunities, housing and more.
Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) Exam – The Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) is a test that evaluates student’s reading, writing and mathematics skills.. Students can take this test at participating institutions or online.
College Savings Plans by Affordable Colleges - provides information, including pros and cons, for different college savings plans.
College Savings Plans by Online Colleges - In order to afford the high costs of college, prospective students and their parents need to begin a manageable college savings plan.
FSA ID – In order to apply and access the FAFSA application online, students and parents need a FSA ID. They need to register for a it at this site. The FSA ID serves as an electronic signature and will be the same every time a student applies for FAFSA.
Fast Web – Fastweb breaks down scholarships based on the student’s educational goals, activities and interests. Students can enter contests to win financial aid. Fastweb provides tips to help manage financial aid.
Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) – The Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is used to apply for federal financial aid. Federal Student Aid is a part of the U.S. Department of Education, which is the nation’s largest provider of financial aid to college students. Applications may be submitted online or by mail.
Federal Student Aid - Federal Student Aid provides information on how to choose schools. Students can find resources to help with applying for financial aid. Federal Student Aid provides information about how to manage financial aid. Site also provides parents information to help choose a school, including admission requirements. The site also provides resources to help parents receive financial aid. Parents learn what it takes to qualify for financial aid and how to manage loans.
FinAid!: The Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid – The FinAid site provides a search engine for students seeking scholarships and loans. Students can find tips about securing financial aid. Information about military aid is also available. Students can be paired with an Aid Advisor to assist with financial aid.
Financial Aid Facts – Financial Aid Facts helps determine the costs and expenses of higher education. Students can learn the different types of financial aid such as grants and loans. Financial Aid Facts can also be used to search for scholarships.
Mapping Your Future – Mapping Your Future is a non-profit organization that provides information to plan the future and manage money. Mapping Your Future has online counseling available for students to discuss financial aid.
Online Colleges.net Financial Aid Guide - OnlineColleges.net provides free student guides and college search information, along with expert advice from Melissa Venable, PhD, an experienced online instructor and thought leader.
Review.com’s Best Scholarship Search Platforms - Every year there is a wide range of scholarships offered to students to help finance their education. With over a million different scholarships available, many students find searching for all the available scholarships a real challenge, let alone the best one for them. Review.com has spent over 40 hours researching 17 of the most popular scholarship search platforms, and have analyzed and graded them using five core metrics, including functionality, scholarship availability, quality, application tools, and additional helpful resources.
Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation (TGSLC) – Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation (TGSLC) helps students and families pursue higher education. They provide resources students can use to prepare for college. TGSLC also provides resources for students to apply for student loans and how to pay them back.
Other Resources for Students
Adventures in Education – On the Adventures in Education site students can find a breakdown of things to do before, during and after college. Students can learn about grants, loans, scholarships and work-study programs. AIE provides resources for students to research degrees that a career may require.
Apply Texas – The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board created this site so students can create an online college application and submit it to more than one Texas college or university. Students can search for scholarships and housing assistance.
Career One Stop – Career One Stop is a site where students can explore careers and learn about the career requirements. The site also provides information regarding salaries, resumes and interview tips.
CollegeData – College Data is a site for learning about colleges and universities. Students can read admission statistics at schools they may want to attend. College Data has suggestions to improve the admission process.
Drive of Your Life – Drive of Your Life is an online survey that helps students plan for their future. Students answer a series of questions to learn about themselves and different professions. This is a virtual activity section where students can take career tours in a customize car.
Going2College – The Going 2 College site help students with planning for college. There are other resources to help with career matching. Students can search for financial aid by state.
GoodCall - GoodCall is already trusted by major universities like Cal Berkeley, University of Maryland, and University of Nevada (among others) in part because it gives students access to all of its listings without requiring any personal information. GoodCall also makes it easy for students to find scholarships they’re more likely to win by calculating the expected number of entrants for each award and assigning a competition level score.
Guide to Careers in Analytics, Data Science and Business Intelligence - OnlineEducation.com strives to be the definitive resource for college leaders, faculty, and students researching online education. They thoroughly research and review every online degree program in a given discipline prior to publication.
How to Choose the Right College for You - Sponsored by The University of North Texas - The University of North Texas created a guide to help students select a school. It helps students design a plan based on their interests and goals. There is also information about applying for scholarships and selecting student organization.
KnowHow2Go – The American Council of Education (ACE) created Know How 2 Go for students who do not have the guidance to prepare for higher education. Students can read topics based on their grade level.
Online U - OnlineU’s mission is to refocus the higher education conversation around affordability and increase ease of accessibility to online college information. We’ve completed extensive research into metrics of cost and quality of online colleges across the nation in order to provide unbiased rankings based on things students care about, like affordability, value, and prestige. I think this site a great resource for high school students who are starting to think about college options.
Peterson’s College Bound / Grad School Bound – Peterson’s College Bound site provides students with a guide for preparing for entrance exams. Students can find assistance with early admissions as well as have their essays critiqued by Ivy-League graduates and professional editors.
The Princeton Review – The Princeton Review provides information about entrance exams needed for college, graduate, business, law and medical schools. The Princeton Review offers tips for test-preparation and tutoring services. Students can research schools based on majors.
Texas Reality Check - The Texas Workforce Commission and Texas Education Agency created the Texas Reality Check site to help students choose a career. Students can explore a career by calculating the cost of living, determining a desired salary or choosing a profession. Once the information is provided, students will be matched with a career.
Varsity Tutors Essay Contests - Each month, students write an essay on a specific topic. The essays are then judged via social media and scholarship prizes are given.
Other Resources for Parents
Adventures in Education Parents - On the Adventures In Education site parents can find definitions for grants, loans, scholarships and work-study programs. AIE provides resources for parents to start saving for their child’s higher education. Parents can read about the 529 plans which are two ways to save for their child’s college fund.
American Council on Education (ACE) – The American Council of Education (ACE) is an advocate for campuses and addresses current educational issues. ACE members are representatives from accredited, degree-granting colleges and universities. ACE is made up of 1,800 members and represents 80 percent of full-time students. Parents can view member profiles on the site.
Family Education – Family Education is a site that advises parents how to manage and expand their child’s learning experience. The site breaks down tips by grade and subject. Parents can read the list of characteristics their children should possess in order to succeed in higher education, career and everyday life. There are even alternative solutions if their child decides not to attend college.
Texas Tomorrow Funds – The Texas Tomorrow Funds site has information about college funds. Parents can find information about different types of prepaid tuition plans that allow them to lock in to the current tuition rates. These types of plans are only for Texas colleges and universities.
U.S. Department of Education - The U.S. Department of Education is responsible for federal financial aid policies, focusing on educational issues and ensuring equal access to education. Parents can find a list of activities they can do to increase their child’s possibility of a successful education. The U.S. Department of Education has resources parents can use to start a college fund.
Gaming at the Library
Game On! Gaming for Teens Ages 13-18 Games available anytime in the Teen Scene Center at the Central Library. Join us for gaming on the Wii, XBOX 360 and Playstation 3.
There are also ongoing gaming programs at each branch.
Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting activity. Participants search for hidden containers, “geocaches,” using GPS-enabled devices or Google Maps, and then share their experiences online. Learn more »
Worth Reading (#wr365) aims to get everyone in Fort Worth reading, learning and having fun — all year long. A partnership between the library, Fort Worth ISD and other community organizations, Worth Reading expands and enhances the traditional summer reading program, offering activities and programs at locations throughout the Metroplex. Learn more »
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Last updated: Feb. 7, 2018