Counselor's Corner




The Migrant University Summer Experience (MUSE) program is a six week summer enrichment program for migrant high school juniors and seniors from across the Rio Grande Valley (freshmen and sophomores are eligible upon the discretion of the school district). During this summer program students gain a true university experience, while earning either two high school credits, or 6 college credit hours. Students also receive on-campus housing (residential camp), a student ID that provides them access to select facilities on campus as well as a meal plan at the university café. During their stay students are placed in a professional workplace for job shadowing throughout the university and attend college readiness and leadership seminars while living on the UTRGV-Edinburg campus.

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Taco Bell Tuition Reimbursement and Education | Guild Education

Taco Bell partnered with Guild Education to help employees like you feed your dreams. It’s easier than ever to balance a career and an education.

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#GenTXDay Information, Resources, and Prizes
GenTX Decision Day 2018

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), creators of the Generation Texas movement, proudly announces Generation TX Decision Day 2018 (#GenTXDay) te held on May 4, 2018. #GenTXDay is a culmination of the efforts across the state to support all students, especially our seniors, in getting to and through college!

All high school students, faculty, staff, and community members are encouraged twear college apparel, decorate doors and classrooms in college themes, post signs and pennants in our community, decorate storefronts, or have college trivia contests — let’s get creative! Download the 2018 Generation Texas Decision Day Guide to plan your #GenTXDay and make it the best in Texas!

Accept the Challenge!

Our goals this year are to have:

  • At least 1,200 Texas High Schools accept the challenge and register for #GenTXDay to support students with activities, events, and outreach;
  • Every participating high school in Texas increase ApplyTexas and FAFSA completions by four percentage points (4%) above 2017-2018; and
  • Every eligible student (seniors) in Texas complete and submit the FAFSA or TASFA and an application (ApplyTexas) to at least one institution of higher education.

Generation Texas also supports the regional efforts and goals of the 60x30TX Texas Challenge to Reach Higher, which aligns with the national Reach Higher Initiative, to increase completion of college applications and FAFSAs.

#GenTXDay Student Video Challenge

Seniors: You could win an iPad in just a few easy steps! Post a video to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or YouTube about your decision to go to college. Where are you going? How did you decide? Include @GenerationTexas and the official hashtag #GenTXDay with your video for a chance to win! Check out the Contest Rules and get started!

Not a Senior? You can still win a Generation Texas Prize Pack with t-shirts, pop-sockets, bracelets, lanyards, bags, and other prizes by making a #GenTXDay Video. The rules are the same – check them out at Contest Rules.

#GenTXDay School Challenge

We want all schools in Texas to be a part of the biggest GenTX Decision Day we’ve ever had! Please complete the #GenTXDay School Challenge FormThe form helps provide information on the great events happening across the state and highlights student and community participation. Schools and counselors that complete the GenTX Day School Challenge form will be entered into the School Challenge Contest for a chance to win a GenTX school banner!

The contest ends on Monday, May 14, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. CT.

Customizable Resources

Whether you are planning new events or building off old ones, we want to make sure you have as many resources as you need to plan a great event. Our #GenTXDay Webpage is loaded with customizable resources that you can tailor to your school and your community.

  • The #GenTXDay Planning Guide provides ideas and templates to help you design, organize and implement your GenTX events and activities.
  • The GenTX Download Center is a resource bank where you can find downloads for students and parents, teachers, counselors and community organizations.

Connect & Share!

Follow us @GenerationTexas & use the official hashtag #GenTXDay

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Study Habits Clip Art


Study Habits:

The Building Blocks to College-Readiness

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Dreamer Scholarship

for DACA Students

Application Deadline:  March 1, 2018 11:59 PM PT


The Dream US


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Microsoft Education

Student & Teachers Get Office 365 for Free!


Microsoft Office 365


It's not a trial! Students and teachers are eligible for Office 365 for Education, which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and now Microsoft Teams, plus additional classroom tools. All you need to get started is a valid school email address. Get started.

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Does art inspire you? Clouds that look like faces? Sugar? Discovering new galaxies? Artists have looked to the world around them for centuries to gain inspiration.

Doodle 4 Google


Doodle 4 Google

This year’s 10th anniversary of Doodle 4 Google asks students to do the same. The winner’s artwork will be made into an interactive doodle on as well as loads of scholarships and prizes.

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2018 Discover UTRGV




This preview will provide you the opportunity to visit our campus;  meet our faculty, staff and students; and ask the college-related questions you need answered.

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Javelina Preview Days!


TAMU Kingsville


Javelina Preview Days gives you and your family the opportunity to take a sneak peek at Javelina Nation and all that being a Javelina has to offer. Javelina Preview Days also helps you prepare for college and gain insight into life as a college student. We understand college is more than academics, and by attending Javelina Preview Days, you can get an up-close and personal look at the well-rounded experience Texas A&M University-Kingsville provides for its students.

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OpenEd for ACT




With your OpenEd account, you can access your personalized resources and start practicing for the ACT.

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ACT Practice Tests


7 full-length practice tests for the ACT - Peterson’s ACT practice tests mimic the structure and timing of the actual ACT exam. Additionally, each section within the practice tests can be reviewed after the section is scored. While reviewing the sections, students will be presented with their results along with the correct answer and a detailed explanation of the problem.

Test topics include:

  • English-tests knowledge of grammar, usage, and organization
  • Math-includes topics such as arithmetic, algebra, geometry, data analysis, and trigonometry
  • Reading-assesses reading comprehension skills
  • Science-tests ability to analyze and interpret scientific information
  • Writing-requires student to write an essay that expresses his or her position on the issue presented

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High School Aerospace Scholars



NASA wants today’s students to become the engineers, scientists, researchers and innovators of tomorrow. High School Aerospace Scholars offers a one-of-a-kind experience for Texas high school students to explore the possibilities of a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related major or career. Learn more about the program by viewing "High School Aerospace Scholars: A Journey of Discovery." The adventure starts this fall with an online course and culminates - for students who earn the opportunity - with an onsite summer experience at NASA's Johnson Space Center.

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Colleges That Claim to Meet Full Financial Need

Amherst College in Massachusetts

Of the 1,388 institutions that submitted financial aid data to U.S. News, 66 reported covering full need.

A generous financial aid package can make the difference in whether some students can attend a certain college – especially if that school comes with a hefty price tag.

Financial aid packages are one way that schools reduce the net price for some families and entice prospective students. For the 2016-2017 school year, only 66 out of 1,388 ranked colleges and universities reported meeting students' full financial need, according to data submitted to U.S. News in an annual survey.

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*** Early decision versus early action ***

Early decision plans are binding — a student who is accepted as an ED applicant must attend the college. Early action plans are nonbinding — students receive an early response to their application but do not have to commit to the college until the normal reply date of May 1. Counselors need to make sure that students understand this key distinction between the two plans.

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US News

Best Engineering Schools

Ranked in 2017 | Best Engineering Schools Rankings Methodology

Before you can make your mark as an engineer, you need to find the graduate school that can best help you build your skills. With the U.S. News rankings of the top engineering schools, narrow your search by location, tuition, school size and test scores.

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Tufts School of Engineering

Applying to the School of Engineering

Engineering applicants follow the same application process as any first-year applicant to Tufts. Here are some ways to tailor your application to successfully demonstrate your fit for our School of Engineering.

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The 2017-2018 LEDA application is now open. To start or continue your application, please click here.

To gain admission to the LEDA Scholars Program, students must complete a competitive application. The three-round process requires academic information and test scores, a personal statement and supplemental essay, a writing sample, biographical information, information on extracurricular activities, family financial information, and an interview for finalists.

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How to Get Into Harvard and the Ivy League, by a Harvard Alum

Getting into elite schools like Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, and others is a goal of many high school students. How exactly to accomplish this is often a mystery to students and parents going through the admissions process. Lots of unhelpful and vague advice abound, especially from people who have never gained admission themselves to these schools.

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TACRAO Registration

As you may all be aware, TACRAO College Fairs are right around the corner. It will be a busy but productive time for everyone involved. We are all looking forward to meeting your students and helping them obtain all the information they need to better prepare for the next big step in their educational career. 

Students can simply register online where they will receive a printable barcode. Completing the registration and having this barcode with them at the college fair will greatly enhance the students’ experience. Please see the link below and the attached flyer that we created for your schools.

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South Texas College


The Division of Nursing and Allied Health

The South Texas College Division of Nursing and Allied Health is a learner centered division committed to the education of healthcare professionals. STC's Nursing and Allied Health programs combine the highest quality instruction with clinical experience in both hospital and community settings.

Our Programs:

Choose one of our academic programs to learn more about the variety of healthcare careers available through South Texas College. Learn about the requirements, prerequisite courses, the application process and special clinical requirements needed for participating in your program of choice.

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3 Reasons Your PSAT Scores Matter

Most high school students are familiar with the SAT and spend considerable time getting ready for the exam. However, before they ever sit for the SAT, many will take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, a standardized test cosponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

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How to Create Your FSA ID

This video will show you how to create your FSA ID.

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How to Fill Out the FAFSA

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) allows students to apply for more than $150 billion in grants, loans, and work-study funds. Check out this video for info about the FAFSA and the resources available to help fill out this important application.

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After the FAFSA:  What Happens Next

Have you filled out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and are wondering what happens next?  Check out the video below to learn what to expect after completing the FAFSA.

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TACRAO College Fair Event 2017

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Click here for TACRAO College Fair Info



National CO-OP Scholarship Program

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National CO-OP Scholarsip Program



Big Future College Search Engine

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Big Future College



Small Liberal Arts Colleges

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Liberal Arts Colleges



QuestBridge Partner Schools 

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QuestBridge Partner Schools



List of Fly-In Programs

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Fly-In Programs



Map Out Your Financial Aid Award Letter

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Map Out Your Financial Aid Award Letter




How to Appeal a Financial Aid Award Letter PODCAST

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College Essay Guy



How to Use Technology More Responsibly

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Contemplative Computing

Bored and Brilliant




Master These Skills Before College

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Skills to Learn Before College



Tips To Help Students Stay Safe While On Spring Break

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Staying Safe During Spring Break



10 Questions Every Parent/Sudent Should Ask About Campus Safety

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Campus Safety



CSS / Financial Aid PROFILE

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CSS / Financial Aid PROFILE



Dealing with Stress During College

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Dealing with Stress



Scholarship Scam Red Flags

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Scholarship Scam Red Flags



Financial Aid Lingo

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Financial Aid Lingo



The College Scorecard for Choosing Colleges!

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College Scorecard



Texas OnCourse – Pathways to Postsecondary & Career Success for Texas Students

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Texas OnCourse



What is FAFSA?

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What is FAFSA?



College Survival Vocabulary

Please click on the link below to view the College Survival vocabulary list on Quizlet:

College Survival Vocabulary



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 In response to the change in the FAFSA schedule, colleges participating in ApplyTexas have chosen to move the opening date for admission applications up to July 1 (from August 1). 

This will start on July 1, 2017 with the opening of the 2018-19 application cycle (which includes applications for summer 18, fall 18, and spring 19).  



Important Links


ApplyTexas was created through a collaborative effort between the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the colleges and universities represented on the site. The goal of the project is to offer a centralized means for both Texans and non- Texas students to apply to the many outstanding postsecondary institutions available in Texas.



The Common Application is a not-for-profit, member organization committed to the pursuit of access, equity, and integrity in the college admission process



Federal Student Aid, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation. At the office of Federal Student Aid, our 1,200 employees help make college education possible for every dedicated mind by providing more than $150 billion in federal grants, loans, and work-study funds each year to more than 13 million students paying for college or career school. We are proud to sponsor millions of American minds pursuing their educational dreams.



What is JagNet is a registration Portal as well as a place to get the current news and events that are happening at South Texas College.  JagNet is where you can access the library services from home or anywhere you have access to a computer and internet.  JagNet can also be used for some class enhancements depending on the classes that you are taking you instructor will let you know what you need to do inside of JagNet and where to go.


You probably know Blackboard as the company that makes the learning management system used by thousands of institution. Sure, we build education technologies and engaging interfaces focused on the learner. But we also offer services, analytics, and communication tools to support everyone’s learning



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