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Higher Education

Local Guidance

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Cafécollege serves as San Antonio’s “one-stop-shop” for college access advice, guidance, and workshops. Advisors provide assistance with the following key services:

  • College Admission Assistance
  • Financial Aid Guidance
  • Career Exploration
  • College Applications
  • Advising
  • SAT & ACT Preparation

No appointment is needed and all services are free of charge and available in Spanish to all, including those in middle school, high school, current college students, adults and anyone in-between.

Visit the Cafécollege Website

The mission of Good Samaritan Community Services is to serve as a catalyst for change, supporting youth, individuals and families by providing excellent community services to overcome economic poverty. Good Samaritan Community Services helps young people ages 5 - 18 acquire the life and academic skills necessary for personal success. A wide variety of activities and services are offered including academic tutoring and enrichment sessions, career exploration field trips, sports and recreational activities, team-building exercises, volunteer and community service opportunities, and tours to college campuses.

Visit the Good Samaritan Community Services Website

QUEST Prep is a self-paced program developed by Project QUEST and is led by a professional educator in a dedicated learning center. Group instruction is given in areas identified as deficient in most of the students in a given class. Participants proceed at their own pace in other areas of remediation. The goal is to lift the education level from as low as 6th grade in reading or math to a college level.

Visit the Project Quest, Inc. - Quest Prep Website

Project STAY is here to help you achieve your academic goals by providing you with information on educational opportunities and assisting you with college admission and applying for scholarships/financial aid. The services are free to qualified high school students in the Edgewood, Harlandale, San Antonio, or South San school districts.

Visit the Project STAY Website

iVamos Ya! is a holistic outreach program to the children and youth of our west-side neighborhood of San Antonio. iVamos Ya! guides neighborhood youth to realize their full potential and grow into productive people through holistic support and caring relationships.

Vamos Ya: Moving Forward with Westside Youth
Visit the ¡Vamos Ya! Website

Online Guidance

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Register to take the ACT, take free college and career planning assessments, and explore different study options.

Visit the ACT Website

Apply for admission to any Texas public university, as well as to participating community and private colleges.

Submit your application essays online.

Apply for scholarships from participating universities.

Search for and view both general and university specific information

Visit the ApplyTexas Website

Big Future provides a college search tool, information on how to pay for college, and a college plan maker.

Visit the Big Future by College Board Website

Are you a student? Want to know how to prepare for college or career school? We’ve provided checklists with the steps you can take to help your child’s chances of getting into — and being able to afford — the school of your choice.

Visit the Checklists for Academic and Financial Preparation Website

College Board – SAT is a website where you can register to take the SAT, learn how to send your scores, download a free practice test, and prepare with the test day checklist.

Visit the College Board - SAT Website

College for All Texans Provides information for students living in Texas on the college admissions process, making a plan, financial aid, applying, and other helpful information.

Visit the College for All Texans - Students Website

The U.S. Department of Education College Scorecard is a interactive on-line tool that allows you to search and compare colleges. Find the right fit by comparing programs, cost, admission, and much more.

Visit the College Scorecard

Time to apply to college: words that strike fear in the hearts of high school juniors and seniors. But students need not tremble and break out into a sweat. While the college application process will always be associated with at least some stress, the more you know about it, the better you will manage and the more likely you are to emerge relatively unscathed. To help you, we’ve interviewed six admissions experts to compile the most up-to-date and comprehensive guide to the college admissions process.

Visit the The Complete Guide to College Admissions Website

I’m First! is an online community providing first-generation college students — and those who advise them — with inspiration, information, and support on the road to and through college.

Visit the I'm First! Website

Online tutors ready to provide elementary, high school and college level help with math, science, English, and social studies. Spanish-speaking tutors available. Proofreading for essays and research papers available as well.

Hours are from 3 p.m. to midnight daily.

Practice Lessons, worksheets, study guides and videos available 24/7

Visit the San Antonio Public Library - Free Online Homework Help Website

Need a SAPL card to access.

Learning Express Library provides 24/7 online academic and career practice tests and full-texts of test prep books. Areas covered include academic, such as SAT, GRE, GMAT, LSAT; basic skills, civil service, cosmetology, EMS, firefighter, GED, law enforcement, ASVAB, postal services, real estate, and U.S. citizenship. Test score report includes explanation of right and wrong answers.

Visit the San Antonio Public Library - Learning Express Website

Texas Career Check is a free online tool that allows you to explore education opportunities by comparing programs of study and college fit.

Visit the Texas Career Check Website

The Texas Consumer Resource for Education and Workforce Statistics (Texas CREWS) is an interactive dashboard tool providing comparative information about Texas public 2-year and 4-year colleges and universities. It evaluates programs and institutions on the basis of wages earned after graduation and student loan levels.

Visit the Texas CREWS Website

Adventures In Education (AIE™) is a public-service website developed to help students plan and complete their journey through higher education. By providing free resources to students, parents, counselors, and educators, AIE encourages individuals to discover and pursue educational opportunities.

Visit the TG Adventures in Education Website

Money Management

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Hit the Road takes users on an interactive, virtual road trip across the country, but the journey is not easy. They must save

and spend money wisely to complete challenges along the way.

Visit My Credit - Financial Resources

CashCourse Provides:

  • Free online financial education courses through instructor assignments or self-study
  • Customizable financial tools such as worksheets, a Budget Wizard, quizzes and calculators
  • A personal dashboard to track your progress
  • Articles and resources on topics that students can relate to
  • A guide to real-life money questions

Visit the CashCourse Website

Money Matters: Make it CountSM is a suite of financial education resources for teens offered by Boys & Girls Clubs of America in collaboration with Charles Schwab Foundation. From investing in education to saving money for retirement, making financial decisions doesn’t have to be difficult. Money Matters helps teens take charge of their financial futures.

Visit the Money Matters: Make it Count Website

Making the most of your money starts with five building blocks for managing and growing your money — The MyMoney Five. Keep these five principles in mind as you make day-to-day decisions and plan your financial goals.

Visit the MYMONEY Website

The first step to becoming financially successful is to create a budget. As with good performance in the classroom, it requires organization. Smart planning can give students a clear picture of how much money is coming in and out of their bank account at any given time. The following guide helps college students get organized, with a template to help get a budget started and gives resources for saving and tracking money.

Visit the Student Budgeting: Breaking Down the Process Website’s Student Savings Guide will walk students through 10 quick but heavy-duty savings tips to help them make it through to graduation with money to spare. The college years are intense. Not only do students have to figure out how to cover the cost of tuition and books, but they often need to survive on very little money. But being a student also means being able to take advantage of student discounts that aren’t limited to on-campus deals. Learn more!

Visit the Student Savings Guide - Website

When students and their families are navigating the costs of college for the first time, they may be unfamiliar with some of the additional fees and living expenses that need to be factored in. While it’s tempting to only notice the cost of tuition when making a decision, ancillary costs such as technology fees, housing, parking, and meal plans can all add up to thousands of dollars quickly.

Visit the Tuition and More: Calculating the True Cost of College Website

Confused about tax terms and forms? Interested in learning more about the basic concepts behind taxes? Understanding Taxes can take the mystery out of taxes. The Hows of Taxes includes 14 self-paced modules, offering a step-by-step approach to tax preparation.

Visit the Understanding Taxes Student Website

Scholarships/Financial Aid


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AAUW provides $500 textbook scholarships for women who are attending a college or university in Bexar County and from high school students with an unconditional letter of acceptance to a college or university in Bexar County for the upcoming summer/fall.

Visit the American Association of University Women (AAUW) San Antonio, TX Branch Website

Worried you won’t be able to get aid? Most people are eligible for financial aid for college or career school.
Learn about the eligibility criteria for the federal student aid programs.

Visit the Financial Aid Eligibility Website

Learn about the eligibility criteria for the federal student aid programs.

Visit the Hispanic Scholarship Consortium Website

Since its inception in 2009, the Joci Awards, Las Casas’ annual scholarship competition, has awarded nearly $700,000 in scholarship money to deserving students who excel in the performing arts, making it the largest scholarship funding source of its kind in the United States. Each year, nationally-acclaimed theatre professionals select scholarship winners based on their performances.

Open to grade levels 9 to 12

Visit the Las Casas-Joci Awards (Arts) Website

The San Antonio Area Foundation holds more than 90 scholarship funds to help students achieve their educational dreams. Graduating high school students planning to attend colleges, universities, and vocational/technical schools throughout the United States receive the majority of these scholarships.

Visit the San Antonio Area Foundation Website

The YWCA San Antonio was chartered in 1910 with the mission of developing personal empowerment and self-sufficiency in women and their families. Today the YWCA strengthens families in the San Antonio community by providing an array of programs that focus on childcare and early education; economic empowerment; youth development; and health and wellness. The Mi Carrera college scholarship has been created by individuals who believe in the mission of the organization and the positive impact of a college education. The YWCA Mi Carrera Scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior. The Mi Carrera Scholarship consists of: Paid tuition for two consecutive years at an Alamo College Paid, tuition for two consecutive years at Texas A&M University - San Antonio, and book support.

Visit the YWCA Mi Carrera Scholarship Website


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A helpful guide that provides information for students and parents beginning the financial aid process. From an explanation of the challenges surrounding FAFSA to an in-depth look at the many types of financial aid, this is a great reference you can download and print English or Spanish versions as you find your way to pay for college.

Visit the GenTX Way to Pay: Financial Aid Guide Website


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CareerOneStop is a free online database that allows you to search more than 7,500 scholarships, fellowships, grants, and other financial aid award opportunities.

Visit the CareerOneStop - Get My Future: Scholarship Search Website

FastWeb is a free scholarship search service that helps students find need-based and merit assistance in addition to jobs and internships.

Visit the FastWeb Website is a free online college scholarship search and financial aid information resource. Requires an email to sign-in.

Visit the Website

The average student loan balance has grown from an average of $15,000 in 2005 to nearly $30,000 in 2015. Prospective students and their parents can use this comprehensive guide to learn about student loans before joining the millions of Americans saddled with massive amounts of educational debt. This guide offers a deep-dive into federal and private loans, step-by-step instructions to apply for federal loans, expert advice for selecting the right loan, information about loan repayment options, help with loan forgiveness, and comparison tables for private and federal loans.

Visit the Student Loans the Right Way Website

Unigo is a free online scholarship matching service and provides a searchable scholarship directory. Requires an email to sign-in.

Visit the Unigo Website


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Federal Student Aid, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation.

Follow the link to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA). This is typically needed when applying for financial aid at a college or university.

Visit the Federal Student Aid - FAFSA Website

Federal Student Aid, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation.

Check out the link to learn about grants, loans, and work-study jobs and how they can help fund your education.

Visit the Federal Student Aid - Types of Aid Website


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The Alamo Colleges consists of five colleges — San Antonio, St. Philip’s, Palo Alto, Northeast Lakeview, and Northwest Vista — offering associate degrees, certificates and licensures in occupational programs that prepare students for jobs, as well as arts and science courses that transfer to four-year colleges and universities and lead to AA and AS degrees.

Visit the Alamo Colleges Website

The Art Institute of San Antonio offers academic programs in visual design, interior & product design, marketing, animation & effects, film & production, gaming & technology, fashion, and culinary. Associate degrees, bachelor degrees, and diplomas offered.

Visit The Art Institute of San Antonio Website

The Baptist Health System School of Health Professions offers various associate and bachelor degrees, certificates, and diplomas, using online, blended and traditional classroom settings.

Visit the Baptist Health System School of Health Professions Website

The College of Health Care Professions provides education, degrees, and career training in the health professions.
The San Antonio location offers Associate degrees in Diagnostic Medical Sonography and Surgical Technology. Other degrees are available online.

Visit The College of Health Care Professions Website

The Culinary Institute of Americas (The CIA) San Antonio offers associate degrees in Culinary Arts and Baking and Pastry Arts.
A high school diploma or GED credential required.

Visit The Culinary Institute of Americas San Antonio Website

Quest college offers Associates Degree in Business Administration or Medical Assisting.

Visit the Quest College Website

Public Universities

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Texas A&M - San Antonio offers 25 undergraduate degree programs and 11 graduate degree programs under the Colleges of Arts & Science, Business, and Education & Human Development. Several locations.

Visit the Texas A&M - San Antonio Website

The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) is the largest university in the San Antonio metropolitan area. UTSA offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs, in addition to undergraduate and graduate certificates in various subjects.

Visit The University of Texas at San Antonio Website

The UT Health School of Public Health SARC offers the following academic programs:
  • Master of Public Health (General, Epidemiology, Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences),
  • Master of Science (Epidemiology),
  • Doctor of Public Health (Community Health Practice, Environmental & Occupational Health),
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Epidemiology),
  • Dual degree programs: MD/MPH (with the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio) and MBA/MPH (with the UT-San Antonio College of Business), and Certificate Programs.

Visit The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health - San Antonio Regional Campus (SARC) Website

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio(UTHSCSA) is made up of five schools – the School of Health Professions, the School of Medicine, the School of Dentistry, the School of Nursing, and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences – offering nearly 70 degree specialties. Pre- and post-baccalaureate certificate programs.

Visit The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Website

Private Universities

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Baptist University of the Américas (BUA) provides a cross-cultural Christian education from the Hispanic perspective. BUA currently offers one associate and five bachelor degree programs in the academic disciplines of: Bible/Theology, Cross-Cultural Studies, Spanish, Music, Business Leadership, or Human Behavior.

Visit the Baptist University of the Americas Website

DeVry University San Antonio Campus offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in some of today’s fastest-growing career fields including business & management, engineering & information sciences, health sciences, liberal arts & sciences, and media arts & technology.

Visit the DeVry University Website

Hallmark University focuses on four academic areas of study: Aeronautics, Business, Healthcare & Information Technology, offering Master’s, Bachelor’s, and Associate’s degrees.

Visit the Hallmark University Website

Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) prepares graduates to transform their communities, families and professions. OLLU offers more than 30 undergraduate majors and minors, 14 master’s programs and two doctoral programs through its College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business and Leadership, School of Professional Studies and the Worden School of Social Service. OLLU offers classes in daytime, evening, weekend and online formats.

Visit the Our Lady of the Lake University Website

St. Mary’s University (SMU) provides a Catholic education experience that evokes academic excellence while integrating liberal studies, professional preparation and ethical commitment. St. Mary’s offers more than 75 programs, including doctoral and law programs. With a diverse student population of about 3,800 of all faiths and backgrounds, the student/faculty ratio of 12-to-1 permits small classes and promotes active learning.

Visit the St. Mary's University Website

Texas Lutheran University (TLU) resides in Seguin, Texas, near San Antonio and Austin. A diverse student body of approximately 1,400 with classes averaging fewer than 20 students provides a sense of community and an environment where individuality and personal growth are as integral to success as rigorous academics. As an institution of the church, TLU provides an education in the arts and sciences that is given perspective by the Christian faith.

Visit the Texas Lutheran University Website

Trinity University is a transformational liberal arts and sciences university offering a rigorous yet flexible curriculum – the optimal blend of liberal arts and professional programs. This includes 47 majors, 59 minors, including five professional programs, and five master’s degrees. Trinity is committed to the highest levels of academic and professional excellence in teaching, research, learning, service, leadership, and personal integrity.

Visit the Trinity University Website

The University of Phoenix - San Antonio Campus offers degree programs tailored to fit the lifestyles of students with external time commitments. The San Antonio Campus has degree programs in business and management; as an undergraduate, you can enroll in the Bachelor of Science in Business program or the Bachelor of Science in Management program for on-campus students.

Visit the University of Phoenix Website

The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) in San Antonio strives to educate men and women who will become concerned and enlightened citizens with values developed in a Judeo-Christian tradition. UIW is the largest Catholic university in Texas and the fourth-largest private university in the state. UIW offers 80 undergraduate and graduate fields of study, including the Ph.D. in Education and doctoral degrees in pharmacy (Pharm.D.), optometry (OD), nursing practice (DNP), physical therapy (DPT) and business administration (DBA).

Visit the University of the Incarnate Word Website

Wayland Baptist University – San Antonio offers Associate, Baccalaureate, and Masters degree programs for traditional and non-traditional students with a focus on the adult learner and a commitment to the University’s mission of educating students in an academically challenging and distinctively Christian environment.

Visit the Wayland Baptist University - San Antonio Website




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