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College Resources

Selecting a College

Overview of Texas Colleges:  GISD graduates attend schools in Texas and across the United States. Here's a quick look at popular Texas colleges chosen by GISD graduates.


College Visits:  A campus visit is your opportunity to get a firsthand view of a college. Seeing and learning about the college in person will be a huge help in determining where you want to apply. To really get a feel for the college, you need to walk around the campus, visit the dorms, rec centers and dining halls. You can find out more about the college from firsthand sources like a tour guide and other current students.


NCAA:  If you want to compete in NCAA sports at a Division I or Division II school, you need to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center to make sure you stay on track to meet initial-eligibility standards.

Applying for College

College Admissions:  The college admissions process can be intimidating. Don't worry! We've got you covered. Check out the different ways to be admitted and common definitions here.


Assured Admissions:  Some public colleges in Texas offer "assured admissions" for students who meet certain criteria.

Texas Colleges That Offer Free Tuition:  Some universities offer free tuition based on family income.


Timeline and Checklist:  Did you know the process of getting into college formally starts in your Junior year of high school? Check out a timeline and checklists of items to make sure you are ready for the process and all the deadlines that come with it.


Application Process:  This guide helps demystify the college application and admissions process. Get information and resources to help you conquer each step of the process, from start to finish.


Letters of Recommendation:  Letters of recommendation from teachers, school counselors, and other sources can help college admissions officers get a more complete picture of applicants. Most selective colleges and universities require one to three recommendation letters with your application.

Paying for College

Scholarships:  Do you need money for college or career school? A scholarship is essentially free money, which means it does not need to be repaid. In addition to the gift aid offered by colleges and universities, there are many private scholarships available, often funded by foundations, corporations and other independent organizations.


Financial Aid: When it comes to paying for college, filling out the FAFSA is one of the most important steps high school students and their families must take. You and your family can choose from many different types of financial aid. Here you will find links to the many kinds of financial aid available.