Teen Employment & College

Library Electronic Resource

Brainfuse
Use Brainfuse’s SkillSurfer and Flasbulb modules for test prep lessons, practice tests, flash cards, and even live tutoring. SkillSurfer has resources that walk you through the various college entrance tests and the college application process. In addition, Brainfuse has a Writing Lab where you can submit those college admission essays, resumes, and more, to receive personalized feedback within 48 hours! All Brainfuse resources are free with your library card. 

Admissions

ACT Online Prep
FAQs, sample questions and strategies, and how to register.
College Board Online
Register online, send your scores to schools.
Common Application Online
Apply simultaneously for colleges that use the common application form. You must register to use the site.
Educational Testing Service
Practice questions for AP, SAT, GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, and LSATs. Info about financial aid, colleges and universities, careers.
General Educational Development (GED) 
Answers to frequently asked questions about the test, from the Texas Education Agency.
Peterson’s
“Your Comprehensive Guide to College Information.”
Scholarship Help
“…Read our website and get the facts about scholarships as well as the best advice we can offer about how to succeed in winning scholarships.”
Teen Ink: College Essays
Real college essays written by real teens.

Guides

BestColleges
Explore curated lists of the best colleges for overall college experience, specific degree programs, and college towns. Find out where your school of choice stands in comparison to the nation’s top institutions, or discover new higher education options based on the factors that matter the most to you.
College Navigator
“Search by programs offered, degrees offered, institution type, price, selectivity, distance from home, school size, institutional mission (historically black colleges and universities, single-sex), extended learning opportunities for adults (weekend and evening degree programs), and intercollegiate athletics programs offered.”
College Preparation Checklist
The Checklist is one of our most popular resources for students and parents. Use the Checklist to find out what you can do to prepare yourself (or your child) for college.
CollegeView Search
Search for colleges that meet your requirements: costs, majors, services, computing resources, types of residence, city size, etc.
Homeless Youth & Higher Education
Resources, programs, and awareness for college students in need.
Navigating College for Homeless and Low-Income Students
The Resource Guide for Homeless and Low Income Students.
Online Masters
OnlineMasters.com is a trusted source for unbiased graduate program information and higher education planning. Our data-driven, proprietary research will guide to achieve your highest aspirations.
Worldwide Directory of Residential Colleges
Don’t know what a residential college is or why you’d want to attend one? This is where to find out.

Financial Aid

College Scholarships
Educators for Fair Consideration
“We provide scholarships and advisory services to low-income immigrant students who have gained admission to and/or are currently enrolled in U.S. colleges. We help immigrant students become catalysts for change, by creating mentorship, arts, and service opportunities in their communities.”
FAFSA: Free Application for Student Aid
Apply for Pell Grants, Stafford Loans, Perkins Loans, and work-study, among other programs.
FAFSA on the Web Worksheet
The FAFSA on the Web Worksheet tells you what documents (for example, your tax forms) you’ll need to refer to as you fill out the FAFSA, and it shows you the FAFSA questions so you can fill in your answers in preparation for applying.
FastWeb
Use their college directory, read articles about preparing for college, or register for free for customized scholarship information.
FinAid: the Financial Aid Information Page
“A free, comprehensive, independent, and objective guide to student financial aid.”
FinAid: Aid for Minority Students
“…information about scholarships and fellowships for minority students.” Part of FinAid.org.
The Guide to Federal Student Aid
A comprehensive resource on student financial aid from the U.S. Department of Education. Grants, loans, and work-study are the three major forms of aid available through the Department’s Federal Student Aid office.
Learn the Basics and Manage Your Debt
Covers what you should consider when you’re planning on borrowing money to pay for your education; such as, what types of federal student loans are available, how much to borrow, the difference between private and federal student loans, and other helpful hints on how to manage your debt.
Student Budget
Provided by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, this calculator helps analyze your (or your child’s) budget as a full-time student.
Student Guide to Financial Aid
From the US Department of Education. Comprehensive information about grants, loans, and work-study programs. 

San Antonio Area Colleges

Alamo Colleges
San Antonio College
St Philip’s College
Palo Alto College
Northwest Vista College
Northeast Lakeview College
Culinary Institute of America, San Antonio

Hallmark College of Technology/Hallmark College of Aeronautics
Our Lady of the Lake University-San Antonio
St Mary’s University
Texas A&M University-San Antonio
Texas Lutheran University
Texas State University-San Marcos
Trinity University
University of the Incarnate Word
University of Phoenix – San Antonio Campus
The University of Texas at San Antonio
Wayland Baptist University.

Study Abroad

CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange
Study, work, and volunteer abroad. Choose from 60 study abroad programs in 30 host countries.
StudyAbroad.com
“…Thousands of study abroad programs in more than 100 countries throughout the world.”
Transitions Abroad
Study, travel, work, and live abroad.
WorldWide Classroom
Find schools by country or type of program. Read what students say about their experiences.

Learn about jobs and careers

BLS Career Information
Find careers you might like based on your favorite subjects in school.
Intern Queen: Internships
Find out about internships all over the country, plus get tips on being a great intern from the “Intern Queen.”
Job Corps
“Job Corps…helps young people ages 16 through 24 get a better job, make more money and take control of their lives.” Click “Locations” to find information about local offices.
Occupational Outlook Handbook
See how much demand there is for the jobs you’re interested in. Find out about the education & training you need. 

Find a paying job

My First Paycheck
Myfirstpaycheck.com is a job-posting site for teenagers that provides advice and resources to help young people have a more successful job application process.
SnagAJob.com
Search for part-time and hourly jobs by zip code. Lots of ads, so watch where you click.
Teens4Hire
“A home for teens looking for a job and for employers who hire them.” 

Your rights at work

Health Information for Teen Workers
Your rights and responsibilities as a teen worker. Also, learn the most common ways teens are injured at work.
Youth@Work
More on your rights and responsibilities at work, from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.