The following websites will assist students with valuable information to help them make educated decisions about school, financial aid, colleges, and their future. Visit the websites below to discover the information that can be found on each website with your students.
For more information on accessing the Florida College Systems you can visit www.fldoe.org/cc/ or call 850-254-0407
Helping Hand: Resources & Support for Low Income College Students: https://www.publicservicedegrees.org/resources/low-income-college-students/
Resources & Scholarships for Homeless Students: https://www.publicservicedegrees.org/resources/higher-education-resources-for-homeless-students/
Both guides help students learn about assistance programs and resources they can take advantage of to help get college ready, find housing, afford tuition, and more.
Links from U.S. News & World Report
Student Loans - Consolidation/Refinancing
How to consoldate student loans
Scholarships for Florida Residents
Free-4U – A National database of scholarships
Fast Web – A free scholarship search, requires an email address
Fin Aid – One Stop financial aid site with calculators and many other useful tools.
College Board - a self-directed search resource. Go to the home page and then click on “Paying for College.”
United Negro College Fund – provides scholarship programs to eligible African American Students.
Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities – provides scholarship programs to eligible Hispanic students.www.hacu.net
- Bell Labs Fellowships For Under Represented Minorities
- Coca-Cola Scholarships
- Holland & Knight Scholarships
- Ayn Rand Essay Contests
- Xerox Minority Scholarships
- Sports Scholarships and Internships
- National Assoc. of Black Journalists Scholarships (NABJ)
- USDA - Saul T. Wilson Scholarships (Veterinary)
- Thurgood Marshall College Fund Scholarships
- FinAid: The Smart Students Guide to Financial Aid Scholarships
- Presidential Freedom Scholarships and Grants
- SallieMae Scholarship Search
- Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship for Minority Students
- BOEING scholarships
- Jacki Tuckfield Memorial Graduate Business Scholarship (for AA students in South Florida )
- Actuarial Scholarships for Minority Students
- International Students Scholarships & Aid
- College Board Scholarship Search
- Burger King Scholarship Program
- Siemens Competition
- LuLac Scholarship Funds
- CollegeNet ' s Scholarship Database
- Union Sponsored Scholarships and Aid
- 25 Scholarship Gateways from BlackExcel.org
- Aid &Resources For Re-Entry Students - Back2college.com
- Scholarships for Study in Paralegal Studies
- Sit Abroad Scholarships (for study around the world)
- INROADS internships
- NAACP Scholarships
- Black Alliance for Educational Options Scholarships
- ScienceNet Scholarship Listing
- Rhodes Scholarhips at Oxford
- The Roothbert Scholarship Fund
Knowing Your Degrees
Doctoral Degree – the highest college degree awarded. 5 Years to complete and requires completing a course of study, original research, and a written publishable thesis.
Master’s Degree – completing a graduate curriculum at a four-year college or university. Generally requires holding a Bachelor’s degree, although relevant work experience may be considered.
Bachelor’s Degree – completing undergraduate curriculum at a four-year college or university. It requires 120 college credit hours, meeting the College Level Academic Skills Test or the alternative, and completing any other degree program requirements. Degrees include:
- Bachelor of Arts - BA
- Bachelor of Science - BS
- Bachelor of Applied Science - BAS
- Bachelor of Fine Arts – BFA
Associates’ Degree – completing a course of study at a two-year college.
- Associate in Arts – AA
- Associate in Science – AS
- Associate in Applied Science – AAS
Certificate Programs – not considered college-level degree programs. They relate to a specific employment area and usually take one year or less to complete.
- Career and technical Certificate - CTC
- College Credit Certificate - CCC
Did you know the facts about education…College graduates earn more than those who do not attain a post-secondary education? Every bit of education you get after high school increases your income potential. Average annual earnings based on education levels are as follows:
High School Diploma
Graduate Degree and beyond
The more education you get, there more likely it is you will always be employed. According to one estimate, by the year 2028, there will be 19 million more jobs for college educated workers that there will be qualified people to fill them.