For Students

For Students

Prior-learning assessments (PLAs) award college credit, certification or advanced standing for a student’s non-academic experiences and training. Students that participate in PLA testing can use these credits as a shortcut to graduation. Click here for more information.

AFFORDABLE COLLEGES ONLINE – The College Resources and Financial Aid for Hispanic Students includes a close look at a wealth of online and on- and off-campus resources available to Hispanic students, including:

– An updated list of scholarships, grants, and other financial aid options for Hispanic students
– An expanded list of ways students can save money before college
– Information specifically for first-generation college students, and students with other special circumstances
– An updated list of the most affordable Hispanic Service Institutions (HSIs) in the country

Many Hispanic students are the first in their families to go to college, with some even being undocumented or the children of migrant workers. We created this guidebook to show these students that their special circumstances do not exclude them from a college education. Our resource strives to help Hispanic students and their families better understand some of the unique challenges they face and how to overcome them.


North Carolina College Affordability Guide

North Carolina Online Colleges and Scholarships


Affordable Online Colleges

ACCREDITED SCHOOLS ONLINE SEARCH TOOL AND GUIDE – The College Accreditation Tool helps students locate not-for-profit programs, as well as a comprehensive guidebook on accreditation. The College Accreditation Guidebook contains critical information for understanding accreditation holistically, including the benefits of accreditation, types, process, online college accreditation, outcomes, and a glossary of terms for those who are not experts in the field.

Some features include:
– Search fully-accredited, not-for-profit colleges
– Filter by school type, tuition, size, duration (2 year, 4 year), and competition level
– Double click for details on student populations, test scores, acceptance rates, and campus safety
– Map by city and state

The Guide to financial aid for minority students includes an extensive list of scholarships and financial aid resources available specifically for minority students. The guide also includes tips for finding and securing scholarships and other financial aid.

ONLINE COLLEGES IN NORTH CAROLINA – With a focus on emerging trends and developments in online education, has been informing prospective students since 2009. provides free student guides and college search information, along with expert advice from Melissa Venable, PhD, an experienced online instructor and thought leader.

ConsumerAffairs – Compare reviews for online colleges with the  Online College Guide

DACA RENEWAL INFO – The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Renewal Process was recently updated on February 21, 2014. To view frequently asked questions about the updated process, click here.
– Another helpful source for DACA students is
Educational Resources for New Arrivals & DACA Students.

NEW SAT – Collegeboard announced that the SAT will carry on a different format for this year! Click here for additional details.


Me es grato informar que en el marco de las alianzas institucionales que ha fortalecido el IME en la actual administración, la Universidad Abierta y a Distancia de México (UnADM) de la Secretaría de Educación Pública ha confirmado que del 01 de febrero al 15 de marzo de 2015, dará inició el proceso de registro para cursar estudios a nivel superior en la modalidad no escolarizada de la propia UnADM. Dicha modalidad brinda la oportunidad a los mexicanos que radican en cualquier parte del mundo estudiar una de las siguientes 8 licenciaturas y 2 ingenierías:

  1. Licenciatura en Administración de Empresas Turísticas
  2. Licenciatura en Desarrollo Comunitario
  3. Licenciatura en Gestión y Administración de PyME
  4. Licenciatura en Mercadotecnia Internacional
  5. Licenciatura en Gestión Territorial
  6. Licenciatura en Políticas y Proyectos Sociales
  7. Licenciatura en Seguridad Pública
  8. Licenciatura en Matemáticas
  9. Ingeniería en Desarrollo de Software
  10. Ingeniería en Tecnología Ambiental

Cabe destacar que los planes y programas se imparten en idioma español, y los estudios a distancia son accesibles para personas con discapacidad motriz, visual o auditiva. Asimismo, se resalta que la universidad por sus características de gratuidad y brindar educación superior en línea, permite condiciones idóneas para que los mexicanos en el exterior continúen con su formación profesional.

En este sentido, se agradecerá su valioso apoyo para difundir ampliamente entre la población mexicana, esta oportunidad de educación superior. Con este propósito se anexa la Convocatoria correspondiente en la que se detalla la oferta educativa de la UnADM, así como los requisitos para el proceso de admisión e inscripción. La fecha límite para que los aspirantes requisiten la solicitud de registro en el portal de la UnADM: es el próximo 15 de Marzo de 2015. Para obtener mayor información, los interesados podrán dirigirse directamente a:

01-800-11-27-737 (sin costo)

Tel. (0155) 36-01-82-00 extensiones 69235, 69254, 69248, 69242, 69237 y 69277

Mesa de servicio:

Asunto: Público en general. Tema: Oferta educativa/Informes.



2014 Minority Male Mentoring (3MP) Conference – March 16-18, 2014 in Durham, NC
This program invites males who show great potential but lack a support system for navigating a college environment. For conference information and registration, please click here. For hotel reservations and information, click here.

National College Fairs in Charlotte and Raleigh – Learn about colleges and learn some application tips! Click 2014 Charlotte Press Release – Spanish for the fair in Charlotte. Click 2014 Greater Raleigh Press Release – Spanish for the fair in Raleigh.


Educational Scholarships and Financial Aid

For StudentsImportant terms: This financial aid information is provided to you free of charge by NCSHP. Our goal is to provide valuable tools that will help you find the financial assistance you need to successfully complete college. However, please understand that NCSHP does not promise you will receive any award contained on this page. We have made every effort to ensure our financial aid source database is current at the time of release. We do not guarantee that all available sources of financial aid are contained here. Under no circumstances shall, or any affiliated parties be liable or responsible for any problems that may arise due to defects or errors in this website.


Widespread Scholarship for STEM students:

  • $500 towards tuition / education expenses
  • Available to STEM students
  • Must submit essay of 500 – 1,500 words on one of 3 topics (listed on website below)
  • Application deadline January 1 of each year
  • Scholarship awarded by Mar 1 of each year
HeadsetPlus Scholarship, Due December 31, 2015

Click the link for the application:

Scholarships Not Based on Legal Proof [Link]

Scholarship Search Engines

  • GoodCall Scholarship Search Engine [Link]
  • FASTWEB E-Scholarships [Link]
  • Hispanic Scholarship Fund [Link]
  • Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities [Link]
  • Fast Aid Scholarship Search [Link]
  • Finaid: Minority Scholarships [Link]
  • College Foundation of North Carolina [Link]
  • [Link]
  • Hispanic Scholarship Directory [Link]
  • Congressional Hispanic Scholarships [Link]
  • Maldef Scholarships [Link]
Scholarships regardless of immigration status
  • League of United Latin American Citizens National Educational Service Centers, Inc. [Link]
  • LatinoCollege Dollars [Link]
  • Careers and College [Link]
  • North Carolina Community Foundation Scholarships by County [Link]
  • Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities[Link]
  • College Resource Network [Link]
  • Triangle Community Foundation [Link]

Scholarships based on Documentation Status, Career Path and Level of Higher Education (Graduate)

Important Notice: This list is not extensive but will give you a place to start your financial aid search. Remember to consult your high school counselor, your university’s financial aid office, the Internet, and your local library or bookstore. All of these are important sources for information on scholarships and financial aid. Financial Aid for Undocumented Students

  • Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund (Activist) [Link] Student Activist, Undocumented
  • Jack Kent Cooke Foundation [Link]
Scholarships for both undergraduate, transfer and graduate student for documented and undocumented students
  • The NC Society of Hispanic Professionals — North Carolina Hispanic College Fund [Link]
  • Nuestra Juventud – Univision 40- NuestraJuventudapplication2013-2014
  • Maldef Scholarships [Link]
Scholarships regardless of immigration status
  • LAWANC-Merit & Achievement Scholarship for Latin American Students 
Open to all students regardless of immigration status [Link]
  • Tylenol Scholarship [Link] Students interested in healthcare, no US Citizenship required
  • HENAAC Scholarships [Link] 
Hispanic decent, interested in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. No US Citizenship required
  • Student Farm Workers Scholarship [Link]
  • UNIDOS UNIDOS Application2013
  • National Hispanic Health Foundation [Link]
  • Green Pal Entrepreneur Scholarship [Link]
  • Bones Scholars Program [Link]
  • The 2014 Felicia Brewer Opportunity Scholarship [Link]
  • RMHC®/HACER® National Scholarship [Link]
  • MyMortgageInsider Scholarship [Link]

Financial Aid for Documented Students

  • Me Encanta Scholarship, McDonalds [Link]
  • Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarships [Link]
All minorities, Documented
  • Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund [Link] Need based, Documented
  • Carolina Telephone Scholarship, NC Department of Community Colleges [Link] 
All Minorities, Documented
  • NC HispanicCollege Fund [Link]
  • College Scholarships, Graduate Fellowships & Postdoctoral Awards for Hispanic Americans [Link]
  • The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute [Link]

Scholarships and Resources for Undocumented Students

Career Related Scholarships

  • The Minority/Disadvantaged Scholarship Program, American Institute of Architects [Link]
Architecture, All Minorities, Documented
  • American Library Association [Link]
Library Sciences, All Minorities, Documented
  • Fellowship for Ethnic Minorities, American Society of Criminology [Link]
Criminology, All Minorities, Documented
  • Minority Fellowship Program, American Sociological Association [Link]
Sociology, All Minorities, Documented
  • Scholarships in Memory of Ritchie-Jennings, Accounting or Criminal Justice [Link]

2015 OASIS National Scholarship Application Program, Posted April 10, 2015

As part of OASIS’s commitment to the community, we present the 2015 OASIS National Scholarship Program. Last year, OASIS gave out 15 scholarships totaling $22,500. The 2015 OASIS scholarship award is open to graduating High School Seniors who plan to go to a 2 or 4 year College within the United States. See website for details. Anyone that meets these qualifications is welcome to apply.

Scholarship Application Closing (extended): April 30. Announcement of Awardees: by June 11. Payouts made directly to Colleges: by July 27

Apply now:

DESIGN YOUR FUTURE – Win a $1,000 College Scholarship
Are you a creative, motivated individual interested in studying design at one of the New York area’s many design schools? No matter what design discipline you follow, we invite you to present your vision and showcase your knowledge. Students interested in this scholarship are invited to participate in our essay competition. The topic to be explored for this year’s scholarship essay contest is “Today’s Design Trends Across Different Markets.” Click on the link below to learn more information.

The $1,000 Active Calendar Scholarship 2015
At Active Data, we are big believers in higher education, so we started a little college scholarship program to help one student make their college experience more affordable. If you are a college student or are soon to become one, entering is easy. Just write an essay between 500-1,000 words telling us why knowing what’s happening on campus is vital to your success as a student. The winner will be chosen and announced on Thursday, April 30, 2015. Click on link below to learn more information.

$1,000 Accounting Software Scholarship by Corcentric – May 30th, 2015
One of the prevailing issues facing so many young adults in the U.S. is the large student debt they carry upon graduating from college. Saving early through 529 plans and Roth IRA’s are just some of the ways to offset a portion of that debt. Consider what you or your parents did or are doing to prepare for your college education. If you were able to advise young students on this issue, what would you advise them to do? This scholarship is open to currently enrolled full-time college freshmen, sophomores, and juniors, as well as to high school seniors in the United States who will attend college. Click on the link below for more information.

Need-Based Financial Aid and Loan Programs

  • Direct PLUS Loan Program [Link]
  • Perkins Loan Program [Link]
  • Stafford Loan Program [Link]
  • Work-Study Programs [Link]
  • Robert C. Byrd Scholarship Program [Link]
  • Golden Leaf Scholarship [Link] – In order to qualify, the student must be a high school senior or enrolled in a community college. Deadline is March 1, 2014.

Business School

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants[Link]
  • National Society of Hispanic MBAs [Link]
  • AICPA Scholarship for Minority Accounting Students [Link]
Accounting, All minorities, Documented

AmeriQuest Transportation Services Scholarship – Win a $1,000 Scholarship
Students who are studying or are planning to study a technology or business derived major, or a related field or trade, are invited to take part in our $1,000 scholarship essay competition. Whether you know it or not, the transportation industry is suffering from a serious shortage of drivers. This problem has forced the industry to begin reevaluating its practices, hoping to attract a new pool of young, qualified drivers. The topic for this year’s scholarship essay competition is, “What can the transportation industry do to attract a new generation of drivers?” For your essay, take this concept and present your ideas as to how the industry can best market these jobs to young adults and millennials.Click on the link below for more information.

Law School

  • Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund [Link]

Nissenbaum Internet Law Scholarship – May 30th, 2015
The Nissenbaum Law Group, a multi-state law firm with a focus in Internet law, has established the Nissenbaum Internet Law Scholarship. It is geared to undergraduate and post-graduate students of an American scholastic institution. The two winners will each receive a $500 scholarship. The firm may also award non-monetary honorable mention(s). The topic for the scholarship essay is: How can the American legal system improve its approach to policing and regulating digital technology without unduly stifling innovation and civil liberties? Click on link below for more information.


Medical School & Other Health-related fields (e.g., Dental, Public Health, Nursing, and Social Work)

  • American College of Healthcare Executives [Link]
  • American Dental Association [Link]
  • American Dental Hygienists Association [Link]
  • Minority Fellowship Program, American Nurses Foundation [Link]
Nursing, All Minorities, Documented
  • Tylenol Scholarship [Link]
  • US Nursing Jobs.Net [Link]
  • Nurse I am [Link]
  • 2012 Minority Nurse Scholarship Program [Link]
  • Nursing Degree Programs [Link], [Link]
  • Nursing Online Classes College Curriculum [Link], [Link]
  • Information on Scholarships, education courses, certification, and career guides. [Link]
  •  Medical Billing and Coding training programs, scholarships and more. [Link]
  • Nursing Schools in North Carolina [Link]


Science and Engineering

$500 – $10,000 HENAAC SCHOLARSHIP – now open until April 30th, 2015

For information and application click on link below.


Innovations drive progress, economic growth and are the engine that moves patent-driven companies forward. Students who have studied STEM majors have gone on to develop innovations that have materially changed both our work and leisure lives. For this essay, please write about a significant innovation, what benefits it has provided and how you would improve upon it.

Click on the link to learn more about the Reed Tech Scholarship.

Are you interested in furthering your career and life by going to college? Is your dream to become the next Alfred Nobel? Are you looking for ways to cut tuition costs? Students who studying or planning to study in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) major or a related field or trade are invited to take part in our essay competition. Please write an essay about “How innovation affects the science, technology and trade industry” Take this concept and apply it to a field or trade of your choice, explaining how innovation has changed and will continue to change your chosen discipline. Click on the link below for more information.

  • League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) National Scholarship Fund [Link]
  • E7 Fellowship for Sustainable Energy Development [Link]
  • Society for Women Engineers [Link]
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers [Link]
  • Rene Matos Scholarship, National Hispanic Coalition of Federal Aviation Employees [Link]
Aviation, All Minorities, Documented
  • Minority Geoscience Student Scholarship, American Geological Institute [Link]
Geoscience, All Minorities, Documented
  • Transportation Clubs International [Link]
Civil Engineering, Hispanic, Undocumented
  • The American Institute of Chemical Engineers[Link]
Chemical Engineering, All Minorities, Documented
  • Hispanics in Science and Engineering [Link]
Science and Engineering, Hispanic, Documented
  • NACM [Link]
Engineering, All Minorities, Documented
  • APS Minorities Scholarship Program [Link]
Physics, All Minorities, Documented
  • HENAAC Scholarships [Link]
Hispanic decent, interested in science, technology, engineering or mathematics.
  • American Society for Engineering Education [Link]
  • Horticultural Research Institute Scholarship [Link]

Graduate Level Scholarships Only

  • Minority Fellows Program American Political Science Association [Link]
Doctoral studies, Political Science, All Minorities, Documented
  • Robert D. Watkins Minority Graduate Fellowship, American Society for Microbiology [Link]
Doctoral Studies, Microbiology, All Minorities, Documented
  • American Geological Institute [Link]
  • American Association of University Women [Link]
  • Ford Foundation [Link]
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute [Link]
  • National Science Foundation [Link]
  • Jack Kent Cooke Foundation [Link]
  • LAWCNC- Latina Women Scholarship Program [Link]
  • HENAAC Scholarships [Link]
Hispanic decent, interested in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. No US Citizenship required
  • AAUW Fellowships and Grants Program for Women [Link]

Other Graduate Education

  • National Collegiate Athletic Association Ethnic and Women’s Minority Enhancement Postgraduate Scholarship Programs [Link]
  • National Association of Hispanic Journalists [Link]
  • Hispanic Theological Initiative [Link]
  • Affordable Online MBA Programs [Link]
  • Accredited Online MBA Programs [Link] – The site provides a comprehensive and informative resource that sorts out schools with accredited online MBA Programs. When it comes to online MBA programs (or any professional school, for that matter) accreditation is tremendously important. At the graduate or professional school level, there are two levels of accreditation that you must consider. First, the university should be accredited by a regional accrediting body. Second, the business school and the MBA program must have the stamp of approval from an accreditor of the Business Schools. Our resource will provide all these minute details that are often forgotten when looking for a program that fits student needs.

Other Scholarship and Grant Programs


  • UNIDOS Tri-University Scholarship Application [Link]
  • FlightNetwork Essay Scholarship [Link]
  • First Data Western Union Foundation Scholarship or Grant Application [Link]
  • The College Foundation of North Carolina[Link]
  • Military VA Loan – Scholarship is awarded in support of disability awareness. Every year, a student will be selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship to help with the costs associated with attending University or College. The scholarship application can be seen here.
  • 3/4 to Full Scholarships Available for Private, Local University – Any interested students should fill out this intake form.  If you have questions, call (704) 941-2542.  Students should fill out the form and they will then receive a call from our College Access Para Todos coordinator, Jennifer Geyer.
  • Golden Leaf Scholarship [Link]
  • Scholarships for Minority’sClick here for the list.
  • Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship
  • The North Carolina Technology Association (NCTA) is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted (through July 31) for the newly launched Betsy Y. Justus NCTA Founder’s Scholarship, available to North Carolinians meeting the eligibility guidelines.
  • NCSHP – Scholarships Information
  • US News
  • North Carolina Vision Fund: A state financing program administered by the College Foundation for the N.C. State Education Assistance Authority. (800) 600-3453.
  • Nellie Mae: Availability of student loans such as Federal Stafford, PLUS and Consolidation loans as well as nonfederal loan programs.
  • U.S. Department of Education: The Department administers several major student aid programs, including Pell Grants and Stafford Loans, which provide over $42 billion a year to help millions of students pay for the costs of college. Whether you’re ready to apply for financial aid or just interested in more information about the federal student aid programs, the starting point is U.S. Department of Education.
  • National Association of Hispanic Publications (NAHP): The publication (IUSBN 1-889379-18-2) details over 1000 Scholarships that are available to Hispanic students. It also contains helpful information for entering or continuing Hispanic & minority college students. Additionally, you may wish to inform your students that they may want to log on to the following website to do a search (FREE OF CHARGE) that is tailored to their specific situation and needs.
  • Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF): The prestigious HSF has provided financial aid to outstanding Hispanic American students pursuing college degrees for almost a quarter of a century. HSF provides scholarships based on merit, with consideration of financial need, to Hispanic Americans of all races and ethnicities. Qualified applicants are of background that is at least half Hispanic (one parent fully Hispanic or both parents half Hispanic), are a United States citizen or permanent resident, and have already earned at least 15 undergraduate credits at a two-year or four year accredited college or university in the U.S. or Puerto Rico.  HISPANIC SCHOLARSHIP FUND OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCES FUNDS OPEN TO DACA RECIPIENTS: The Hispanic Scholarship Fund announced today that effective        immediately, students with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status are eligible to apply for an HSF General Scholarship at The application will open in January 2015. For more information, click here.
  • THE HNBA & THE HNBA LEGAL EDUCATION FUND  The Fund will award three 3-year scholarships of $7,500 to deserving Hispanic students studying at an ABA accredited law school. Recipients of the scholarship will receive an annual award of $2,500 to support their study of the law.
  • Hispanic first year law students studying at an ABA accredited law school, whether part-time or full-time, are eligible for this scholarship. The award recipients must be enrolled in law school in order to receive the annual award. The application period is now open and closes at12:00 a.m. EST on March 11, 2013. Applications must be submitted through The Fundwebsite. The Fund will announce the winners of the Special Counsel Law School Scholarship Program at the HNBA Annual Corporate Counsel Conference in Atlanta, GA, this upcoming March 13-16, 2013.
    The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund has applications available for student activists who are organizing for social change and building  progressive movements and will be enrolled in school during the 2013/14 academic year.  Our website provides answers to questions about the Fund, the application process, and the students we support.  If you know of students working for peace and justice, or if you have a list of activist contacts, please send this announcement along and refer potential applicants to the Fund s website:<>.
    The maximum grant is $10,000 and may be considerably smaller depending on the applicant’s circumstances and the funding available.  All the funds come from individual donors and there are 25-30 grants awarded each year.  Grants are for one year although students may re-apply for subsequent years.
    Applications and the supporting documents — transcripts, a personal statement, two letters of recommendation, a photograph, financial aid reports — must be postmarked by April 1.  Those selected to receive a grant will be notified in July.
  • Scholarship for Refugees and Immigrants of Wake County Administering Organization – Triangle Community Foundation. Applications can be downloaded here.
  • Suzannah Blackwell Memoral Scholarship- Carolina TESOL provides students attending accredited universities with an endowment designed to recruit and advance students whose first language is not English and/or teacher candidates entering into an ESOL certification program.
  • Better Business Bureau Torch Scholarships –– Applications Due November 29, 2013-  For more information, including an application form, letter of recommendation template, and list of requirements, please visit For assistance, please contact Mallory Wojciechowski at 919-277-4220 or
  • Diamante Scholarship Nominations – Currently accepting Diamante Youth Scholarship applications through August 23, 2013.
  • The Dream Scholarship – Available to any first-time college students who are applying for an associate’s or bachelor’s degree and would like to study at particular universities in California, DC, Florida, New York, and Texas as well as an online option. Application deadline is March 31, 2014.
  • Triangle Community Foundation is accepting applications for the Achievement Scholarship for Refugees and Immigrants of Wake County for the 2015-2016 academic year.  The Achievement Scholarship is available for first-generation U.S. citizens, refugees, or immigrants (legal documentation not required) who are graduating seniors at a high school in Wake County.  To access the eligibility criteria and application instructions, please visit Triangle Community Foundation’s website:
  • Criminal Justice programs, scholarships and career information [Link]

Internship Programs

  • The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute [Link]
  • Presidential Classroom [Link]
  • Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities [Link]
  • Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation [Link]
  • North Carolina Youth Advocacy & Involvement Office [Link]
  • Student Action with Farmworkers [Link]

International Distance Education Option

Universidad Abierta y a Distancia de México (UnAD) – es la consolidación de su presencia, no sólo en el ámbito nacional, sino internacional, en beneficio de mexicanos y mexicanas residentes en Estados Unidos, Canadá, y cualquier otro país.


FAFSA Day can help.

FAFSA Day is a free service offered each February to help North Carolina students and families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.  The FAFSA form is required to determine your eligibility for federal and state grants and other college funding opportunities.

FAFSA Day sites and assistance are made possible in all 100 North Carolina counties by the collaborative efforts of College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC), the NC Association of Financial Aid Administrators (NCASFAA) and State Employees Credit Union (SECU).

  • The 2014 FAFSA Day is Saturday, February 22 from 9 am until noon, at most locations.
  • With numerous host sites located across the state, students and their families can get free, professional assistance completing the FAFSA at a convenient location.

After October 15, 2013, you can click here to find a location near you and register for FAFSA Day.  After that date, you also will find more event information at, including a list of items to bring with you on FAFSA Day.

Signing up as soon as possible after October 15 is to your advantage because you will receive reminders and helpful tips.   If you do not sign up in advance, you can still attend FAFSA Day, but will miss the extra information that is available to help you prepare.

For more information available at no cost to help you plan, apply and pay for college, visit or call 866-866-CFNC (2362).

Mountain of debt? We can help! helps people around the nation eliminate their debts. Get help today!  Visit the website to know more!

College Survival Guide

The project, is a comprehensive and informative resource that allows you to search for colleges and their respective tuition. Please click the link to learn more.

Undocumented student publishes how-to guide for peers on finding jobs after college

Here is the link to the guide itself:


Novelas Educativas

  • Resources Website: please click here!



Get answers to your questions about: immigration, US citizenship, adoption, voting, working, paying taxes, getting a driver’s license, going to college, getting a green card and much more!!!

Advice on How to Pay for Your Education

  • Guidebook English [Link]
  • Guidebook in Spanish (Currently unavailable. Check above link for updates on Spanish version)
  • “College Loans 101″
  • Guide for Undocumented Students [Link]
  • Your Future: A guide to help make your higher education a reality
    Tu Futuro: Una guía para que tu educación superior sea posible
    Created by/creada por Mireille Vargast [Link]
  • Financial Information on Sending Kids to College [Link]

Earn College Credit in High School

Wake County Early Colleges:

Wake Early College of Health and Sciences

2901 Holston Lane Raleigh, NC 27610

Students who are interested in applying to Wake Early College of Health and Sciences MUST complete an application.  The Application deadline expired December 3, 2012 for the 2013-2014 school year.

Wake NC State STEM Early College High School

NCSU Creative Services Building, 1220 Varsity Drive Raleigh, NC 27606

Students apply by completing a paper application and are ultimately selected through a randomized process much like a lottery.

Article on Earning College Credit in High School

Advice on How to Apply for Financial Aid

  • Start early
  • As soon as possible after January 1st:
  • Complete the Free Application for Financial Student Aid (FAFSA) in Spanish [Link]
  • Complete the FAFSA in English [Link]
  • Keep track of application deadlines. Most applications are due between March and April of each year.
  • Contact your school’s financial aid office for school-specific aid
  • Apply directly to foundations and professional societies
  • If you are working and going to school, check to see if your employer has a tuition assistance program

Online College Courses


We believe in connecting people to a great education so that anyone around the world can learn without limits.

Coursera is an education company that partners with the top universities and organizations in the world to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free. Our technology enables our partners to teach millions of students rather than hundreds.

We envision a future where everyone has access to a world-class education that has so far been available to a select few. We aim to empower people with education that will improve their lives, the lives of their families, and the communities they live in.

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

Go to the College Foundation of North Carolina [Link] for answers to:

  • What is student financial aid?
  • What is student financial aid based on?
  • What are college costs?
  • Who pays for college costs?
  • What about need-based grants, loans, and employment?
  • How do I apply for student financial aid?
  • Are there some tips for applying for student financial aid?
  • How is eligibility for need-based aid determined?
  • What are major sources of financial aid?
  • What is a “financial aid package?”
  • What if I have special circumstances or want more aid?
  • How do I compare financial aid packages from different colleges?

What do financial aid administrators do?
Every school that has a financial aid program employs a financial aid administrator (FAA) to watch over and be responsible for the entire aid process at that school. The FAA is a professional, available to help you and your family complete financial aid forms, answer questions, calculate your COA, and determine your financial need. To do this, he or she may ask for documents describing your family’s financial status, such as U.S. income tax returns. If you can show that you have need, your financial aid administrator will try to award you enough aid to meet that need. The financial aid administrator is your best source of information about financial aid programs and application procedures. Don’t hesitate to call with your questions. The FAA is there to help you and your family and their help is always free.

What if I’m not a U.S. citizen, can I still get financial assistance?
Yes. Most aid federal financial aid programs are limited to U.S. citizens or permanent residents. If you are not a U.S. citizen, there are fewer sources of financial aid available. But aid is still available. Most organizations will indicate whether citizenship is required to apply for a scholarship. If you are unsure, you should call the organization directly.

What if my parents are not U.S. citizens, can I still apply for financial assistance?
Yes. You will need to complete the FAFSA and report your parents’ income. If they do not have a U.S. tax return or Social Security number, you should complete the FAFSA but do not attach a tax return. Use your social security number for the application and your parents’ Tax-id number if they have one.

Do I need good grades to get a scholarship?
Good grades help. A GPA of 3.0 or better is required for many scholarships based on academic standing. Other scholarships and loan programs focus mostly on financial need. As long as you meet the general requirements for the scholarship, you should apply.

Do I need to be admitted to a university before I apply for a scholarship?
No. The time required to process a financial aid application is lengthy. Experts recommend that students apply for financial aid at the college or university of their choice even before they actually know whether or not they have received acceptance at that school.

Do I need to be a full-time student to receive financial aid?
No. Most financial aid is available to students who are at least half time.

Where can I go to learn more?

  • College Board [Link]
  • Student Gateway [Link]
  • College Foundation of North Carolina[Link]
  • U.S.NewsEducationCenter[Link]
  • Yo si Puedo ! [Link]
  • The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute [Link]
  • LULAC- League of United Latin American Citizens [Link]
  • Maldef- The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund [Link]
  • School Grants Blog [Link]
  • The College Grants Database [Link]
  • Get Schooled College Assess Tech Report [Link] – This report reviews scholarship opportunities and academic tips for success in applying to college specifically targeted to low-income families.

The NCSHP is indebted to Dr. Krista Perreira, Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina, Department of Public Policy, and member of the NCSHP for developing and compiling this information for students and visitors.

We also acknowledge and appreciate the contribution of Jackie Metivier from Bilingual Communications, Inc. and Yasmin Metivier from Ponoltia Inc, and member of NCSHP in translating this document into the Spanish language.

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