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The College Board SAT and ACT information

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.

Earning credits before you attend college can lower the cost of your education and improve your chances of graduating on time. This option is not restricted to high-achievers; students from all backgrounds can earn college credits and work toward their degree before officially enrolling. Testing to earn college credit is a great way to lower your education costs. Review the link below to learn more about:

  • How high school students can earn credits through AP classes, IB programs and dual enrollment programs
  • Credit options for nontraditional students, including academic portfolios and DSST exams for military personnel

Click here for more information.

Varsity Tutors offers more than 100,000 professionally-written problems and thousands of distinct practice tests across 150 subjects, including the ACT and SAT. This includes more than 1,200 ACT and more than 1,300 SAT practice tests, as well as useful flashcards, diagnostic tests, and questions of the day. Their system breaks questions apart by pinpointed concepts, thereby allowing students to focus their studies where they need the most improvement. From rational equations with binomial denominators to relative pronoun usage errors, students using Varsity Learning Tools can study the entire ACT or SAT – or just a single concept – all for free online.

The  Parliament Scholars Program realizes that test prep is not available for all students as many cannot afford such an expense. As such, the Parliament Scholars Program  offers underprivileged students with high aptitudes access to free SAT/ACT test prep. There is no cost to apply.

Online Education

In a recent survey conducted by, online learners share their reasons for taking courses online. An overwhelming 65% of respondents cite flexibility as the top reason for pursuing a digital classroom experience, and report less concern about curriculum specifics or access to on-campus activities. While traditional factors such as affordability, academic excellence and delivery format remain major determining factors, survey results suggest a majority of students choose to take courses online because they are more convenient. Why online education? Best Colleges outlines some top benefits of it.

Is online college a good fit for me? Take this quiz provided by Money Geek to discover if online education is a good option for you. Also, discover how online learning is a game changer.

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.

Online College Courses

At Coursera 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.

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.

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, provides free student guides and college search information, along with expert advice from Melissa Venable, PhD, an experienced online instructor and thought leader.

More Resources:

Consumer Affairs – Compare reviews for online colleges with the  Online College Guide


Under-Graduate Level Education Resources

Affordable Colleges In North Carolina

Resources By Degree

DACA RENEWAL INFO – The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Renewal Process was 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.

Graduate Level Education Resources

One-Year & Accelerated Online MBA Programs – Features 96 accredited schools offering online accelerated MBA programs and provides information regarding program duration, available concentrations, and tuition rates. For more information, please click here.

Resources by Degree: 


For information on scholarships, please visit our Scholarships for Hispanic Students  page where you will find a host of scholarship resources, programs and tools.

Educational Opportunities (Internships, Summer Programs, Etc.)

Internship Programs

Raleigh Digital Connector – Application Deadline: July 22nd
Do you enjoy learning about technology? Do you like to teach others about computers? Do you want to improve your community? If you answered yes, apply today to become a Raleigh Digital Connector. As a connector you will be able to: Help others in your community, increase your computer and technology knowledge, learn leadership and life skills, and make new friends and have fun!  The program is open to applicants between 14 and 21 years old, one participant per household, and participants must live in Raleigh City limits. Graduates of the year long program receive $500 and a laptop! To learn more, please visit the program website.

Financial Aid

For information on financial aid, please visit our Financial Aid for Hispanic Students  page where there are resources to help you find ways to pay for higher education, navigate the FAFSA and discover answers to the questions that many students have regarding financial aid.

Undocumented Students

Each year, more than 65,000 undocumented students graduate from high schools in the U.S., but only a fraction continue on to college. For students who want to pursue college, conflicting information about eligibility, legal rights and financial aid can be major barriers. However, higher education is open to undocumented students. Please visit this website for more information about education for undocumented students. It addresses their key concerns such as:

  • Explanation of legal rights, including the DREAM Act and DACA
  • How to find and apply for colleges
  • Financial aid for undocumented students

Article: Undocumented student publishes how-to guide for peers on finding jobs after college. View the article here.

Novelas Educativas

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.
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

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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