Higher Education

Local Guidance

Cafécollege serves as San Antonio’s “one-stop-shop” for college access advice, guidance, and workshops. Advisors provide assistance with the following key services:

  • College Admission Assistance
  • Financial Aid Guidance
  • Career Exploration
  • College Applications
  • Advising
  • SAT & ACT Preparation

No appointment is needed and all services are free of charge and available in Spanish to all, including those in middle school, high school, current college students, adults and anyone in-between.

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Good Samaritan Community Services helps young people ages 5-18 acquire the life and academic skills necessary for personal success. A wide variety of activities and services are offered including academic tutoring and enrichment sessions, career exploration field trips, sports and recreational activities, team-building exercises, volunteer and community opportunities, and tours to college campuses. Connect today!

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MEYO’s purpose is to provide an environment that supports personal development, community service, post-high school dedication, and solid character formation. We try to nurture the passions of our participants Monday-Thursday 4-6 pm.

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QUEST Prep is a self-paced program developed by Project QUEST and is led by a professional educator in a dedicated learning center. Group instruction is given in areas identified as deficient in most of the students in a given class. Participants proceed at their own pace in other areas of remediation. The goal is to lift the education level from as low as 6th grade in reading or math to a college level.

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Project STAY is here to help you achieve your academic goals by providing you with information on educational opportunities and assisting you with college admission and applying for scholarships/financial aid. The services are free to qualified high school students in the Edgewood, Harlandale, San Antonio, or South San school districts.

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Online Guidance

Apply for admission to any Texas public university, as well as to participating community and private colleges.

Submit your application essays online.

Apply for scholarships from participating universities.

Search for and view both general and university specific information

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Big Future provides a college search tool, information on how to pay for college, and a college plan maker.

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College for All Texans Provides information for students living in Texas on the college admissions process, making a plan, financial aid, applying, and other helpful information.

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Compare College TX is an interactive, mobile-friendly web tool designed to help users learn more about Texas public universities and community colleges while comparing key measures such as tuition & fees, and completion rates.

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I’m First! is an online community providing first-generation college students—and those who advise them—with inspiration, information, and support on the road to and through college.

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Online tutors ready to provide elementary, high school and college level help with math, science, English, and social studies. Spanish-speaking tutors available. Proofreading for essays and research papers available as well.

Hours are from 2 p.m. to midnight daily.

Practice Lessons, worksheets, study guides and videos available 24/7

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Learning Express Library provides 24/7 online academic and career practice tests and full-texts of test prep books. Areas covered include academic, such as SAT, GRE, GMAT, LSAT; basic skills, civil service, cosmetology, EMS, firefighter, GED, law enforcement, ASVAB, postal services, real estate, and U.S. citizenship. Test score report includes explanation of right and wrong answers.

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Texas Career Check is a free online tool that allows you to explore education opportunites by comparing programs of study and college fit.

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The Texas Consumer Resource for Education and Workforce Statistics (Texas CREWS) is an interactive dashboard tool providing comparative information about Texas public 2-year and 4-year colleges and universities. It evaluates programs and institutions on the basis of wages earned after graduation and student loan levels.

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Adventures In Education (AIE™) is a public-service website developed to help students plan and complete their journey through higher education. By providing free resources to students, parents, counselors, and educators, AIE encourages individuals to discover and pursue educational opportunities.

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Scholarships/Financial Aid

Local

AAUW provides $500 textbook scholarships for women who are attending a college or university in Bexar County and from high school students with an unconditional letter of acceptance to a college or university in Bexar County for the upcoming summer/fall.

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The Hispanic Scholarship Consortium seeks highly motivated student leaders with a clear vision for their future to apply for the HSC Scholars Program. The program goes beyond traditional services and offers empowerment through scholarship, mentorship and leadership and is open to graduating high school seniors, undergraduates and graduate students.

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Since its inception in 2009, the Joci Awards, Las Casas’ annual scholarship competition, has awarded nearly $700,000 in scholarship money to deserving students who excel in the performing arts, making it the largest scholarship funding source of its kind in the United States. Each year, nationally-acclaimed theatre professionals select scholarship winners based on their performances.

Open to grade levels 9 to 12

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The San Antonio Area Foundation holds more than 90 scholarship funds to help students achieve their educational dreams. Graduating high school students planning to attend colleges, universities, and vocational/technical schools throughout the United States receive the majority of these scholarships.

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State

A helpful guide that provides information for students and parents beginning the financial aid process. From an explanation of the challenges surrounding FAFSA to an in-depth look at the many types of financial aid, this is a great reference you can download and print English or Spanish versions as you find your way to pay for college.

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National

CareerOneStop is a free online database that allows you to search more than 7,500 scholarships, fellowships, grants, and other financial aid award opportunities.

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FastWeb is a free scholarship search service that helps students find need-based and merit assistance in addition to jobs and internships.

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Scholarships.com is a free online college scholarship search and financial aid information resource. Requires an email to sign-in.

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Unigo is a free online scholarship matching service and provides a searchable scholarship directory. Requires an email to sign-in.

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Government

Federal Student Aid, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation.

Follow the link to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA). This is typically needed when applying for financial aid at a college or university.

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Federal Student Aid, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation.

Check out the link to learn about grants, loans, and work-study jobs and how they can help fund your education.

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Colleges

The Alamo Colleges consists of five colleges — San Antonio, St. Philip’s, Palo Alto, Northeast Lakeview, and Northwest Vista — offering associate degrees, certificates and licensures in occupational programs that prepare students for jobs, as well as arts and science courses that transfer to four-year colleges and universities and lead to AA and AS degrees.

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The Art Institute of San Antonio offers academic programs in visual design, interior & product design, marketing, animation & effects, film & production, gaming & technology, fashion, and culinary. Associate degrees, bachelor degrees, and diplomas offered.

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The Baptist Health System School of Health Professions offers various associate and bachelor degrees, certificates, and diplomas, using online, blended and traditional classroom settings.

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The College of Health Care Professions provides education, degrees, and career training in the health professions.
The San Antonio location offers Associate degrees in Diagnostic Medical Sonography and Surgical Technology. Other degrees are available online.

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The Culinary Institute of Americas (The CIA) San Antonio offers associate degrees in Culinary Arts and Baking and Pastry Arts. 
A high school diploma or GED credential required.

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Quest college offers Esthetician programs or Medical and Health Care Assisting.

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Public Universities

Texas A&M-San Antonio offers 25 undergraduate degree programs and 11 graduate degree programs under the Colleges of Arts & Science, Business, and Education & Human Development. Several locations.

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The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) is the largest university in the San Antonio metropolitan area. UTSA offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs, in addition to undergraduate and graduate certificates in various subjects.

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The UT Health School of Public Health SARC offers the following academic programs:

  • Master of Public Health (General, Epidemiology, Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences),
  • Master of Science (Epidemiology),
  • Doctor of Public Health (Community Health Practice, Environmental & Occupational Health),
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Epidemiology),
  • Dual degree programs: MD/MPH (with the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio) and MBA/MPH (with the UT-San Antonio College of Business), and Certificate Programs.

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The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio(UTHSCSA) is made up of five schools – the School of Health Professions, the School of Medicine, the School of Dentistry, the School of Nursing, and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences – offering nearly 70 degree specialties. Pre- and post-baccalaureate certificate programs.

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Private Universities

Baptist University of the Américas (BUA) provides a cross-cultural Christian education from the Hispanic perspective. BUA currently offers one associate and five bachelor degree programs in the academic disciplines of: Bible/Theology, Cross-Cultural Studies, Spanish, Music, Business Leadership, or Human Behavior.

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DeVry University San Antonio Campus offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in some of today’s fastest-growing career fields including business & management, engineering & information sciences, health sciences, liberal arts & sciences, and media arts & technology.

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Hallmark University focuses on four academic areas of study: Aeronautics, Business, Healthcare & Information Technology, offering Master’s, Bachelor’s, and Associate’s degrees.

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Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) prepares graduates to transform their communities, families and professions. OLLU offers more than 30 undergraduate majors and minors, 14 master’s programs and two doctoral programs through its College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business and Leadership, School of Professional Studies and the Worden School of Social Service. OLLU offers classes in daytime, evening, weekend and online formats.

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St. Mary’s University (SMU) provides a Catholic education experience that evokes academic excellence while integrating liberal studies, professional preparation and ethical commitment. St. Mary’s offers more than 75 programs, including doctoral and law programs. With a diverse student population of about 3,800 of all faiths and backgrounds, the student/faculty ratio of 12-to-1 permits small classes and promotes active learning.

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Texas Lutheran University (TLU) resides in Seguin, Texas, near San Antonio and Austin. A diverse student body of approximately 1,400 with classes averaging fewer than 20 students provides a sense of community and an environment where individuality and personal growth are as integral to success as rigorous academics. As an institution of the church, TLU provides an education in the arts and sciences that is given perspective by the Christian faith.

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Trinity University is a transformational liberal arts and sciences university offering a rigorous yet flexible curriculum – the optimal blend of liberal arts and professional programs. This includes 47 majors, 59 minors, including five professional programs, and five master’s degrees. Trinity is committed to the highest levels of academic and professional excellence in teaching, research, learning, service, leadership, and personal integrity.

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The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) in San Antonio strives to educate men and women who will become concerned and enlightened citizens with values developed in a Judeo-Christian tradition. UIW is the largest Catholic university in Texas and the fourth-largest private university in the state. UIW offers 80 undergraduate and graduate fields of study, including the Ph.D. in Education and doctoral degrees in pharmacy (Pharm.D.), optometry (OD), nursing practice (DNP), physical therapy (DPT) and business administration (DBA).

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The University of Phoenix – San Antonio Campus offers degree programs tailored to fit the lifestyles of students with external time commitments. The San Antonio Campus has degree programs in business and management; as an undergraduate, you can enroll in the Bachelor of Science in Business program or the Bachelor of Science in Management program for on-campus students.

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Wayland Baptist University – San Antonio offers Associate, Baccalaureate, and Masters degree programs for traditional and non-traditional students with a focus on the adult learner and a commitment to the University’s mission of educating students in an academically challenging and distinctively Christian environment.

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