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Coursera- Enroll in free courses to learn about college and college life. To register for Coursera, visit the link above and you will be redirected to the California State Library's Career Pathways website. 

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Learning Express-Explore Learning Express' college prep materials and practice tests.

Helpful Online Articles

Applying for college

TheBestSchools- We'll cover the process of applying to college in more depth. We'll help you check all the right boxes and maximize your chances of getting into your dream school. 

College Board-Here are answers to a few of the most commonly asked questions about applying to college.

Coursera Blog-Applying to college can seem overwhelming at first. Fortunately, the process is generally standard across most colleges and universities in the US. Breaking the process down can give you a clearer mental picture of what you need to do, and when. Here’s a guide to common requirements, and a step-by-step breakdown of what you’ll need to do to apply to college.

USA News-Find answers to common questions prospective college students have about deadlines, essays and more.

Choosing a major

College Board Blog-Choosing a college major can be hard. Some students have known what they wanted to be since they were three years old; others aren’t sure, even with college right around the corner. Whether you’re already in college or you’ve just started applying, here are some tips to finding the major that’s right for you.   

The Princeton Review-We know that choosing a college major can be overwhelming. But have no fear! Your choice of major will not lock you into a specific career for the rest of your life. That said, you WILL spend a lot of time whatever subject you choose. Here’s what you need to know about college majors before you commit.

USA News-Choosing a major is one of the most important decisions a college student can make. Ideally, a college major can open doors into the workforce and help pave the way to a high-paying job and fulfilling career. As major life decisions go, choosing what to study in college isn't to be taken lightly. Prospective students should be aware of how majors will position them for their desired industry and how earnings may vary by field over the course of a career. Read on for expert advice on how to decide on a college major.

Paying for college

Asia Pacific Fund- To apply for a scholarship administered by the Asian Pacific Fund, please review the complete eligibility criteria for each scholarship program, and download the application for the program(s) for which you are eligible.

College Scholarships for Asian American Youth-Beyond state and federal student assistance, private organizations and corporate entities engage in educational philanthropy that benefits college students – including Asian Americans. Not only do programs exist specifically for students of Asian heritage, but these types of aid benefit Asian students as well.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau-Have a financial aid offer? We'll help you plan to finish your program with debt you can afford.

Financial InTuition Podcast- Learn tips and strategies on how to make more informed financial decisions around managing money, saving and paying for higher education, and repaying student loan debt.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)-Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form allows you to be considered for federal student aid. In addition, states and colleges use FAFSA information to award their own grants, scholarships, and loans.

Gates Millennium Program-The goal of the GMS program is to promote academic excellence and to provide an opportunity for outstanding minority students with significant financial need to reach their highest potential by: Reducing financial barriers for African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American and Hispanic American students with high academic and leadership promise who have significant financial need.

Minority Scholarships-minority scholarships are aimed at supporting students from underrepresented racial backgrounds including African American, Hispanic, Asian American, and Native American students. Some of these scholarships will also support first-generation college students and students from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds.