Filemon Vela

Representing the 34 District of Texas

Student Resources


FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

You MUST fill out your FAFSA every semester you are in college to be eligible for financial aid, including scholarships, grants, and loans.  

Federal Student Aid

Overall website to get you started as you begin to prepare for college.

College Affordability and Transparency Center

Allows you to “generate reports” on the tuition and costs of various universities.




Big Future

Scholarships for 1st Generation College Students

Scholarship America

MALDEF- The Latino Legal Voice for Civil Rights in America Scholarship Info



Career One Stop

Job-related information and resources that are useful for all high school seniors--those you want to go to college and those who plan to join the workforce after graduation.

Occupational Outlook Handbook         

Profiles that cover hundreds of occupations and employment projects for 2010-2020.

Spanish Language Career Videos

Spanish language videos for more than 300 careers, organized into sixteen “career clusters.”

Careers in the Military

Explore various career paths in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and National Guard.

O-Net Online

Job research tool.



College Navigator

One of the most extensive and comprehensive sites for researching various colleges and universities.

ACT Majors Map

Interactive map that allows you to learn about, and explore, various majors.

College Scorecard

White House site providing“scorecards” for colleges based on factors such as programs or majors offered, awards, type, cost, location, and enrollment size.

Best Value Colleges Nationwide

10 Tips for Writing the College Application Essay

Gauging a Schools Commitment to Diversity



Texas College & Career

Tools to keep track of your high school courses and credits to ensure you have what you need to graduate; organize test scores, awards and honors; research schools to find the best fit for you; manage and track your applications online; research and apply for financial aid; and plan for your career.

College for All Texans

Provides checklists, financial aid info, transferring tips, Texas core curriculum, planning tool, comparing and deciding on where you want to apply, degree programs.

Apply Texas

A “one-stop shop” for applying to college in Texas - one application can be used for all public universities and community colleges in Texas.


Information on state-wide initiative to help current and future Texas students prepare for college and careers.