TX College Guidebook - Spring Semester 2019 - Page 101



BIG FUTURE
BigFuture is the most popular online college planning site
Created by the College Board™, BigFuture is an attractive, easy to navigate platform
for college planning. We provide a direct link to each Texas college’s BigFuture profile
landing page. With “how-to” videos and several tools, the free site provides a stepby-step approach to help you find a college that’s a good fit. The search feature is
especially powerful.
Caution: Your Privacy & Inaccurate Dates
While it is completely free to use, students and families should carefully consider the
personal information the College Board sells to third parties, including colleges. We
recommend using an alias and secondary email account when using BigFuture. We
provide more tips about protecting your privacy on our website: Post2.org .
We also discovered several inaccurate application deadlines and other discrepancies
with some of their data. Only rely on deadlines provided by colleges!
COLLEGE SCORECARD
Compare the cost and value of universities
Launched in 2015 by the U.S. Department of Education, the College Scorecard is
an online tool for consumers to compare the cost and value of higher education
institutions in the U.S. It displays data in five areas: cost, graduation rate, employment
rate, average amount borrowed, and loan default rate.
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