Education

College and Career Resources - International Residents

COLLEGE PREPARATION
Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA)
The Texas Application for State Financial Aid is the application for anyone who is not U.S. Citizen, but is still classified as a Texas Resident. It is free and students will be made eligible for financial aid from Texas.

AFTER SCHOOL
Alliance for Multicultural Community Services
This center offers a variety of programs for refugees and immigrants who qualify.  These include: Community Employment and Training, Youth Empowerment Programs, Refugee Transportation Program, and Immigration Counseling.

Amaanah Refugee Services
The Amaanah Refugee center helps refugee students with specialized support and attention to further the child’s development in a safe, fun and exciting environment.

Self-Help for African People through Education (S.H.A.P.E.) Community Center
The Self-Help for African People through Education Community Center helps to improve the quality of life for people of African descent. They have many children, youth and family programs to offer. There are After-School Enrichment Programs, Summer Enrichment Programs, and Parent Support Group Programs.

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
This Archdiocese serves the Greater Houston Area. Many of their services help immigrants and refugees to receive an education and find a job. Their services include: coordination of school enrollment for children; health checkups; financial assistance; after school literacy and skills training services and job development, placement, maintenance and career laddering assistance. 

PARENTAL ENGAGEMENT AND EDUCATION
AVANCE Early Childhood and Parent Program
AVANCE helps all members of the community and has a variety of programs to help aid parents and their children in building good relationships and increasing the parent’s role in their child’s education. The programs offered are: Fatherhood, Parent & Child Education, Early Head Start, Head Start, English as a Second Language (ESL), Adult Basic Education (ABE)/ General Equivalency Diploma (GED), and Computer classes.

Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston
Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston provides the following services to newly arrived refugees: Housing, English classes, Cultural Orientation, Document Application, School Enrollment, and Job Placement.

The Association for the Advancement of Mexican Americans (AAMA)
Adelante Adult Literacy helps to advance the lives of at-risk youth and families. They offer free English as a Second Language (ESL) programs, Adult Basic Education (ABE), General Equivalency Degree (GED), Computer Literacy, Citizenship classes, and workforce certification in the following areas: Air Conditioning Technician, Plate and Pipe Welding, Computer Administrative Assistant. They also provide free day care to qualifying students, job search assistance, and gently worn business attire for graduates entering the work force.

Houston Center for Literacy
This center offers several free courses, including: English as a Second Language (ESL), Adult Basic Education (ABE) and General Equivalency Degree (GED) preparation, Financial Literacy, Workplace Literacy, Distance Education – ABE and ESL internet based courses, Literacy Helpline, and in different locations by different providers.

Literacy Advance of Houston
This center offers Adult Basic Education (ABE) and English as a Second Language (ESL) courses for free. They also offer a variety of special classes for registered students that include: conversation courses, computer skills, workplace skills, and more.