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K-12 Resources

A) Student (Campus Gateway)

  • English
    Welcome to the HACU Campus Gateway!  This Web site is provided in partnership with SallieMae to benefit our membership and the community.  We hope this site will provide you with useful information as you prepare for college. 

The most important thing to remember is that the time to begin planning for college is NOW!  Whether you’re a student entering the 1st grade or a senior about to graduate from high school, finding the right path for you requires planning.  To start your personalized road to a college education, please click on the link below.

  • Spanish
    Bienvenido al Portal del Campus de HACU.  Este sitio fue creado en colaboración con SallieMae como beneficio para nuestra comunidad y nuestros afiliados.  Esperamos que en este portal encuentre la información necesaria durante su preparación para ingresar a la universidad.

Hay que recordar que el tiempo más importante para comenzar la planeación para asistir a la universidad es ¡AHORA!  Encontrar el camino correcto requiere planeación ya sea como estudiante del primer año de primaria o como aquellos listos para graduarse de la preparatoria.  Le invitemos a empezar su planeación para su educación superior siguiendo el vínculo a continuación:

B) Professional Development/Associations




C) U.S. Department of Education Resources

  • No Child Left Behind Web site
    Resources and information for parents and educators.  Read and subscribe to the Achiever newsletter.


  • Federal Student Aid Information Center
    General information about student financial assistance programs, such as Pell Grants and student loans.  Questions about the application process, status of loans and location of lenders.  Information on teacher loan forgiveness.

Financial aid publications:  Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); Funding Your Education; The Student Guide

1-800-4-FED-AID* (1-800-433-3243)
TTY: 1-800-730-8913

  • Teacher Quality Web site
    Effective practices and initiatives at state and local levels.  Teacher-oriented events and workshops.  E-mail updates for teachers.

Online professional development:

More teaching resources available online at Federal Resources for Educational Excellence Web site:

  • Education Resources for Spanish Speakers
    Frequently asked questions about education at all levels:

D) National Survey of Student Engagement

  • A Pocket Guide to Choosing a College: Are You Asking the Right Questions?
    This guide helps prospective college students and their families think more about what questions they might ask institutions they are considering during the college decision-making process.

Web site:

E) My College Options 


  • Developed by professionals at the National Research Center for College & University Admissions with almost 40 years of experience in linking high school students with colleges and universities, My College Options® connects students to 2,000 colleges and universities nationwide and has almost 5.5 million students already enrolled.  This unique system of matching students with the colleges and universities that are right for them will play a large role in helping students reach their postsecondary goals.

Web site:

F) Latin American Educational Foundation

  • LAEF has established itself as a leader in meeting the higher education needs of Hispanic students. For more than 57 years LAEF has awarded over 5,000 scholarships totaling over $5,000,000.  Our recipients successes are seen throughout the community. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, LAEF generates funds from corporations, foundations and individual contributors.


G) Peterson's


  • Peterson’s and the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) are partnering to make education accessible for all.  For over five decades, Peterson’s has been a part of student success by providing products and services that guide students and their families throughout the pre-college, in-college, and post-college journey. When you need information to help pick the best school for you, tips and strategies for test prep, insight on the college admission process, navigating student loan options, searching for scholarships, or just want information on what college life is like, Peterson's is your final stop. Peterson’s offers students educational content to help maximize learning and opportunities for success.  Join the millions of people who use Peterson’s every day.



H) HACU Annual Conference Sessions

  • 20th Annual Conference (2006)
    As part of its 20th Anniversary, HACU publicly launched its new HSSD initiative and for the first time included as part of its conference schedule a Roundtable discussion geared at Hispanic-Serving School Districts.  This first-ever HSSD Roundtable Discussion introduced successful collaborations between K-12 and higher education institutions with large/significant Hispanic enrollment.  The discussion addressed Hispanic higher education success through innovative initiatives, including international collaboration.

Below please find links to the presentations from this Roundtable.

  • 21st Annual Conference (2007)
    The HSSD Roundtable Discussion held at the 21st Annual Conference featured successful collaborations between Hispanic-Serving Institutions and Hispanic-Serving School Districts and provided an overview on the need for P-20 partnerships. 
    Collaborations featured included the San Antonio City South P-16 Partnership between the Texas A&M System, East Central ISD, Southside ISD and Southwest ISD.  With the help of other University System components, they implement 5 programs within the city.  They include Leadership Development; English Language Learners and the Family Community Program; Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Program; the Pre-K Committee and Family/Parent Community Involvement program.

The second collaboration highlighted was between Austin ISD and Austin Community College.  While most partnerships are limited to the Admissions and Financial Aid Departments, Austin ISD has developed several relationships between their schools and Austin Community College (ACC).

Below please find links to the presentations from this Roundtable.

  • 29th Annual Conference (2015)
    This year’s conference promises to be an exciting event that will include workshops and a roundtable dedicated to addressing issues affecting K-12 education.  The 22nd Annual Conference will identify and highlight the individual components necessary for a successful HSI/HSSD partnership that focuses on creating a college-going culture.

    For this purpose, HACU is defining a college-going culture as a collection of school expectations, values, and activities that comprehensively supports a vision that college is a right of all students.  A college-going culture supports all activities leading to a postsecondary education for all students and provides the necessary reinforcement needed by students to achieve their goals.

Panelists will address topics including:

  • State Support - How can we involve leaders at all levels in establishing policies, programs and practices that sustain college-going cultures?  How do we ensure that all underserved students are fully prepared to enroll and succeed in college?
  • Community Involvement - How do we embrace social, cultural, and varied learning styles when developing the environment and activities at the school?
  • Educational Partnerships - How do we provide a range of high-quality, college-preparatory tools for students and families?

If you are interested in the presentations from this year’s HSSD Roundtable, please check our website after the conference.  We will add any of the presentations available in late October or early November.