College and Career Resources

Transitioning to a 2- or 4-year college or a career is an exciting time, but is also filled with many questions. The resources listed below will provide answers to many of your questions no matter if you’re a high school student, recent high school graduate, first generation college student, or transfer student.

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Find the Right College for You

College/University Scorecard

The College Scorecard is designed to increase transparency, putting the power in the hands of the public — from those choosing colleges to those improving college quality — to see how well different schools are serving their students.

College Navigator

Browse/search institutions of higher education to learn more about their enrollment, programs/majors, graduation rates and much more.

Community College Review

Browse, search and compare community colleges to make an informed enrollment decision.

Browse an online list of the best colleges that offer free tuition with assistance on how to apply.

Go on a Virtual Tour!

So you’ve researched some colleges/universities, now let’s take a look at them.

Over 1,300 colleges/universities with 360° tours

Take guided 360° virtual tours of colleges/universities



Enroll in College

The Common Application

More than 600 Colleges. One Application.

Common Black College Application

One Application to 44 HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities). If you attend a high school in Mobile County, ask your counselor how to have the application fee waived.


Paying for College

Now the reality of it all is sinking in and one big questions looms…how will I pay for college? The following links will provide you with common ways to pay for college.

College Data: Your Online College Advisor

Provides a variety of sources to finance college education

Free Application for Federal Student Aid…FAFSA

Your source to federal grants, loans and work-study funds

Get Educated: How to Fill Out the FAFSA

A Resource Guide to completing the FAFSA


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Career Exploration

Not sure if college is the path for you, the resources below will guide you through career exploration


Your source for career exploration, training and jobs sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor

Best Beauty Schools for 2017

ConsumerAffairs’ listing of Best Beauty Schools

Alabama Career Planning System

Provides the tools you need for career exploration, training and portfolio building


Quality job training for local industry

Mobile Works

Access to local jobs and training

Alabama Career Center

Your source for finding jobs in Alabama

Degrees for Mental Health Professionals

A guide that outlines the different career paths one could follow in the behavioral health field, as well as the types of degrees and what one would earn.


Mobile is selected as on of 75 cities by Lumina Foundation to increase the U.S. post-secondary attainment rate to 60% by 2025…Goal 2025.

The purpose of the Lumina Community Partnership for Attainment is to increase the number of post-secondary degrees/credentials attained to 75,000 by 2030. 75,000 Degrees is not just MAEF’s goal, it’s Mobile’s goal for creating a stronger community and workforce through higher education.