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Career Exploration and Self-Assessments, Information about Majors: What to Study? Informal Assessments
- Occupational Outlook Handbook
- MyRoad from The College Board
- CareerOneStop – Sponsored by the US Department of Labor and called CareerOneStop because of its universality of purpose
College Search and Applications Process:
- Colleges that Change Lives
- United Negro College Fund – Includes scholarship information
FAFSA- Free FAFSA Web Resources
- Start with the People Who are Responsible for the FAFSA– Estimate your eligibility for federal student aid by completing the FAFSA4caster. You can also print out the FAFSA on the Web Worksheet to help you get your information organized before you start the application.
- Federal Student Aid-Filling Out the FAFSA– Download the Complete FAFSA for a detailed guide to completing the application
- NerdScholar– NerdWallet has a FAFSA tutorial along with guides for various family situations.
- Khan Academy– paying for college section that includes a video walk-through of the FAFSA.
- The Ultimate FAFSA Guide– This is a one-stop explanation for everything FAFSA.
- Edvisors– The FAFSA Help Guide takes you through filling out the FAFSA by showing each screen of the online application. (You have to fill out contact information to get the PDF version)
- EducationQuest FAFSA Tutorial
- Step Up to Higher Education Utah– Video walkthrough available on YouTube.
- National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA)-Download the PDF on FAFSA Tips and Common Mistakes to Avoid.
- FAFSA The How-To Guide for High School Students
- Form Your Future (FAFSA completion events) – The National College Access Network has taken over the College Goal Sunday program. The website links to resources and events in each state (it’s easy to miss, look at the bottom of the page.) State Resources- Some states have agencies that provide assistance in completing the FAFSA.
- Students can use the chat at Federal Student Aid and New York Higher Education Services Corporation to get their questions answered.
- Financial aid webinars: EducationQuest, Mapping Your Future, StudentChoice, and BigFuture. (Just search the web for “FAFSA webinars.”)
- Paid FAFSA Preparers – As when completing your taxes, families can choose to pay a preparer to complete the FAFSA. Be aware that they can be complete for free.
- The Top Ten Ways A FAFSA Is Like A Colonoscopy.
- Ultimate Guide For Helping College Students Overcome Student Debt
- Information for international students
- MoneyGeek – How to get a degree without debt: A Guide for College Students
- Education USA – website from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and has everything you could ever want to know about studying in the United States, including finding a school for undergrad or graduate education, Fulbright programs, scholarships, visas, and the application process. It’s a one-stop shopping site.
- AMIDEAST – is a non-profit organization that helps international students to study in the United States. They offer educational advising services, English-language instruction, access to Fulbright scholarships, administration of the YES program for high school exchange students, and in some locations, administration of TOEFL exams. They have offices throughout the Middle East and work in coordination with the U.S. Department of State.
- Education USA Testing – is the link for an explanation of the TOEFL exam, including those who can apply for a waiver if they have been educated in English.
- Educational Testing Service for the English – The official site from the Educational Testing Service for the English language test used in college admissions
- Exam Practice – free online TOEFL exam test practice
- Exam Practice – free online TOEFL exam test practice
- International Scholarships – This website provides scholarship information for international students. Search awards by award type, location, country, the field of study.
- Funding Us Study – extensive database of scholarships maintained by the International Institute of Education (IIE). International students can find scholarships based on the field of study, region, location in the US, or by name of the scholarship program
- NAFSA-financial aid for international students
- Resources for International Students – Lists a variety of resources for international students such as international student loans, travel, phone cards, insurance, tax returns, scholarships, etc.
- Homestay Placement – Homestay placement programs for international students in Northern California, Southern California, and Hawaii
- US Department of State – U.S. Department of State website for international student visas
- US Immigration System Student Process Steps: How to Navigate the U.S. Immigration System – this is a step by step guide
Learning Disabilities, Special Education, and Disabilities:
- http://www.wrightslaw.com/idea/art.htm – Provides important information one should know when dealing with the legal rights of special needs children.
- http://seriweb.com/ – Site with numerous sites for special education and learning disability support.
- http://www.ldonline.org/lavoie/Education%92s_Most_Damaging_%93Urban_Legend%94 – ”Education’s Most Damaging Urban Legend”, This article, by Rick Lavoie, dispels the myth that kids won’t get help with their work once they get to college. The article takes a look at the various learning support centers available on college campuses today.\
Online Colleges that are Accredited:
- http://www.clearinghouse.castategearup.org/parents/details/colAwareness/parents/ – Gear Up resources clearinghouse offers a parent college awareness menu.
- www.collegeparents.org – “College Parents of America (CPA) is the only national membership association dedicated to helping parents prepare and put their children through college easily, economically, and safely. CPA is a resource, advisor, and advocate for more than 32 million households with parents of current and future college students throughout the U.S.”
SAT/ACT Tests and Preparation:
- http://www.collegeboard.com – Official website for the SAT
- http://www.act.org – Official website for the ACT
- http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/psat/about.html – Official website for information about the PSAT
- http://www.saab.org/saab_org.cgi – Site contains links to practice tests for SAT tests and drills, Math tests and drills, and Vocabulary tests and drills.
- http://www.majortests.com/sat/ – Contains practice tests, strategies, help for understanding the tests
- http://www.4tests.com/exams/examdetail.asp?eid=6 – Access to a huge variety of sample and practice tests; free
- www.inspirica.com – Personalized fee-based SAT and ACT prep
- https://www.niche.com/colleges/scholarships/ – formerly known as College Prowler
- http://www.fastweb.com – Is a comprehensive scholarship search engine
- http://scholarships.fatomei.com/school.html – A list of scholarship options for the K-12 levels
- http://www.collegescholarships.org – View scholarships by student type, degree, subject, state, athletic, minority, etc.
/pay_scholarship_search.jsp – Free scholarship search site created by Sallie Mae
- http://www.collegescholarships.org/financial-aid/ – Student Financial Aid Search Engine: Find & Apply for Financial Aid to Pay for College
- http://societyofwomenengineers.swe.org/index.php/swe-scholarships – Society of Women Engineers Scholarship Program
- https://vfwauxiliary.org/scholarships/young-american-creative-patriotic-art-contest/ – VFW Auxiliary’s Young American Patriotic Art Contest
- http://www.rankinfoundation.org/students/eligibility/ – Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund
- http://diabetesscholars.org/college-scholarship/ – Diabetes Scholars Foundation
- http://www.cksf.org/index.cfm?Page=Scholarships – Common Knowledge Scholarship Competition