Resources

Featured on this page are samples of college planning resources, financial aid resources, and career resources available to you. Take some time to explore each site as a way to help you make an informed decision about your future.

  • ACT – test your knowledge with the ACT Question of the Day, take a practice test, or register for the ACT
  • American Indian College Fund – supports Native students’ access to higher education.
  • ASVAB – learn about the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery and take a practice test
  • CampusReel – “see” campuses across the U.S. through the eyes of current students’ video blogs.
  • College Admission: From Application to Acceptance – get answers to your questions about college admissions
  • College Board- Big Future – use this site to research colleges
  • College Completion – search for and compare information about colleges using this site from The Chronicle of Higher Education
  • College Essay Guy – many free resources for students, parents, and counselors on essay writing
  • College Foundation of North Carolina – plan, apply, and learn how to pay for colleges in North Carolina
  • College Navigator – use this site from the National Center for Education Statistics to research colleges
  • College Reality Check – research information about the net price of colleges, graduation rates, and paying off student loans from The Chronicle of Higher Education
  • College Results Online – improve your knowledge of retention and graduation rates from the Education Trust
  • Colleges That Change Lives – learn about 40+ liberal arts colleges with a proven track record.
  • College Week Live – participate in live chat sessions with college representatives
  • CollegeXpress – view this comprehensive site to search for colleges and scholarships, read informational articles, and explore lists and rankings
  • Common Black College Application – apply to multiple HBCUs with one application and one fee
  • Hillel International – explore this site to learn more about the largest Jewish student organization
  • I’m First – learn more about celebrating and supporting first-generation students.
  • Khan Academy – create a free account to access tutorials on many subjects including free preparation for the SAT
  • NCAA Publications – download rulebooks and guides for student-athletes for a variety of sports.
  • Number2.com – try the free test prep for the SAT, ACT, and GRE
  • Power of Liberal Arts – explore America’s smaller private colleges and universities.
  • Public University Honors – investigate this site dedicated to Honors programs at public universities and colleges
  • SAT – register for the SAT, take a practice test, and answer the SAT Question of the Day
  • The College Solution – follow this popular blog by Lynn O’Shaughnessy to learn more about paying for college
  • The Common Application – register for the application used by over 500 colleges and universities
  • Universal College Application – register for the application used by a growing number of colleges and universities
  • Women’s College Coalition – find a women’s college that’s right for you
  • Cappex – research scholarships and learn more about colleges and universities
  • COLLEGEdata – search for colleges and obtain financial info and other facts
  • College Foundation of North Carolina – investigate information about scholarship, grants, and loans for North Carolina students
  • CSS Profile – apply for institutional financial aid; this is a fee-based application
  • Edvisors – download a free copy of Filing The FAFSA;  find valuable financial aid information from national experts
  • EFC Calculator – determine your Estimated Family Contribution using the Federal Methodology (FM) and Institutional Methodology (IM)
  • FAFSA – register for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid
  • FAFSA4Caster – receive an estimate of your federal financial aid eligibility.
  • Fastweb – fill out your profile and register on this national database for scholarship opportunities
  • Federal Student Aid – learn about financial aid available from the federal government and view resources on the FAFSA
  • FinAid – view this comprehensive website created by Mark Kantrowitz, a leading financial expert 
  • Hispanic Scholarship Fund – learn more about scholarship opportunities and other resources for Hispanic and Latino students
  • RaiseMe – earn college scholarships at more than 250 colleges by documenting your achievements.
  • Scholarship Points – earn points to win scholarships
  • Scholly – research scholarships on this app featured on Shark Tank
  • TuitionTracker – view trends in sticker price vs. net price
  • UNCF – apply for scholarships through the largest private minority provider of scholarships
  • Unigo – register for personalized scholarship results

Books

  • College Success for Students with Disabilities: A guide to finding and Using Resources, with Real-World Stories by Irene Ingersoll
  • Crazy U : One Dad’s Crash Course In Getting His Kid Into College by Andrew Ferguson
  • Her STEM Career: Adventures of 51 Remarkable Women, Book 1 by Diane Propsner
  • Let the Journey Begin: A Parent’s Monthly Guide to the College Experience by Jacqueline Kiernan MacKay and Wanda Johnson Ingram
  • The Financial Aid Handbook: Getting the Education You Want for the Price You Can Afford by Carol Stack and Ruth Vedvik
  • The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges Are Failing Disadvantaged Students by Anthony Abraham Jack
  • The Truth About College Admission: A Family Guide to Getting In and Staying Together by Brennan Bernard and Rick Clark
  • The Years That Matter the Most: How College Makes or Breaks Us by Paul Tough
  • Toward College Success: Is Your Teenager Ready, Willing, and Able? by P. Carol Jones and Patricia Wilkins-Wells
  • You’re On Your Own (But I’m Here If You Need Me): Mentoring Your Child During the College Years by Marjorie Savage

Blogs

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