College Search Process
Big Future : College Board which runs the ACT and SAT exams is a major organization assisting students transition from high school to college.
https://ctcl.org/ Colleges That Change Lives, Inc. (CTCL) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and support of a student-centered college search process.
https://grownandflown.com/ A survival guide for Parents 😊
https://ldadvisory.com/ An excellent resources for students with learning disabilities
Testing/Resources/Free Test Prep
https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/: AP Exams:
Campus Tours/ Virtual Campus Visit Sites
Campus visits are a very important part the college search process. Contact the admissions office of the interested University. This process can be virtual too thanks to excellent services available
CampusTours – Provides virtual campus tours
YouVisit -- Provides virtual campus tours
Most Colleges are affordable if you do your homework early. The links below provide a starting point information for your financial aid journey.
FAFSA – Free Application for Federal Student Aid (required for all families applying for financial aid)
FinAid– Extensive information about financial aid
CSS/Profile – Additional financial aid form required by many private colleges (administered by the College Board, not free)
There are many opportunities to find financial support for your education.
Fastweb: edu.fastweb.com This is a very good database to find scholarships to fund your education. Please be aware of scams. If a scholarship charges money for their services, more often than not, it is best to stay away from it.
Many Colleges offer full scholarships for deserving students.
Scholarship Experts: www.scholarshipexperts.com
https://www.unigo.com/scholarshipsUnigo Scholarships website offers students an opportunity to search scholarships in a searchable database.
Big Futures: bigfuture.collegeboard.org/scholarship-sear
College Board which runs the ACT and SAT exams is a major organization assisting students transition from high school to college. The site helps students personalize their search for scholarships.
Cappex: www.cappex.com/ This website requires registration, but has a lot of very useful information. Students can create a profile that goes well beyond test scores and grade-point averages that they can share with schools. Cappex, allows you to access Meritaid.com, which provides a valuable directory of scholarships that thousands of schools offer.
https://college-insight.org/: Provides an interesting data-driven tool for college search.
Gap Year/Semester Resources
The number of students waiting to enter college in growing rapidly in the recent years. This website has detailed information about the process. Gap Year Association
US News has a good article about the benefits of a Gap Year. What a Gap Year Is and How it Prepares Students for College | Best Colleges | US News