One of my goals is to provide resources you can use to learn about applying to college, funding a college education, and standardized testing. Below is a list of some of those links. Remember, even if you are a sophomore or junior, it’s not too early to begin exploring the process. Knowledge is power!
www.collegeboard.com: Does everything from registering and preparing you for the SAT to doing a college search. Want a Division 3 men’s baseball program in New York that offers an advertising major and is located within 10 miles of Syracuse? Collegeboard will do that and much more.
www.act.org: Besides allowing you to register for the ACT, this Web site quickly and easily allows you to figure out your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) for financial aid calculations.
www.finaid.org: Gives you a much more detailed analysis of your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and financial aid options. For example, it will analyze your financial need through the “Federal Methodology” calculating your EFC—first, and then it will calculate your need using a formula that many private universities and colleges use.
www.fastweb.com: Tons of information about all things college for high school students, college students, and parents. If you’re interested in receiving information about scholarships, after you fill out a personalized information form, it plugs you into a database of thousands of scholarships. As new scholarships are added to their site that match your profile, you receive automatic e-mail updates.
www.fairtest.org: Don’t do well on standardized tests? This website includes a list of colleges and universities that do not use or de-emphasize standardized tests in their admissions process. More than 400 colleges are on this list.
www.commonapp.org: This website will save you a lot of time and aggravation. Over 450 colleges and universities that have agreed to use a standard, common application are listed here.
www.princetonreview.com and www.petersons.com: Two websites with an abundance of information about how to prepare for college.
www.fafsa.ed.gov: The US Department of Education site allows you to submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form online. It’s fast and easy, so take advantage of it.
www.studentaid.ed.gov: An excellent site sponsored by the US Department of Education that reviews the whole college process from A-Z.