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College Application/Financial Aid

The Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success is a group of more than 140 distinguished colleges and universities across the U.S. that joined together to increase students’ access to higher education. Our diverse member schools are unified in their mission to support lower-income, under-resourced, and/or first-generation students; to provide responsible financial aid; and then bolster students’ success in college–and beyond.

Provides free information and resources to support all tests and products produced by ACT, as well as great college info. Offers resources for educators, parents, and students. Some ACT products are also available for purchase

Find free wage and employment trends, occupational requirements, state-by-state labor market conditions, millions of employer contacts nationwide, and the most extensive career resource library online.

A free college search engine with over 8,000 colleges in their database. Provides detailed information on colleges and has easy to use tools to match your profile to a college.

Free virtual tours of hundreds of colleges and universities.

The College Board website provides free information on all tests and products produced by the College Board, as well as great college information. The College Board also offers some products and services for a fee.

The college selection search tool helps find any school in the country, provides basic information about the school, and links to the school’s website.

A consortium of colleges and universities dedicated to supporting students who are minority, from the inner-city and/or from a low income family to stay in high school and graduate from college. They provide free information and the opportunity for students to make a personal connection with the colleges and universities in the consortium.

College Results Online (CRO) is an interactive, user-friendly web tool designed to provide policymakers, counselors, parents, students, and others with information about college graduation rates for nearly any four-year college or university in the country.

Free website designed to connect students to colleges/universities in an interactive way. Students can visit virtual college fairs and gather information on admission, financial aid, housing, etc., by chatting live with admission counselors and university students.

Common college application for more than 400 (mostly) selective, independent colleges and universities

Free Application for Federal Student Aid; this is the site to apply for financial aid online

Free scholarship and college resources to assist students and parents with all aspects of applying to college. Fastweb utilizes matching technology to give students a list of possible scholarships they may qualify for based on their profiles.

HACU represents more than 300 colleges and universities committed to Hispanic higher education success in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Latin America, and Spain.

The website for the 100+ historically black colleges and universities sorted by state, size, tuition, conference and ranking.

Test prep and college comparison information. Offers some free information and fee-based resources.

The NCAA website provides important information for the student athlete and educators about NCAA requirements.

The National Survey of Student Engagement College Student Report gathers information about students’ college experiences, including their views about the quality of their education and ways they spend their time, directly from students via survey.

The OPE Campus Security Statistics website lists reported criminal offenses for more than 6,000 colleges and universities in the United States.

Free information about colleges and universities, career schools, graduate programs, distance learning, executive training, private secondary schools, summer opportunities, study abroad, financial aid, test preparation, and career exploration.

Based on John Holland’s theory of vocational choices. For a fee, students can take tests that help them find the right career path and learn about jobs that fit their personality types.

This site is written by students for students. It includes reflections about college life on hundreds of campuses, along with articles on dorm life, cutting textbook costs, and What I wish I had known before going to college, etc.

Offers numerous free publications, PowerPoint presentations, and posters on financial aid and college preparation. Many of the resources are available in English and Spanish (some resources are also available in Braille).

A resource for the college application process, covering school selection, financial aid, test prep, admissions, applications, campus visits, and tuition.

Fee-based site; provides schools with a variety of resources and services to guide students through all stages of preparing for college (comparison, selection, application, admission, financial aid, etc.).


The Freshman Survival Guide: Soulful Advice for Studying, Socializing, and Everything In Between by Nora Bradbury-Haehl and Bill McGarvey

Countdown to College: 21 ‘To Do’ Lists for High School by Valerie Pierce and Cheryl Rilly

Teens’ Guide to College & Career Planning (Teen’s Guide to College and Career Planning) by Justin Ross Muchnick

1001 Things Every College Student Needs to Know: Like Buying Your Books Before Exams Start by Harrison, Harry H., Jr.

Preparing for College: Practical Advice for Students and Their Families by John J. Rooney and John F. Reardon

The College Bound Organizer: The Ultimate Guide to Successful College Applications by Anna Costaras and Gail Liss

How to Win at College: Surprising Secrets for Success from the Country’s Top Students by Cal Newport

Preparing For College: Nine Elements of Effective Outreach (Suny Series, Frontiers in Education) by William G Tierney and Zoe B Corwin

College Prep 101: Basic Guidance in Preparing for College by Luis M. Rodriguez

What Excellent Community Colleges Do: Preparing All Students for Success by Joshua S. Wyner and Anthony P. Carnevale

The College Bound Organizer: The Ultimate Guide to Successful College Applications by Anna Costaras and Gail Liss

The Naked Roommate: For Parents Only: A Parent’s Guide to the New College Experience: Calling, Not Calling, Packing, Preparing, Problems, Roommates, … Matters when Your Child Goes to College by Harlan Cohen

Beyond the Skills Gap: Preparing College Students for Life and Work by Matthew T. Hora and Ross J. Benbow

The Her Campus Guide to College Life: How to Manage Relationships, Stay Safe and Healthy, Handle Stress, and Have the Best Years of Your Life by Stephanie Kaplan Lewis and Annie Chandler Wang

Pre-College To Do List: A guide for families preparing for the college application and scholarship process! by Khalilah Hall

College Admission: From Application to Acceptance, Step by Step by Robin Mamlet and Christine VanDeVelde

Ready for Take-Off: Preparing Your Teen With ADHD or LD for College by Maitland, Theresa E. Laurie, Ph.D. and Patricia O. Quinn

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