Resources

Having resources at your fingertips to help you navigate the college planning process is a must. Below are just a few of the many that you should bookmark.

College Planning

College Navigator – National Center for Education Statistics (www.nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator)

  • A federally maintained website featuring current admissions, retention, graduation, and financial aid data on colleges and universities throughout the Country.
  • Contains a user friendly school search engine which provides a list of colleges and universities based on criteria you input.

Testing/Test Registration

FairTest — The National Center for Fair & Open Testing  (www.fairtest.org)

  • Nonprofit working to end the misuses and flaws of standardized testing and to ensure that evaluation of students, teachers and schools is fair, open, valid and educationally beneficial
  • Maintains an up-to-date list of over 800 colleges and universities that do not use the SAT or ACT to admit substantial numbers of applicants to undergraduate degree programs

www.collegeboard.org

  • Provides detailed information by college
  • “Go To” site for information on PSAT, SAT, SAT IIs, and AP Exams
  • Registration site for the SAT, SAT II Subject Tests
  • Provides free practice for the SAT and SAT II Subject Tests

www.act.org

  • Curriculum and standards based tool designed to assess readiness for college
  • Provides information on preparing for college
  • Registration site for the ACT Exam
  • Has surpassed the SAT nationwide in terms of numbers of students taking the exam for college admission purposes

Applications

Every college and university has their own application requirements. Some only offer students one specific application to complete and submit; others offer students a choice.

The Common Application www.commonapp.org and the Coalition for Access and Affordability Application – best known as the Coalition Application www.coalitionforcollegeaccess.org are two nationally recognized application platforms that offer students the option of submitting the same application to any of their member institutions. However, many of the colleges and universities have individualized requirements that students must also submit in order for their applications to be considered complete

Specific information about each application, its history, their member colleges and universities, and institution-specific application requirements  can be found on each of the organizations’ websites.

Financial Aid Resources

FAFSA – Free Application for Federal Student Aid (http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/)

  • The required federal form for any student seeking need-based financial aid
  • Required by some colleges and universities for those students seeking merit-based scholarships

Office of Federal Student Aid (http://studentaid.ed.gov/)

  • US Department of Education Resources
  • Provides detailed information on different types of financial aid
  • Provides detailed information on how to apply for aid

The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators – NASFAA (http://www.nasfaa.org/students)

  • Association of financial assistance professionals at higher education institutions
  • Provides extensive resources for students and parents

FastWeb (www.fastweb.com) and FinAid (www.finaid.org)

  • Both of these websites provide a wealth of information on financial aid and scholarships
  • Provide practical tips and advice on paying for college

Test Prep, Tutoring, and Other Educational Service Referrals

We maintain a database of other educational service providers that have been recommended to us by our clients and whose work we are familiar with.

We make no endorsements but offer recommendations to individuals and companies that provide services your student may need. If you choose to work with one of our recommendations, we coordinate with them as appropriate and necessary, thus ensuring a cohesive approach to meeting the needs of your student. If you are in search of referral for a particular service, contact us.