- Colleges and Financial Aid
Colleges and Universities
- This invaluable site is a database that has
links to the homepages of virtually every accredited 4-year college and
university in the United States. It is a fantastic resource for
investigating colleges. However, it can be tricky to use because many
universities have different campuses with very similar names. Be sure
to know the specific campus you are interested in because different
campuses may be very different in both academic and sports programs. It
is also a little tricky that the schools are listed alphabetically by
their official name. That means that many schools are listed under "U"
for "University of..." or under "C" for "College of...."
- College Answer is a website of information and
links provided by Sallie Mae, one of the major vendors for college
loans. The site has some interesting college search and financial aid
tools. There are sections on college entrance exams, test preparation,
deciding on a particular college, the college application process,
scholarships and grants, and much more.
- In addition to a variety of SAT-related
services, The College Board site also has more general information and
tools for college-bound students looking for college information. This
site can get swamped at times by students looking for test-specific
- Federal Student Aid (FAFSA on the web)
- This is an absolute necessity for anyone
looking for financial aid. The FAFSA is a cost-free application from
the U.S. Department of Education. The FAFSA application is required in
order to qualify a student for various kinds of Federally subsidized
aid. Most student loans and many other grants require the FAFSA. Many
schools also use it to determine the level of financial need even for
aid that is not Federally subsidized.
Department of Education Student information site
- This site has a lot of good information about
various kinds of student aid. It also lists all the Federally
subsidized aid that a student has received and gives information about
their dates, interest rates and payoff amounts. To access that
information requires registration and an access PIN.
- This is a large website with a wide variety of
information and links to a large number of other financial aid sites.
- This site is associated with Monster.com and
FinAid. It takes information from you and then acts as a matchmaker
finding scholarships and colleges that may meet your needs and
interests. It is a commercial site that makes its money from the
colleges and services that get marketed to you based on your
information. [I have no experience with FastWeb. I would love to have
have comments about FastWeb from people who have used it. See the email
link at the bottom of the page.]
- ACT test registration and information and SAT test
registration and information
- Most college bound high school students end up
taking either the ACT or the SAT exam. This is a requirement for many
athletes who must take either the SAT or the ACT test as part of
qualifying for initial eligibility for NCAA Divisions I & II. The
tests must be taken on "national" testing dates. The two testing
organizations have a total of 13 different national testing dates per
year. It is still advisable to take the test early.
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