Resources for College Applicants
Free Online Resources: use these free sites to search for colleges, explore career options, find scholarships and test prep help, gap year programs, health-related resources, and more.
Are you still deciding which career or major you would like to pursue? Consider taking an interest assessment to point out careers and majors that would be of interest to you. Then research those careers to decide if they are right for you.
ONLINE INTEREST INVENTORIES AND CAREER-RELATED SURVEY BATTERIES
LEARN ABOUT CAREERS:
INTERNSHIPS – PAID AND VOLUNTEER:
Your high school counselor or college advisor may have a list of local or national businesses that offer internships. Most of those will be unpaid. Alternatively, you can “beat the bushes” and contact companies on your own, stressing your career interests and offering to work for free.
Once you enter college, the Career Placement Office will help you locate internships.
Search for Colleges and Programs
Search for colleges and college programs using search websites. The search programs will narrow down the list of colleges for you by allowing you to specify what you care about most. Different websites may give you different results, so it is best to use more than one.
GENERAL COLLEGE AND PROGRAM SEARCHES
CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION WEB RESOURCES
SPECIALIZED COLLEGE AND PROGRAM SEARCHES
College admissions strategies and tips can save you time and stress. Websites are ready sources of information.
GENERAL INFORMATION ON THE APPLICATION PROCESS
Finding and Applying for Financial Aid
College or technical school may be one of the biggest purchases you make in life. Be sure to research your options well. Financial help, in the form of grants, scholarships, merit-aid, work study, or loans, is available to students of every income bracket. Always apply for financial aid. The starting point of any need-based aid is the FAFSA application, which can be filled out for free online.
GENERAL FINANCIAL AID INFORMATION
ESTIMATE YOUR FINANCIAL AID
SCHOLARSHIP SEARCH SITES OWNED BY EDUCATION LENDERS
These scholarship searches are worth checking. You may find a scholarship that does not show up on another search site. However, be aware that these sites are selling student loan products and services, too.
BEWARE OF SCHOLARSHIP SCAMS
GRANTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE TO STUDENTS IN SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES
Many colleges require an ACT test or SAT test score for admission; others are “test-free” or “test optional”. Check with the individual college’s website to find out which, if any, test they prefer. Community colleges require the Accuplacer test. Try free test preparation websites before paying for help.
SAT AND PSAT
ACCUPLACER TEST – FOR COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND TECHNICAL SCHOOL
ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) TEST
Resources for Special Groups of Students
COLLEGE STUDENT MENTAL HEALTH, ADDICTION, AND GENERAL HEALTH ISSUES
Before College Begins / Gap Year
CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT – FREE COLLEGE WHILE IN HIGH SCHOOL
LEADERSHIP TRAINING / GAP YEAR ACTIVITIES / SUMMER PROGRAMS