Quick Links

The following links are available for your convenience. They include resources for College application processes, financial aid and community enrichment.

Resources for school:
Be sure to check out the following links for current events and updates for parents and students. It's online and it is free:

http://www.nytimes.com/learning/general/onthisday/

 

http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/



For College:

This is about the jobs within their careers. If you are interested in majoring in a specific field in college, check out your future career opportunities here.

http://www.mycollegecalendar.org/
Terrific website with calendars for Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors for college planning; includes financial aid, scholarship help, and assistance with filling out college applications.

Bureau of Labor Statistics
This site will give you information on what the different careers make in their fields per year.

College Grad
This is an awesome site for deciding if your career of choice will fit in with your lifestyle. Check out the Salary Calculator to figure out how much the people in your field of interest make in different parts of the country.

College Quest
Welcome to the most comprehensive and heavily traveled education resource on the internet. You can find a wealth of information about colleges, careers, tests, summer opportunities, study abroad, and financial aid. They claim to have a financial aid database of nearly $5 billion worth of scholarships and grants.

Mapping Your Future
This helps you look at potential jobs in careers or fields that you are interested in.

The Occupational Outlook Handbook
This site is very useful because it tells you flat out how much people in a specific field have made in previous years, are making now, and are projected to make four years from now. It also gives you information on how hard it is to get a job in a particular field.

On-line courses:

Lynda.com
Software training & tutorial video library. Their  online courses help you learn critical skills. Free access & previews on hundreds of tutorials.

www.onlinecourses.com
A free and comprehensive resource that is a collection of open college courses that spans videos, audio lectures, and notes given by professors at Harvard, Princeton and MIT.


For Financial Aid:

About.com: College Admissions: US
This website, which is hosted by an independent college counselor, offers comprehensive information on college admissions, including how to successfully complete a college application and write a winning admissions essay. Features include an overview of essay basics, sample admissions essays, a discussion of what colleges are looking for in an applicant, and an admissions timeline. Other topics covered include choosing a college; SAT, ACT, and other exams; wait lists; and paying for college.

College Planning Network - To help with your financial aid needs

College Answer
The "Planning for College" Destination. This site offers tips on preparing, selecting, deciding, planning, applying, and financing your college education. This is an awesome database of information.

College Confidential
This is a great site to "demystify" the process of applying to college and applying for financial aid. The site is divided into five main sections, as well as providing links to books and website.

College Quest
Welcome to the most comprehensive and heavily traveled education resource on the internet. You can find a wealth of information about colleges, careers, tests, summer opportunities, study abroad, and financial aid. They claim to have a financial aid database of nearly $5 billion worth of scholarships and grants.

Discount Textbooks
Students spend an average of $900 per year on textbooks, according to the State Public Interest Research Groups. To save money on Books, Kiplinger's suggests that students share texts; sell their used books; buy books ahead of time to avoid higher prices and visit the following websites for potential deals on books:

Chegg.com
Craigslist.org
Half.com
BigWords.com
CampusBookSwap.com

Next Step Magazine
This is an online magazine with articles organized under headings for easy browsing. Articles include topics such as choosing a college or major, dealing with college rejection, balancing college with a job, as well as advice on getting through the college application process and succeeding school.

Pick-A-Prof
This has student reviews of college professors at various nationwide colleges. This way, you can read reviews and ratings of professors before signing up for classes. Information includes typical homework load, lecture style, exam preferences, and attendance policies. This web site also offers an online class schedule organizer and a form to reserve textbooks.

Statement of Purpose
Nearly all college applications require a statement of purpose. Often students don't know how to begin their statement or what the college will be looking for in a "good" statement. The 'Statement of Purpose' website offers advice on what a statement of purpose actually is, how to get started, and what colleges look for in a successful statement of purpose. Students can also read sample statements and submit their own. In addition to helping with the statement of purpose, this web site also offers tips on writing letters of recommendation and scholarship essays.

Super College
This contains general information on choosing a college, finding a scholarship, meeting admission deadlines, and more. The site also has a search engine that will develop a list of colleges depending on your answers to questions such as desired location, size, type of institution, and major.

Teen Ink: College Essays Written by Teens
Many college applications require an essay of some type, and often this is the most nerve-wracking part of the application process for students. This web site provides more than 410 samples of real college-entrance essays. Students seeking ideas on how to focus their own essays will benefit from the example of others. Students who believe they've written a great essay themselves can also visit this web site to submit their essay for online publication.

ACT and SAT Practice Tests:
The following sites have practice ACT, SAT and college standardized sample tests:

www.number2.com has free tests for ACT, ACT and GRE.

http://www.4tests.com


Community Resources:

AmeriCorps
The AmeriCorps is part of the Corporation for national and Community Service. Operating under the slogans "Make a difference", "Volunteer", and "Your world. Your chance to make it better," the AmeriCorps use over 50,000 people per year to meet critical needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment. You must be 17 years of age or older to become a member. Members receive $4,725 to help pay for college expenses. A BIG commitment, but something to think about!

College Quest
Welcome to the most comprehensive and heavily traveled education resource on the internet. You can find a wealther of information about colleges, careers, tests, summer opportunities, study abroad, and financial aid. They claim to have a financial aid database of nearly $5 billion worth of scholarships and grants.

JobCorps
If you are emptying your piggy bank to pay for gas to get to and from your internship site, you might want to think about a holiday, weekend, or summer job...and this site can help you find one!

Monster
Looking for a job? Look no further. Let the job look for you! Enter in your personal information, experience, etc., and potential employers will view your information and e-mail you if they are interested. This is a great source for finding a summer job.