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Where do you begin the college search?
How will you know which college will be the best fit for you?
What is the timeline? 

To start you off on your college admission research process here are some top websites that will help you.

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The College


Filling out a College Pre-App connects you directly to the admissions offices of the colleges selected. The College Pre-App is a free, non-committal and informal application that presents High School Sophomores and Juniors directly to five of their chosen colleges. The College Pre-App identifies a student’s passions and ambitions creating a profile for colleges to evaluate and allows students to start the college awareness process earlier.

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The College

Funding Coach

Is your child dreaming of attending college?  Not sure how to afford it?  The College Funding Coach supplies parents with a roadmap for paying for college in the most efficient and effective way. The informative workshops they supply helps families navigate the rules of saving and paying for college. Check out their College Savings Estimator, Your Estimated Family Contributor Calculator, and a 529 State and Tax Free comparison to help you determine your eligibility for financial aid from colleges. Reach out to them directly to schedule a free initial consultation.

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Parents and Students

Free Application for

Federal Student Aid

Use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form to apply for financial aid for college or graduate school. FAFSA is administered by the U.S. Department of Education.  Every year you will apply here for federal aid beginning October 1st.

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The Common


Navigate your entire college application journey with The Common Application (Common App). Complete a single application on the Common App website and within moments you can apply to a wide range of colleges (nearly 900 participate).  Some schools require supplementary materials that must be completed in addition to the standard application. Apply to college for the first time or transfer to complete your degree.

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Find the college that is right for you with College Navigator.  In this site you can refine your search by the degrees that you are interested in, size of campus, activities, locations and so much more.  College Navigator consists primarily of the latest data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), the core postsecondary education data collection program for NCES – the National Center for Education Statistics.

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National Center for

Fair & Open Testing

On the National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest) website you can find the names of colleges and universities that are not requiring SAT & ACT scores.  Many colleges are now going test optional – you can search here to find out if your choices are one of them. FairTest advances quality education and equal opportunity by promoting fair, open, valid, and educationally beneficial evaluations of students, teachers, and schools. FairTest also works to end the misuses and flaws of testing practices that impede those goals.

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If you are hoping to secure a scholarship, Fastweb is the place to hunt them down.  Fastweb connects you to colleges, scholarships, and financial aid information and more. Once you complete your profile, you’ll have access to Fastweb’s database of more than 1.5 million scholarships.  A leading online resource in finding scholarships to help you pay for school 

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Going to College

Special Needs Students

Is your special needs student applying to college? Going to College is a resource for teens with disabilities to learn more about what they can do now to prepare for applying to college.  This website contains information about living college life with a disability. It’s designed for high school students and provides video clips, activities and additional resources that can help you get a head start in planning for college.

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Student Training & Education in Public Service

Foster Youth Students

The Foster Care to College section of the Student Training & Education in Public Service (STEPS) website provide online resources for foster youth. Assistance is available for foster youth students on their path to college and more and more colleges are offering guidance programs. There is help available from national scholarships, state tuition waivers, to housing assistance and on-campus programs.

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National Association for College Admissions Counseling

College Fairs

College Fairs website of the National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC) provides a schedule of dates and times of college fairs. Start your college search for free at a NACAC National College Fair near you. The NACAC provides counseling and admission professionals with the expert advice and tools they need to better serve students and improve the college transition process.

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