TEST PREP [ACT/SAT]
ACT: actstudent.org. This site offers information on the ACT, and you register here for the ACT. Information includes practice testing; also, info. on college planning, but I don’t see college or scholarship searches.
SAT: collegeboard.org. Practice tests and registration information for the SAT and SAT Subject tests. Also a very good college search under “College Matchmaker”
WHAT COLLEGES REQUIRE OR RECOMMEND TAKING THE SAT SUBJECT TEST
CompassPrep's list. www.compassprep.com/subject-test-requirements-and-recommendations/
Per college, there is a listing of whether the college requires, recommends, or considers “Subject Tests”. Students can click on the college name for specific information.
SAT/ACT TEST OPTIONAL COLLEGES
Approximately 750 colleges do not require the SAT or ACT – these colleges are listed here. This list includes some EXCELLENT schools that do not find the SAT or ACT useful in predicting college success. Some of these will require “alternate proof of college readiness” such as graded student work.
COMMON APPLICATION SCHOOLS
Over 800 universities accept the Common Application. Listing includes which universities require a supplemental form, use Early Action or Decision. Clicking on a college on the list will give you the basic college info., including required tests and other documents such as reference letters.
Visit over 1200 college campuses. Listing enables a quick link to campus virtual tours or photos (if tour not available).
Excellent links to video tours, webcameras. Probably more descriptive information than other “tour sites”.
There are also plenty video tours on Youtube that range from student videos to official university tours.
Comprehensive –college match to 1800 colleges. Includes a “what are your chances” component for different colleges. Includes scholarship search. students can view profiles of other students; many informing articles.
RELIGIOUS, CULTURAL, ETHNIC SEARCHES
Hillel - The foundation for Jewish campus life: hillel.org/index.
Jesuit Colleges - Assoc. of Jesuit Colleges and Universities: ajcunet.edu
Christian Colleges: christiancolleges.com/
The National Christian College Athletic Association: thenccaa.org
African American; Historically Black Colleges: blackexcel.org
Apply to 34 Historically Black Colleges for $35.00! eduinconline.com
Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities: hacu.net/ Click on “US members”
Athletes.(see your coach and athletic director).
NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association): www.ncaa.org
CANDID CAMPUS RATINGS
51,900 reviews on 3,133 colleges. Students rate the schools on educational quality,
social life, extracurriculars, university resource use, city life. Avoid the ads!
COLLEGE GRADUATION RATES
COMBINED BS/MD DEGREES:
American Assoc. of Medical Colleges: aamc.org/
Amer. Assoc. of Colleges of Pharmacy: aacp.org/
Nat’l. Arch. Accrediting Board Inc.: naab.org/
Colleges that change lives // 40 “magical” colleges – Loren Pope: ctcl.org/
Both of these sites offer opportunities for teenagers. You can narrow your search to your local area.
SITES FOR THE ARTIST
☼ Florida School. of the Arts: www.floarts.org (Palatka, FL) Florida School of the Arts (“FloArts”), Florida's first state-supported professional arts school, was established in 1974. 600-seat auditorium, a studio theater and a fine art gallery. A print shop, dark room and state-of-the-art computer lab is also available to students. Enrollment is limited to 150 students. Admission to Florida School of the Arts is based on audition/portfolio review and an interview. FloArts is located on the Palatka Campus and is part of the academic and administrative structure of HYPERLINK "http://sjrcc.edu" \t "_blank" St. Johns River Community College. Students study here for two years, then transfer to Fine Arts colleges or university programs. AA or AS degrees in: Fine Art, Graphic Design/New Media, :Photography, Illustration, Dance, Dance Entertainment, Dance Studio Management,
Acting, Musical Theater, Costume Design, Scenic/Lighting Design, State Management.
☼ ARCHITECTURE: architectureschools.com
☼ ARTS: artschools.com
☼ DESIGN: designschools.com
☼ FASHION: fashionschools.com
☼ GRAPHIC DESIGN: graphicdesignschools.com
☼ PERFORMING ARTS: performingartsschools.com
☼ PHOTOGRAPHY: photographyschools.com
☼ INTERIOR DESIGN: interiordesignschools.org/
☼ National Assoc. of Schools of Music; Art & Design, Theater, and Dance: arts-accredit.org/
Canada Colleges: campusstarter.com
☼ Scholarshipexperts.com (Endorsed by Forbes.)
☼ Schoolsoup.com Scholarships matched to your profile.
☼ Findtuition.com Looks like the search matches you with excellent variables.
☼ Princetonreview.com/college/finance/ Scholarships matched to your profile. ***
☼ Fastweb.com This seems to be the most used site.
☼ Fastaid.com I don’t know if they match a profile, but in business 25 years!
☼ Studentawards.com Scholarships matched to your profile.
☼ Peterson’s provides both college and scholarship searches – you’ll see their site under “College Searches” here.
☼ Free-4u.com Scholarship by category-majors, etc.: Doesn’t seem as useful as some others.
☼ Study Abroad scholarships: iefa.org/
☼ Sports Scholarships: ncaa.org/about/resources/grants-programs-and-scholarships
☼ Siemens/Westinghouse competition: siemens-foundation.org
☼ United Negro College Fund: uncf.org/
☼ Hispanic College Fund, Inc.: hispanicfund.org
☼ hacu.net/ Click on “Resources”, “Scholarship Program”
☼ Latino Dollars: latinocollegedollars.org/
☼ Hispanicheritage.org/programs/youth-awards/ Click on “Youth Programs”, then “Scholarships”.
☼ Dade Community Foundation: dadecommunityfoundation.org
LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, TRANSGENDER YOUTH
☼ The Point Foundation: thepointfoundation.org/
Pride Foundation: pridefoundation.org
☼ LIVE OUT LOUD at liveoutloud.info
Davis Putter Scholarship Fund at davisputter.org/
☼ FinAid for LGB Students at finaid.org/otheraid/gay.phtml
☼ Campuspride.org/camppride/money/ (lists several opportunities)
AVOID SCHOLARSHIP SCAMS!
Excerpts from www.gocollege.com
☼ DON’T PAY A FEE TO APPLY OR TO BE “MATCHED” – NOT EVEN $2.00
☼ NO LEGITIMATE SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION HAS A GUARANTEE.
☼ AVOID SCHOLARSHIPS THAT LOOK LIKE AN AD (“GLITZY”)
☼ DON’T ALLOW A COMPANY TO “APPLY FOR YOU”.
☼ DON’T PROVIDE TOO MUCH INFORMATION – BANK ACCOUNT, SOCIAL SECURITY NO., ETC.
☼ AVOID ANY SCHOLARSHIP THAT SAYS IT IS ENDORSED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT - THE
GOVT. DOESN’T ENDORSE PRIVATE BUSINESSES.
☼ AVOID A SCHOLARSHIP THAT DOESN’T OFFER A “REAL” ADDRESS OR PHONE NUMBER.
☼ THE “YOU WON” PHONE CALL. YOU WILL NEVER BE NOTIFIED BY PHONE OF WINNING A SCHOLARSHIP.
☼ AVOID A SCHOLARSHIP WITH NO HISTORY OF PREVIOUS WINNERS.
☼ IF YOU ASK A QUESTION, YOU SHOULD NEVER RECEIVE A “RUN-AROUND”.
$$ MORE MONEY MATTERS $$
PRE-PAID COLLEGE PLANS
For FLORIDA public university/college/technical schools prepaid information, as well as the Florida investment plan for private colleges, go to: myfloridaprepaid.com/
For information on a prepaid tuition plan for private colleges in the United States, go to privatecollege529.com/OFI529/
BRIGHT FUTURES / STATE OF FLORIDA AID
SENIORS. Applications for Florida State Aid for seniors begins AFTER October. 1 Mrs. Sahwell will have an “instruction sheet” outside in the Counseling lobby and she will visit English classes. It only takes about 20 minutes to do the State Aid application – which gives you eligibility for Bright Futures scholarships AND other opportunities.
Federal Aid applications are accepted after October 1st-December 1st. . You will need your parents’ income tax information, and yours if you work and earn a certain amount.
“FAFSA FORECASTER” – FOR JUNIORS. GET A HEADSTART REGARDING FEDERAL AID:
Website excerpt: If you want to begin exploring your financial aid options and get an early start on the financial aid process, FAFSA4caster is for you! By using FAFSA4caster, you and your family will receive an early estimate of eligibility for federal student aid. This Web site provides you with an opportunity to increase your knowledge of the financial aid process; become familiar with the various types of federal student aid that are available; and investigate other sources of aid, such as grants and scholarships. When you're ready to apply for aid, you can easily transition from FAFSA4caster to FAFSA on the Web. Much of the information that you enter in the FAFSA4caster will populate your FAFSA on the Web application, making the experience of applying for federal student aid a lot easier.