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Resources


Resources

High school offers students the time to investigate future university and career ambitions. Important decisions are required to be made that will affect a student’s future while providing them with the skills to become continual learners and responsible citizens.

Below are a number of resources that will assist students in recognizing their strengths and making informed decisions with regard to their future.

College Information

Key websites that offer information regarding a range of colleges, universities and application processes are:

  • SAT testing information and online registration.

> www.collegeboard.com

  • Princeton Review site.

> www.review.com

  • Preparation for SAT, ACT and PSAT.

> www.testprep.com

  • Stanley Kaplan test prep company.

> www.kaplan.com

  • Eligibility for athletes.

> www.ncaa.org

 

 

 

Financial Aid Information

 

Key websites that offer information with regard to financial aid are:

  • An investment program for parents.

> www.student-aid.com

  • The federal financial aid application process (FAFSA) for US Citizens and Permanent Residents.

> www.fafsa.ed.gov

  • Financial information on federal programs.

> www.ed.gov

  • A comprehensive collection of financial aid information.

> www.finaid.org

  • Career, college and financial aid information.

> www.collegeview.com

  • The nation’s leading provider of educational loans.

> www.salliemae.com

  • Colorado student loan program.

> www.cslp.org

  • A free software site to estimate financial aid needs.

> www.collegesmart.com

 

Scholarship Information

 

Key websites that offer information with regard to scholarships are:

  • Scholarship information tied to the Sallie Mae Corporation.

> www.collegeanswer.com

  • A free scholarship search facility.

> www.fastweb.com

  • A free scholarship search facility.

> www.finaid.org/scholarships

  • A free scholarship search facility.

> www.collegeboard.org

 

 

Terms to Know

 

  • FERPA- All students applying to college must complete a waiver know as FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act). This form allows for disclosure of your confidential education records. We strongly encourage you to waive your right. In waiving your right you are essentially saying that you have nothing to hide and that you trust the recommender to fairly represent you. Not signing such a waiver may disadvantage you by raising a concern on the part of the reader. To complete the FERPA waiver, students must sign onto their Naviance acounts and follow the link to Family Connections/Colleges/College I’m Applying to. This waiver needs to be completed so that transcripts, recommendations and secondary school reports can be sent electronically.
  • FAFSA- FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. All US colleges require this form which is used to apply for financial aid from the US government, including both federal loans and grants. Only US citizens and permanent residents are elible to submit the FAFSA.
  • AP Exams- Advanced Placement exams are optional in the college admission process, but they are often used to document a student’s strength in a particular subject. Students enrolled in an AP course are encouraged to take the AP exam. It is the student’s responsibility to report desired AP scores directly from the testing agency to the specific institution.
  • TOEFL/IELTS- Students whose first language is not English may need to register and take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). At many universities, this is used in conjunction with the SAT verbal score in evaluating a student’s record. It is advisable for juniors to take TOEFL or IELTS exam in October, June or July.