- Career and College Ready
- Scholarships and Financial Aid
- Test Preparation Sites
- Dual Credit Courses
- Why College?
- Understanding your Scores
Scholarship Information and Opportunities
Each student has a login to a valuable resource to assist in college planning. Please ask your child to login to Naviance and show you around. You can search scholarships, colleges, take career inventories and more!
Additional Web Sites for Scholarship Information
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- FastWEB- Search service for financial aid and scholarships
Schoolsoup - Search service for financial aid and scholarships
- Nationally Coveted College Scholarships, Graduate Fellowships and Postdoctoral Awards
- College Board - Scholarship Search
- Scholarship Experts
- Where the Scholarships Are
- How To Apply for a Scholarship
Websites with Grant Information: The following websites contain information on grants, scholarships, and other types of financial support:
1. eSchool News online: This online version of a monthly magazine contains a grants section with regularly updated grant, scholarship, professional development, and other funding opportunities for both educators and students.
2. FastWEB: The largest online scholarship search available, with 400,000 scholarships representing over one billion in scholarship dollars. Provides students with accurate, regularly updated information on scholarships, grants, and fellowships suited to their goals and qualifications at no cost.
Other Featured Links
college.gov - U.S. Dept. of Education
Federal Student Aid FAFSA4caster - U.S. Dept. of Education
nextSTEP college planning
AAA College Planning Timeline (by months)
Making It Count - Year by Year Timeline for Parents
Whether you are uncertain about going to college or you just need some reassurance you're on the right track, here are a few reasons to go to college:
Education increases pay...
Most college graduates earn more money during their working years than people who stop their education at high school earn.
More likely to get a job...
According to one estimate, by the year 2028 there will be 19 million more jobs for educated workers than there are qualified people to fill them.
More important for this generation...
Today most good jobs require more than a high school diploma. Businesses want to hire people who know how to think and solve problems.
More benefits overall
Clubs and organizations to explore your interests
Program Referrals for better jobs
Average yearly income by educational attainment:
Understanding Your Scores
Understanding your ACT scores: http://www.actstudent.org/scores/understand/
Understanding SAT Scores: http://sat.collegeboard.org/scores/how-sat-is-scored
Understanding SAT Essay scores: http://sat.collegeboard.org/scores/sat-essay-scoring-guide
Improving Your Scores
Naviance PrepMe for ACT and/or SAT
ACT FREE Online Prep http://www.actstudent.org/onlineprep/
SAT, My College Quickstart http://sat.collegeboard.org/practice/
Planning for College Tips
Plan to take both SAT and ACT your junior year, at the latest. After taking both, decide which test best meets your academic style and focus on improving on that test.
Make a file and keep copies of all test scores mailed to you. You may need to provide them to colleges quickly.
Plan to take your test of choice 4 times or more. Taking free entire tests online will count as a test experience. Test scores improve with repeated exposure.
Go to bed early, testing makes for a long day. Have your calculator, pencil, snacks, water, and lucky eraser ready the night before. Starting the day flustered is not the best way to begin!