Resources for Students
Going to College
Office of Federal Student Aid, U.S. Department of Education
For those who need financial aid to help pay for college, it is important to complete the FAFSA - the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Anyone can fill out the FAFSA -- for free -- on the official government web site at www.fafsa.gov. Today’s FAFSA is simpler than ever! On average, it takes less than 30 minutes to complete.
In addition, many states and colleges use your FAFSA data to determine your eligibility for state and school aid, and some private financial aid providers may use your FAFSA information to determine whether you qualify for their aid.
To speed up the process, the Department's Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA) has penned a number of blog posts:
- “7 Things You Need Before You Fill Out the FAFSA”
- “6 Steps for Filling Out the FAFSA”
- “5 Reasons You Should Complete the FAFSA”
- “7 Myths About the FAFSA and Applying for Financial Aid”
- “7 Common FAFSA Mistakes”
- “Parents: Tips to Help Your Child Complete the FAFSA”
College Navigator Web site
The U.S. Department of Education's website for information about colleges and universities has been named by Money magazine as "the best first screen" for researching higher education institutions. Money notes that the website is not tied to any marketing department seeking students' personal information. It also credits the website for being one of the simplest to use and for providing a full set of the latest data on expenses, aid, enrollment, admission and graduation rates, majors, and more, along with a Google map pinpointing location.
TOP 10 Things I wish I would've known prior to College
If I Only Knew THEN, What I Know NOW
10 things high school students should know about or be able to do so they can get into and be successful in college. By Maritza T. Adonis
( Download pdf)
College Board provides SAT registration with free sample questions, study guides, and information on local courses. It also provides guidance on how to find colleges, pay for them, and plan academic work to make student applications stronger.
Source: Education Week
The Princeton Review offers SAT, ACT, and PSAT preparation guidelines including free practice tests and free events, along with registration for paid courses. It also includes other college-search advice and general guidance.
Source: Education Week
The Common Application allows students to fill out a standard application and submit it electronically to as many member institutions (a total of 488) as desired. It also includes charts detailing deadlines and additional requirements of each member school.
Source: Education Week
Lumina is an independent, private foundation committed to increasing the proportion of Americans who have high-quality, college-level learning. Our mission is defined by a specific goal: to increase the proportion of Americans with high-quality college degrees, certificates and credentials to 60 percent by 2025. Lumina’s outcomes-based approach focuses on helping to design and build an accessible, responsive and accountable higher education system while fostering a national sense of urgency to achieve this goal, known as Goal 2025.
Our website offers information for students who are interested in learning more about nursing career and the different types of nursing education paths. We also offer information on nursing entrance exams, glossary, searchable nursing scholarships database, a directory of over 6,500 nursing programs and a lot more.
HackCollege is educating the students of the world about effective, open source software, putting techno-political arguments in everyday language, and creating a cult of “Students 2.0." Examples of helpful information found on HackCollege includes getting more out of your google search, how to write longer papers without working harder, and organizing your life for finals.
Need help in finding the graduate school that is right for you? Try this helpful site to assist you in narrowing your search. Resources on this page include everything from graduate school rankings to information on what life is like after your PhD.
The First Wave Spoken Word and Urban Arts Learning Community is a cutting-edge multicultural artistic program for incoming students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Bringing together young artists and leaders from across the U.S., the First Wave offers students the opportunity to live, study, and create together in a close-knit, dynamic campus community. Administered by the Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives (OMAI), the First Wave Learning Community is the first university program in the country centered on spoken word and hip-hop culture.
"This is more than a program. The First Wave is a family, a community, a movement." - Willie Ney, First Wave Executive Director
Master of Homeland Security
A Master of Homeland Security prepares students to work in the public and private sectors of security by teaching students leadership skills, how to implement security plans, and the role technology plays in modern security measurements. This website helps answer questions about a degree in homeland security and has search engines to help you find the program that best fits your needs.
College Scholarship and Grant Information
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Scholarship Programs
School Grants, College Scholarships, Financial Aid and More
Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF)
(Scholarships for undocumented students)
Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund for Black Students
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority's Scholarships
Microsoft Scholarships for Undergraduates
(Specific programs for Women and Minorities)
Harry S. Truman Scholarships for Public Service (College Juniors)
National Association of Black Journalist Scholarships
(College Students - journalism majors)
Saul T. Wilson Scholarships for Veterinary Students
Actuarial Scholarships for Minority Students
Xerox Scholarships for Minority Students in Technical Fields
Siemens Foundation Scholarships for Minority Students
www.siemens.com and search "scholarships"
SIT Study Abroad Scholarships (College Students)
INROADS Internships for Minority Students
Rhodes Scholarships at Oxford
Opportunities for Minority Students in Health Services
Association of Latino Professionals in Finance & Accounting
United Negro College Fund/Merck Science Scholarships
American Geological Institute Minority Geoscience Scholarships
American Institute of CPA's Minority Scholarships/Fellowships
AT&T Labs Research Program for Women & Minorities in
Computer Science (PhD Students)
Development Fund for Black Students in Science & Technology
Tylenol Scholarship for Health Care & Life Sciences Students
National Institutes of Health Undergraduate Scholarships for
Research Careers (College Students)
Astronaut Scholarship Foundation for Science & Engineering
NACME Scholarships for Minorities in Engineering
American Psychological Association (APA) Scholarships and
Fellowships (College Students)
Search Tools/Listings for College Scholarships
Find Scholarships While Colleges Recruit You
Student Gateway to US Government Scholarship Info
Information on Athletic Scholarships
College Fund/UNCF Scholarship List
NAACP Scholarship Listings
Historically Black Colleges & University Scholarship Search
Student Gateway to U.S. Government Scholarship Information
School Grants Blog
Information on Tax Credits
American Opportunity Tax Credit
High School Scholarships
Kohl's Cares Scholarship
Gates Millennium Scholarships for Minority Students
Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship for Minority High
Ron Brown Scholarship Program for African-American Seniors
Hispanic College Fund Scholarships
League of Latin American Citizens Scholarships
William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship for Minority
Black Alliance for Educational Options School Choice
Roothbert Scholarship Fund for Students from Eastern U.S.
Union Plus Scholarship for Union Workers' Families
Siemens Foundation Merit Scholarships for Employee Families
Rotary Scholarships for Study Abroad
QuestBridge College Prep and College Match (4 yr) Programs for Low-income Students
Federal McNair Scholars Program for Low-income or 1st Generation Students
Ronald MacDonald House Charities Scholarships
Coca-Cola Scholarships (2 and 4 year)
Discover Card Tribute Award Scholarship for High School Juniors
Intel Science Talent Search for High School Seniors
US Institute of Peace Essay Contest for High School Students
Americorps: Presidential Freedom Scholarship for High School