College Research & Planning

Family Connection should be the first stop for college planning! 

COLLEGE RESEARCH & PLANNING

  • College Navigator  http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
    • Contains detailed information to help students compare information - from retention rates, financial aid, demographics, and admissions data. Students can search by school name, program, location and institution size/type. 
  • College Scorecard https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/
    • Allows students to search for schools by region, type, degree, and public/private affiliation. Contains data on graduation rate, salary after attending, cost, financial aid, popular programs, etc.
  • College Board's Big Future https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/
    • Information on preparing, finding, and paying for college. Includes a personalized search for majors and colleges.
  • Unigo https://www.unigo.com/
    • Do a personalized math and search for colleges, as well as scholarships.
  • Cappex https://www.cappex.com/colleges
    • Search colleges, majors, and scholarships.
  • Niche https://colleges.niche.com
    • Read what students say about colleges.
  • Peterson’s  http://www.petersons.com/
    • Education planning, including college search and information, test prep help, scholarship search, and financial aid information.
  • Adventures in Education TG http://www.aie.org/
    • Research and plan for college and careers; find scholarships, etc.
  • CollegeWeekLive www.collegeweeklive.com
    • Online college fair.
  • Matchcollege  http://www.MatchCollege.com
    • A free college search and information site, providing information on admissions, financial aid, tuition, and various majors and career options
  • FairTest www.fairtest.org
    • The National Center for Fair & Open Testing provides lists of colleges that are test optional.
  • State Council for Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV) www.schev.edu
    • Information on higher education,in Virginia. Search: The Academic Common Market - In-State Tuition for Select Out-of-State Programs.
  • National Association of College Admissions Counselors www.nacacnet.org
    • Information on college and other post-secondary options; provides links to get you started on colleges, financial aid, etc.

PLANNING TO PLAY SPORTS IN COLLEGE?

  • National Collegiate Athletic Association http://www.ncaa.org/
    • Qualifiers to play collegiate sports, rules, and eligibility, and educational outreach.

RESOURCES FOR DACA OR UNDOCUMENTED STUDENTS

  • The Dream Project empowers students in Northern Virginia whose immigration status creates barriers to education through mentoring and scholarships. http://www.dreamproject-va.org/
  • Mason Dreamers is a foundation at George Mason dedicated to supporting undocumented students through education and advocacy. Website includes resources and scholarships for students (regardless of whether attending GMU)  http://www.masondreamers.org/ 
  • The Dream partners with colleges to provide scholarships to highly qualified undocumented students who dream of attending college. ​​​http://www.thedream.us/scholarships/
  • Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute offers training, mentorship, programs, and scholarships for Latino students.​​​​​​​ http://chci.org/
  • College Greenlight offers information on college research, scholarships and more. Here is a blog for undocumented students.

HOW TO STAND OUT... SHARE WHO YOU ARE!

ZeeMee is an online resume/profile you can share with colleges! You can even add it onto your Common App! Check it out- this is a great way to SHOW who you are.

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