College Planning Resources

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Planning for College

Below are links to some websites that all college-bound students should explore when planning how to fund their education.

My College Options Information for Parents

My College Options is an online resource for students and parents applying for postsecondary education. The website allows students to search for colleges, research majors, review popular college essay topics, and more. Visit www.MyCollegeOptions.org for more information. 

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ACT - College Planning Information

The ACT is a national college admissions examination developed by The ACT Corporation and is used to measure English, mathematics, science, and reading skills. Many colleges and universities utilize this tool when deciding on applicants as a supplement to high school transcripts to help assess a student's ability to complete college-level work. The ACT website allows students to register for the test, take practice tests to prepare for the exam, search for colleges and careers of interest, and more. Additionally, the website has tools specifically for helping parents and guardians aid their children in the college application process.

The ACT website offers students tips on applying to and choosing a college, a college planning checklist, and more. Visit www.ACTstudent.org/college for more information.

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SAT - Plan for College

The CollegeBoard website allows students to search for colleges of interest, offers action plans for juniors and seniors, and more. Visit www.CollegeBoard.com and click on the Plan for College link in For Students for more information

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The SAT is a national college admissions examination developed by CollegeBoard and is used to measure critical thinking, mathematical reasoning, and writing skills. Many colleges and universities utilize this tool when deciding on applicants as a supplement to high school transcripts to help assess a student's ability to complete college-level work. The CollegeBoard website allows students to register for the test, take practice tests to prepare for the exam, search for colleges of interest, and more. Additionally, the website has tools specifically for helping parents and guardians aid their children in the college application process. 

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The College Board has made content, format, & scoring changes to the college entrance exam, the largest change in 30 years! BestColleges.com has compiled a guide that offers students and parents a look into the logistics & style of the new SAT as well as preparation resources!

To aid you in starting your college search, here is a list of links to some of the postsecondary institutions in which area students most frequently enroll.

Financial Planning for College

Below are links to some websites that all college-bound students should explore when planning how to fund their education. ACT - Financial Aid Information The ACT website has information regarding the different types of financial aid, how to apply, a dictionary of general terms regarding financial aid, and more. Visit www.ACTstudent.org/finaid for more information.

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Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

The FAFSA is a document that students complete every year that they are enrolled in postsecondary education if they want to receive a portion of the $80 billion dollars that the Federal Student Aid program disburses each year through grants, loans, and work study. Additionally, most colleges and universities use the results of the FAFSA to determine the amount of financial aid that they award to their students. The application can be completed on paper or online. Visit www.FAFSA.ed.gov for more information.

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FSA ID

An FSA ID is a username and password that you must use to log in to certain U.S. Department of Education (ED) websites. Your FSA ID identifies you as someone who has the right to access your own personal information on ED websites.

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FAFSA PIN

A FAFSA PIN allows students to complete the FAFSA online each year that they are enrolled in postsecondary education. The PIN serves as an electronic signature and provides access to your personal information. On the website, students and parents can apply for a PIN, change a PIN,  update personal information, and more. Visit www.PIN.ed.gov for more information.

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Fastweb.com

Fastweb.com is the largest source of scholarship information available. This website matches its members with scholarships based on their profiles. Additionally, new scholarships are added daily. Visit ww.fastweb.com for more information.

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SAT - Pay for College

The CollegeBoard website offers information regarding different types of loans, a scholarship search service, a financial aid calculator, and more. Visit www.CollegeBoard.com and click on the Pay for College link in For Students for more information.

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Scholarships.com

Scholarships.com is a complete source of college and national scholarship information. This website matches its members with scholarships based on their academic interests and talents. Additionally, the website is updated regularly with new scholarships. Visit www.scholarships.com for more information.

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*When applying for financial aid, remember to differentiate between need-based and merit-based awards. Need-based awards are determined by your family income in comparison to the cost of your education. Merit-based awards are given for achievement in some area or fitting some criterion other than income.*

 

OnTrack Scholarship Opportunities

Students in KSU TRIO Programs who use the OnTrack online tutoring program are eligible to apply for scholarships from the program. There are many different ways to apply. To see the full list of requirements for the scholarship, click here.

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