According to Google there are over 54 MILLION sites related to college, financial aid and picking a career on the internet. To help save you some time here are some of the best!
College Search resources
State University of New York (SUNY) Website
A great place to check out SUNY colleges
College Board online
Click on "college search" and you'll be connected with a database of more than 3,500 two- and four-year colleges. Choose from among 800 features to create a profile of your ideal college and, in seconds, get a list of colleges that fit the bill. The site also includes the CSS Profile required by many private institutions when considering students for financial aid and the entire text of the latest edition of The College Handbook and lets you complete and submit admission applications online.
If you are planning on participating in intercollegiate athletics, you may need to register with the NCAA Clearinghouse in order to participate.
This site claims to be "the number one portal for applying to a college over the web." CollegeNET also offers a searchable database of colleges, scholarship opportunities and academic resources. It offers a comprehensive college/university index with some interesting resources for financial aid and scholarships.
By combining a database of 3,300 two- and four-year colleges with multimedia tours, College View gives students and parents a general overview of a college, plus a direct email option for requesting additional information.
Search colleges by state, major, and a host of other factors. Take a visual tour of some colleges and ask their experts questions about the college admissions process. This site also lets you estimate your costs, locate scholarships and discover loan information. There's a "student center," a "parent corner" and a "sports source" that provides athletic information on the colleges of your choice.
The Collegiate Websource
Another comprehensive college and scholarship search Web site for the college-bound with some great feature articles as well.
My College Guide
Get information on colleges via the college search page. Create a profile of yourself to send to colleges. Ask questions of their admissions experts. Get information about paying for college. Read a collection of articles about college and the admissions process.
Peterson's Education Center
Peterson's college database is available on this web page as is a vast amount of other useful educational and career information.
The Princeton Review
Students can search the site by a college's name, region, state, size, and cost. the Princeton Review also offers its own rating of hundreds of colleges, SAT and ACT test-prep courses, a feature that allows students to find a major that suits their personality, and all kinds of advice on applying to colleges, interview tips, admissions "secrets" and much more.
This site provides a common application used by 350 colleges and universities in the U.S. Some exclusively use this application.
Financial Aid on the Web:
New York State Higher Education Services Corporation
HESC guarantees federal student and parent loans, offers loan management services, and provides guidance for college planning. In New York state, HESC also administers the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) and other state specific grants and scholarships.
This website provides information on getting into college, the financial aid process, explains different kinds of educational loans, recommends timelines for juniors and seniors and provides information and insights on a host of other topics. There is also a free newsletter students can sign up to receive.
The New York Daily News called FinAid "the hottest site on the Internet for financial aid tips."
FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
All colleges require students to submit a FAFSA form from the federal government to be considered for any financial aid. (The form should be submitted between January 1 and Feb. 15 of a student's senior year.) The federal government's FAFSA Web site provides worksheets and help with filling out this extremely important form. If you're going to submit your application online, there's also a link to sign up for your personal pin number (direct link at www.pin.ed.gov). Another federal government Web site worth exploring is found at www.ed.gov/studentaid.
Federal Student Aid Web Site
The home page for the Federal Student Aid programs -- the largest source of student aid in the country. The site promises help for every stage of the financial aid process -- from applying, to funding to repaying your loans.
Recommended Web sites to research careers
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Career Cruising is an interactive career resource designed for people of all ages. If you want to find the right career, explore different career options, or plan future education and training, you've come to the right place!
Occupational Outlook Handbook
The Occupational Outlook Handbook is a nationally recognized source of career information, designed to provide valuable assistance to individuals making decisions about their future work lives. Revised every two years, the Handbook describes what workers do on the job, working conditions, the training and education needed, earnings, and expected job prospects in a wide range of occupations.
York State Dept. of Labor and Career Resources
Learn about working in New York and labor market information. You'll also want to check out the new Career Zone which provides all kinds of information on a wide variety of exciting careers in New York State.
Smart career decisions start here! Find wages and employment trends, occupational requirements, state by state labor market conditions, millions of employer contacts nationwide and an extensive career resource library.