Beyond High School: Resources

National Association for College Admissions Counseling: Resources for Parents and Students
Several great guides, including a “Guide to the College Admission Process” that is very helpful.

College Parents of America
This website has several checklists that parents have found to be helpful in the process, including “Academic Year Calendar Checklist” and “Health and Medical Checklist.”

Federal Student Aid: Resources for Parents
Information for families about the student aid process, including a “Checklist for Academic and Financial Preparation.”

ACT has a link for parents that includes financial aid and college planning information. This link also gives the dates for the test and registration deadlines.

Ready for College
This interesting resource discusses why it is important to start discussions about college at a young age.  Resources include books to read to prepare for college, articles about academic rigor, and information about college readiness.

Planning for Parents and Students
Guidelines for 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grades for students and their families. Includes a pre-planning section on college costs.

FAFSA Forecaster
Want to know how much your child will receive in financial aid before you fill out FAFSA? The forecaster will help you plan your costs with its “College Costs Worksheet.”

College Board
In addition to SAT information, the College Board has extensive resources for students, educators, and parents.  The College Planning link includes the BigFuture program which helps students find colleges and ways to fund higher education.