Going to College

Financial Aid
Office of Federal Student Aid, U.S. Department of Education

Need financial aid to help pay for college? It is important to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available at www.fafsa.gov. On average, it takes less than 30 minutes to complete.

Many states and colleges use your FAFSA data to determine 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.

Helpful FAFSA Blog posts:

College Scorecard
This US Department of Education site allows you to find (and compare) schools based on degrees, location, size, etc.  It also contains a “paying for college” section with financial aid information.

College Navigator
This site provides the latest data on expenses, aid, enrollment, admission and graduation rates, majors, and more.

TOP 10 Things I wish I would've known prior to College: If I Only Knew THEN, What I Know NOW (PDF) By Maritza T. Adonis

Online Colleges: Financial Aid Resources for Hispanic Students
Several obstacles prevent Hispanic students from furthering their education. The following guide will help students prepare for college and learn about the resources and assistance that will help them realize their goals.

College Board
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 make student applications stronger.

Princeton Review
The Princeton Review offers SAT, ACT, and PSAT preparation guidelines including free practice tests, free events, and paid courses. It also includes college-search advice and general guidance.

Common Application
Allows students to fill out a standard application and electronically submit it to multiple member institutions.

Lumina Foundation
Lumina's goal is to increase the proportion of Americans with high-quality college degrees, certificates and credentials to 60 percent by 2025.

Nursing Explorer
Learn more about a career in nursing including required entrance exams, scholarships, and a directory of over 6,500 nursing programs.

HackCollege
Get more out of your google search, write longer papers without working harder, and organize your life for finals.

FirstGenerationStudent.com
Info for first-generation college students – kids who will be the first in their families to go to college.

Studylands
Studylands mission is to facilitate students exchanges at the global level by promoting international education and intercultural exchange.  This website focuses on listing educational institutions from around the world. It includes exchange students, language exchanges, secondary school exchanges and student housing listings.

PhDs.org
Graduate school rankings to information on life after your PhD.

Best Schools
A guidebook to find the best online school for YOU.  This site complies advise from program administrators, professors, instructional designers, career services experts, and more to help you find the best online school depending on how you want to learn and how you prefer to work.

College Scholarships and Grants
(Download as PDF)

 Actuarial Scholarships for Minority Students

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
(PhD dissertation awards)

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Scholarships

American Geoscience Institute Scholarship

American Institute of CPA’s Minority Scholarships/Fellowships

American Psychological Association (APA) Scholarships and Fellowships

Association of Latino Professionals in Finance & Accounting Scholarships

Astronaut Scholarship (health care & life sciences students)

AT&T Scholarship

Coca-Cola Scholarship

Development Fund for Black Students in Science & Technology

Ellis Law Diversity Scholarship

Federal McNair Scholars Program (low-income or 1st generation students)

FormSwift Scholarship

Gates Millennium Scholarships for Minority Students

Harry S. Truman Scholarships for Public Service
(college juniors)

Hispanic College Fund Scholarships

INROADS Internships for Minority Students

Intel Science Talent Search for High School Seniors

Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship (minority high school students)

Kohl’s Cares Scholarship

League of Latin American Citizens Scholarships

Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) (scholarships for undocumented students)

Microsoft Scholarships for Undergraduates
(programs for women and minorities)

NACME Scholarships for Minorities in Engineering

National Association of Black Journalist Scholarships
(college students – journalism majors)

National Institute of Health Undergraduate Scholarships for Research Careers

Providian Medical Scholarship

QuestBridge (for low-income students)

Rhodes Scholarships at Oxford

Ron Brown Scholarship Program (African-American high school seniors)

Ronald MacDonald House Charities Scholarships

Roothbert Scholarship Fund (students from Eastern U.S.)

Rotary Scholarships

Sault T. Wilson Scholarships for Veterinary Students

Siemens Foundation Scholarships

SIT Study Abroad Scholarships

Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund for Black Students

Tylenol Scholarship for Health Care & Life Sciences Students

Union Plus Scholarship for Union Workers’ Families

United Negro College Fund

William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fellowship for Minority Students (requires working as an intern)

Xerox Scholarships (minority students in technical fields)

Zumper Apartments Scholarship


Search Tools/Listings for College Scholarships

Accredited School Online

College Fund/UNCF Scholarship List

College Scholarships

Find Free Scholarship Money

Historically Black Colleges & University Scholarship Search

MoneyGeek: Scholarships, Grants & Resources for Black Students

NAACP Scholarship Listings

School Grants Blog

Information on Financial Aid, Student Loans, and Taxes

American Opportunity Tax Credit

Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Information

Parenting and Achievement

Visit the AGI Parent Leadership Network, part of the Achievement Gap Initiative (AGI) at Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Family Involvement

Connections Count: Improving Family and Community Involvement in Secondary Schools

Supporting Undocumented Youth: A resource guide from the US Department of Education

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