College Resources

GENERAL

Adventures in Education
A nonprofit, public service program administered by the Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation. Site includes information on college and career planning, financing higher education, and weekly e-mail updates to students and parents in both English and Spanish.  A counselors’ network is available to guidance counselors by registration.

Back to College
This site is geared toward “re-entry” and adult students, usually over the age of 25, who are considering returning to school. It features information on traditional as well as online degree programs, life experience credit, internships, foreign study, assessment of personal goals and financial aid information.

Blackexcel.org
Help for students and parents who are navigating the college admissions process. Detailed school profiles as well as a guide to 143 Historically Black Colleges, quarterly newsletter, and college and medical school “Help Packages” are offered.  Site claims its scholarship list is “the most comprehensive available to Black students.”

C.A.R.E. (Center for Adults Returning to Education)
This program, sponsored by Middlesex County College assists adults who are not currently enrolled in a college program to return to college to complete an Associates Degree at MCC. Advisement, counseling, workshops and a CARE coordinator are among the resources available to participants in the program.

College Confidential
This site provides information on the college search and admissions process. College rankings, costs and all other aspects of college life are also included.

College Savings Plan Network
CSPN is a non-profit association that defines its purpose as “making college more affordable and accessible for families.” In-depth information on state 529 college savings plans is provided, with links to the specific state plans. A calculator is available to help estimate college costs.

 

Common Application
This non-profit organization allows students to submit a single standardized application to over 500 member schools. The application is available online for both first-year and transfer students worldwide.

FederalStudentAid
U.S. government website for advising students and their families on how to prepare for college. It has been designed to provide easy access to government information on college and scholarship search, career, internship, and volunteer opportunities as well as financial and military funding for college.

Mapping Your Future
Created by a national non-profit public service organization, this site provides free career, college, financial aid, and financial literacy information. Online student loan counseling is also available.

Peterson’s College Planner
Find information on all aspects of the search and admissions process for colleges, universities, graduate schools, and online colleges and career schools worldwide. Planning, online test preparation center, and financial aid information is provided along with relevant articles.

 

COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES

American Association of Community Colleges
Organization representing more than 1,200 institutions granting associates degrees nationwide. Individual community colleges may be searched geographically or by other characteristics. Trend and statistical information provided, as well as information on programs of study offered.

Campus Tours
Virtual tours, interactive campus maps and pictures are available here. Search for colleges alphabetically or geographically. With free registration, college view books may be ordered online.

College Navigator – U.S. Department of Education
This site, administered by the Institute of Education Science (IES) National Center for Education Statistics provides many search options including college name, location, program or major, degree level or institutional type. Also find out how to prepare for higher education and careers, as well as financial aid information.

College Net
Search for colleges by name, geographical location, type of institution, tuition rate, enrollment or major. You can also apply to schools or look for scholarships online.

 

Unigo
Reviews of colleges provided by actual college students. They claim that “college students tell you what the colleges won’t.”  Students share videos, photos, forums on different colleges and different topics, student rankings and articles on all aspects of college life.

U.S. News & World Report-Best Colleges
Online version of U.S. News & World Report’s annual survey ranking nearly 1,800 universities and colleges, as well as online and specialty programs. Related information on surveyed schools, the college search process, financial aid and scholarships is provided, as is a gateway to an expanded premium online edition.

Web U.S. Higher Education
This directory, which is provided by the University of Texas, offers links to regionally accredited universities and colleges that may be searched either by state or alphabetically.

Databases

Facts on File: Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center – College Planning & Financial Aid
(Available to library cardholders, or in library only)
Select from various characteristics to search for schools. Site offerings also include a college planning timeline and advice that includes a review of educational opportunities, choosing a major, and the different types of student loans available. A Financial Aid Directory lists information on over 3,300 sources of financial aid to help fund undergraduate, graduate and vocational education.

Learning Express Library – College Preparation
(Available to library cardholders, or in library only)
Offers an interactive online learning platform allowing access to a broad range of sample tests, including college and graduate school entrance exams, as well as skills improvement in different subject areas. Users practice taking exams and receive instant feedback through online scoring, detailed answers and personalized analysis.

ENTRANCE EXAMINATIONS

ACT
This non-profit organization administers the ACT college admissions exam to high school students. Registration, test center information and score reporting are available online. Also available is online test preparation and practice questions, college and career planning, financial aid information and student blogs and podcasts.

College Board
Register and find testing locations here for the PSAT and SAT Reasoning and Subject exams. Scores can be accessed online and sent to prospective colleges. Sample test questions from actual tests, college essay writing tips, and information on virtually every aspect of the college planning and search process from start to finish is available as well.

Educational Testing Service
Find exam, registration and test center information and links for the SAT Reasoning and Subject tests here, as well as the CLEP (College Level by Exam Program) and the GRE exam for prospective graduate students.

Kaplan Test Prep
Overviews of SAT and ACT, GRE and other graduate and professional school exams including GMAT, LSAT and MCAT are provided. Sample practice questions for the SAT and GRE are available as are free “QuizBanks” which allow customization of quizzes to fit individual needs. Register for different types of prep courses (fee basis) and purchase various Kaplan products.

Princeton Review
Prepare for standardized tests such as the SAT and ACT, as well as various graduate and professional school exams with free online practice tests, reports on prior exams, and registration for free events including strategy sessions and practice exam sessions. Also get free information and advice on schools and programs, scholarships and financial aid.

Varsity Tutors Free Learning Tools
Comprehensive suite of free practice exams are available for both students and professionals. Examples include HSPT tests, AP exams, SATs and ACTs, GEDs, GREs, LSATs and EMT paramedic exams. Detailed results and performance statistics with question analyses and explanations are also provided, as well as free assessment tools that enable teachers, tutors and students to create study aids such as practice tests and flashcards.

FINANCIAL AID

New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority
Find information here on state and federal grants and scholarships for both undergraduate and graduate students, government and supplemental loans, loan forgiveness programs and veteran education benefits. Information on the NJBEST 529 College Savings Plan and low interest NJCLASS fixed-rate student loans administered by this agency can also be found.

NJ Stars
Online site for the NJ Stars (New Jersey Student Tuition Assistance Reward Scholarship) and NJ Stars II programs, which provides full scholarships to eligible students at New Jersey community colleges and partial scholarships to community college graduates. Also find links to web sites of New Jersey community colleges, state colleges and universities.

Affordable Colleges Online
Site provides an online 529 Savings Plan Guidebook which gives both general and state-specific information on these plans, which can help students and their families to plan for the cost of their education. The site also offers access to free online college level courses, as well as information on both online and campus schools that are affordable options.

CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE
PROFILE is the financial aid application service sponsored by the College Board on behalf of member academic institutions and scholarship programs that use the information provided to award non-governmental aid to students.

FAFSA on the Web
Users can determine eligibility for federal student aid, file and correct their FAFSA form, check status, and view their student aid report online at this site. Federal Student Aid is an office of the U.S. Department of Education.

FastWeb
Free scholarship and college search service that matches users to scholarships for which they qualify from a database of about 1.5 million scholarships. Information and discussion boards covering colleges, jobs, internships, and financial aid are offered as well.

FinAid!
Search for scholarships, fellowships and financial aid, as well as military career and tuition assistance from diverse sources. Financial aid resources directed toward specific user groups (i.e. minority, disabled and international students) or specific programs of study such as medical or business school can also be found.

NCAA Scholarships and Internships
Athletic and academic scholarships that are funded by the National Collegiate Athletic Association for eligible student athletes are posted here, but awarded and administered by individual colleges. Find internship opportunities as well.

Sallie Mae College Answer
Sallie Mae, the leading U.S. provider of student loans and administrator of college savings plans provides information on paying for and financing your education, as well as a free scholarship search database. A College Cost Calculator and Education Investment Planner are available to help determine savings needed to meet college expenses.

Scholarships.com
Free online service allows you to search over 2.7 million scholarships and grants available at local, state and national level. Create a personal profile and receive information on scholarships and grants customized to your requirements.

Student Aid on the Web
Get information here from the U.S. Department of Education on federal student aid programs, financial aid, and scholarships. A Budget Calculator and Repayment Estimator to estimate federal student loan payments are available as well.

DISTANCE LEARNING

Thomas Edison State College
A regionally accredited New Jersey public institution of higher learning, Thomas Edison claims to offer “flexible, high-quality, collegiate learning opportunities for self-directed adults.” Online classes are available, and degree programs and certificates are offered in over 100 areas of study.

Distance Education and Training Council
This organization is the nationally recognized accrediting agency for distance education institutions. An online directory and search engine for accredited institutions is available at this site.

 

New Jersey Virtual University
This site provides an index of distance education programs offered by various New Jersey colleges and universities. Links to participating institutions and state agencies concerned with education are also available.

Peterson’s Distance Learning
Search here for distance learning and online degree programs by school name, keyword, course of study or degree level. Links to featured online programs as well as to information on program accreditation and financial aid are also provided.

World Wide Learn
Online directory where users can search distance learning and online degree programs for all levels and subjects, career education programs, and for online courses and training. Career planning and resources for learning can also be found.

GRADUATE SCHOOLS

GradSchools.com
Comprehensive online directory listing almost 60,000 programs worldwide. Schools and programs may be searched geographically, by field of study, or by subject. Free registration enables users to be “matched” with graduate schools and scholarships, and to be contacted by graduate schools and programs.

Peterson’s Graduate Planner
Plan and organize your search for graduate schools, and prep for graduate entrance exams with timed, full-length practice tests online. Also search for financial aid including both awards and loans at this site. An overview of the admissions process, including information on essays and personal statements is also available.

U.S. News & World Report – Best Graduate Schools
Annual survey that ranks over 1,200 graduate programs, including professional programs in medicine, law and business. A premium online edition provides additional information including average test scores, expanded school profiles, financial aid information and average starting salaries in certain fields.

STUDY ABROAD

GoAbroad.com
This site bills itself as a “one-stop information center” for international student travel. Information is provided for students wishing to study and/or obtain their degree abroad, as well as those who want to teach, volunteer, intern or work in another country.

Institute of International Education – IIE Passport
Search for study abroad programs or student centers by location, language, or field of study. Advice center, scholarship search, articles and newsletter are also available.

StudyAbroad.com
Find information here on different opportunities for foreign study including intensive language programs, semester or summer programs, internships and service learning, volunteering or teaching. Students can also learn about travel essentials such as insurance, documentation, and ways to stay in touch with those at home.

MISCELLANEOUS

OPE Campus Security Statistics
This site, administered by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education, provides annual statistics on campus crime for all postsecondary U.S. institutions that receive that receive Title IV funding from the federal government. Links to other sites providing information on campus security are available as well.

School Guides – College Fair Calendar
Online calendar that gives monthly information on college fairs throughout the country. Links to all types of college information are also provided.