Illinois Student Information
College Illinois is a 529 prepaid tuition plan that allows you to lock in the current cost of tuition and fees, protecting you against future tuition inflation. College Illinois is administered through the Illinois Student Assistance Commission.
In this site students can access information on colleges, financial aid, and scholarships. Parents can get information on prepaid tuition programs, selecting colleges, and paying for colleges.
This is a link to the ACT official web site.
College Board Online-SAT Information
Students, parents, and counselors will find a comprehensive menu of information to aid in the transition to college. Includes EXPAN college, career, and financial aid database. Also, there is SAT information available at this site.
Test Prep on line. Self tests plus many topics.
The Princeton Review helps people find and get into the right college or other school. They have great resources to help with testing, admissions, financial aid, etc.
Free on-line ACT test allows you to see your answers and explains the ones you got wrong.
The world's largest and oldest private sector scholarship database. 20 years of Scholarship research, constantly updated.
Very comprehensive site contains a database of over 600,000 scholarships and is growing all the time. Complete a questionaire and Faset Web will give you a list of scholarships for which you are eligible. Some scholarship applications are available on line. Fast Web will also notify you if additional scholarships are added to its database that are a match for you.
Scholarship search engine. Site also has information on loans and government programs.
This comprehensive site lists scholarships that are unlimited in number, and require no interview, essay, portfolio, audition competition of other "secondary" requirements. The scholarships are listed by college. This site would be especially useful to valedictorians and other students with outstanding qualifications.
Scholarships.com is the Internet's premiere free college scholarship search engine and financial aid resource, connecting students and parents with financial aid opportunities.
Scholarships organized into the following categories: religion, athletics, college major, state of residence, minorities, and handicaps.
Site run by the Federal Trade Commission that helps students and parents avoid unethical scholarship database providers.
Fill out an on line questionnaire and let Wired Scholar find scholarships from its database that match your characteristics.
Thinking about college? You probably have a lot of questions: How does the application process work? What sort of college is right for me? How much will college cost? With planning, preparation--and the right information--college is possible for almost every American. Use the links below to access a wealth of information about your college experience.
A site that has virtual college tours, webcams, campus maps, college movies, videos, and pictures.
This site has a college search, information on applying to colleges, scholarships, and more.
Examine more than 3,800 schools to find the college that's right for you. Take a virtual campus tour, apply online, and more.
Students, parents, and educators may use this page to request college and university catalogues, admissions applications, and information about scholarships and financial aid.
Illinois has 49 community colleges serving 40 districts across the state. This site can link you to any two-year college in our state.
Identify colleges by location, major, tuition, sports, and more. This site also has information on test preparation and financial aid.
To complete the FAFSA on the web
The FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. FAFSA opens the door to the federal aid process. Usually the FAFSA is submitted in February because you will need financial information from the previous year. Tax records as well as other financial information is needed. The website will have information about what is needed.
Information on completing the FAFSA
Using this site will allow you to get a Personal Identification Number (PIN). Your PIN serves as your electronic signature and provides access to your personal records, you should never give your PIN to anyone. Be sure your PIN is in a safe place; you will be able to use the same PIN in the future to apply electronically for student aid and access your U.S. Department of Education records.
Resources For Athletes
This is a link to over 13,000 web pages for men's and women's athletic programs at universities. It is organized by sport/gender/state.
This site contains valuable information for the potential college athlete including eligibity requirements for Division I, II, and II schools.
The National Junior College Athletic Association provides opportunities for student-athletes to continue their athletic careers. The NJCAA is divided into three divisions just like the NCAA. THe schools who are members of this organization are two year comunity and junior colleges. After completing their eligibility, a student-athlete may choose to continue their academic and athletic career at a NCAA or NAIA school.
The small, private colleges and universities that are members fo the NAIA offer most of the same opportunites as NCAA schools.
National Christian College Athletic Association
Find Division I and II Christian colleges for various sports.
Financial Aid Information
This site contains basic information on selecting a school, how to get money for school, what parents need to know, and a financial need estimator.
FinAid: Financial Aid Information
Financial Aid Information-regularly updated, current, objective-vast source of all types of financial information. Excellent information.
National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
This is a professional site that has many links to financial aid information of special interest to parents.
This is an extensive Financial aid site, it includes scholarship and loan information.
Males must register for selective service before they can receive financial aid. This site allows you to register on-line.
The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC)
This site has links to Infro Cafe, Infonet, and Mapping Your Future - information on grant, scholarship & loan programs administrated by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission and other financial advice for families and students preparing for college.
This is a booklet maintained by the federal government that explains how financial aid works. It also has information about the types of financial aid awarded by the government: PELL grants, Direct and FFEL Stafford, PLUS Loans, Consolidation loans, work study and Perkins Loans.
US Department of Education: Student Financial Assistance
This site provides information on financial assistance from the education Department (ED). The Department (ED) will provide more than $67 billion this year, about 70% of all student aid, to help millions of students and families pay for postsecondary education.
Illinois Colleges and Universities
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