College Resources

Here you’ll find both electronic and print resources for getting through the college application process.  The websites are annotated, and all of the books listed are in the Milne Library collection and link directly to the catalog.  Any questions? Ask us for help!

Test Preparation

College Board - SAT practice

The College Board administers the SAT and other standardized tests for higher education; their site is an excellent go-to resource for all kinds of test preparation.

 

Khan Academy-Test Prep

This great online learning resource has full practice tests and instructional videos to help you understand and questions that you answered incorrectly.

 

Test Prep Review

Powered by Mometrix Test Preparation, this website provides free practice tests and study guides, in addition to other college admissions information. As it is for-profit, they do market some of their test preparation products. 

Applying to College - The Admissions Process

Websites:

Best Colleges

Although this website was created by a private company (may have some biases), it provides a comprehensive college to-do list, from getting good grades to getting on an admissions waitlist.  Also has a “Career Interests” quiz to help you narrow down your career interests.

College Scorecard

Maintained by the U.S. Department of Education, this robust site assists not only with college planning, but also with career planning in general.

Khan Academy

The site with many online, high-quality virtual courses also has a link with a “Master Plan” of what you should do for college planning, starting in ninth grade!

 

The Princeton Review

Here you'll find a useful, dependable list of the college application steps to take, in chronological order from a renowned source.

World Higher Education Database

In collaboration with UNESCO, the International Association of Universities developed this extensive database of four-year degree programs found all over the world.

Admissions Essay Writing

Websites:

 

Advice from College Admissions Officers

Six experienced undergraduate admissions officers provide some insightful suggestions about how to approach this very important essay.

 

Books:

Complete Guide to College Application Essays 2020

The Princeton Review

378.161 Pri

Pitch Perfect: How to Write a Successful College Admission Essay 2012

Moynahan, Molly 

378.1 Moy

Tuition/Financial Aid

Websites:

 

Massachusetts-based:

American Student Assistance (ASA)

Funded by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, includes a hotline and in-person locations you can visit for higher ed financial planning assistance, not to mention tools for helping students make career choices.

Massachusetts Education Finance Authority (MEFA) 

Helps families and educators plan for college through savings plans, cost estimators and low-interest loans.  Excellent site!

 

Tuition Break

The New England Board of Higher Education’s program, Tuition Break, enables residents of the six New England states to pay less in tuition at many public colleges throughout New England. Visit their site to explore some of the 800 programs Massachusetts residents are eligible for through Tuition Break

 

National:

The College Board Scholarship Search

In addition to scholarship information, the College Board site rewards high school students for completing the application steps with prize money, in addition to an entry for a $40,000 award towards college - if you complete all of the steps! 

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is administered by the U.S. Department of Education, and provides schools with data about applicants’ financial pictures.  You must fill it out to receive aid from any higher education institution by the stated deadline.  Also, to receive a basic estimate of what kind of aid you might receive, fill out the FAFSA4caster

 

Tuition Tracker

This site provides an interactive tool for comparing colleges using data that shows what schools actually cost the year students expect to enroll. It is managed by The Hechinger Report and powered by the U.S. Department of Education.