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APPLY FOR FINANCIAL AID ONLINE

FAFSA on the web(www.fafsa.ed.gov)

You can file your free application for federal Student Aid online every year at this web site. We suggest that you carefully check the browser requirements to make certain that you can successfully file online. Reminder: our priority FAFSA filing deadline for undergraduates is Feb. 25th every year.



FREE SCHOLARSHIP SEARCH SERVICES ONLINE

The following is a list of several web sites that provide information on outside private, federal, and state scholarships. Outside scholarships are awarded based on a wise variety of different criteria, such as: age, academics, need, organization affiliations, residence, major, etc. These sites should provide information on how and when to apply for scholarships you may be eligible for after you’ve entered some biographical and demographic info about yourself. Please allow sufficient time to actually apply as some scholarships have lengthy applications or require an essay. We have briefly screened the following web sites, but as always you should be wary of any web site that asks for sensitive info (e.g. Soc. Sec.  #, credit card #) and of scholarship programs that charges a fee to apply. Good Luck!

FASTWEB: www.fastweb.com

SAT: www.collegeboard.com

CASHE-College Aid Sources for Higher Education (from SallieMae online): www.saalliemae.com

MACH 25 (from CollegeNet): www.collegenet.com/mach25/

GoodCall: www.goodcall.com/scholarships

Scholarships.com’s Database: www.scholarships.com


OTHER IMPORTANT FINANCIAL AID RESOURCES ONLINE


The Financial Aid Information Page
www.finaid.org

“This page provides a free, comprehensive, independent, and objective guide to Student Financial Aid”. It provides information on sources of aid, a scholarship scam alert listing, and alternative funding for special interest students (i.e. international students, graduate students, minority students, etc).

“A research guide for parents, students, and education professionals”. This site provides information on helpful books, web sites, and other important resources regarding financial aid.

The site includes the CASH for college publication online. This publication includes information on how to apply for financial aid, a definition of the expected family contribution, and how dependency status is determined. There is also an excellent description here for the Hope Scholarship and Lifelong Learning Programs that are both actually tax credits (not scholarships) available under the 1997 Taxpayer Relief Act.


NYSFAAA (NY State Financial Aid Administrators Association) www.nysfaaa.org

This site includes information on financial aid application procedures. Scholarship information and other resources are provided. You can also estimate your financial aid eligibility.

FSA Federal Student Aid www.studentaid.ed.gov

National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators www.NASFAA.org

SallieMae www.salliemae.com


TIPS FOR APPLYING & PREPARING FOR COLLEGE

ACT - College/Career Planning - www.actstudent.org/career/

College Board - www.collegeboard.com

College Planning Center - www.collegeplanning.org

ED.gov: Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education - www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/transition.html

Getting Ready for College Early - www.ed.gov/pubs/GettingReadyCollegeEarly

Preparing Your Child for College: A Resource Book for Parents - www.ed.gov/pubs/Prepare/index.html


COLLEGE ENTRANCE EXAM PREPARATION

ACT - www.actstudent.org/index.html

CollegeBoard.com - www.collegeboard.com/testing

ETS - www.ets.org

NUMBER2.com - www.number2.com

Test Prep Review - www.testprepreview.com

Vocabulary University - www.vocabulary.com


EXPLORE AND APPLY TO COLLEGES ONLINE

Common Application -app.commonapp.org

New England Board of Higher Education - www.nebhe.org

PETERSON'S - www.petersons.com

The Princeton Review - www.princetonreview.com

XAP - www.xap.com


STUDENT ATHLETES

NAIA - www.naia.org

NCAA - www.ncaa.org

NCAA INITIAL-ELIGIBILITY CLEARINGHOUSE - www.ncaaclearinghouse.net

NJCAA: National Junior College Athletic Association - www.njcaa.org


PLANNING YOUR CAREER

Find a Career that Matches Your Interests

COLLEGE AND CAREER QUEST EXERCISE - www.njsca.org/col/colquest.htm

Career Exploration Resources for High School Students

CONNECTICUT DEPARTMENT OF LABOR: Pathways to the World of Work for Young Adults - www.ctdol.state.ct.us/youth/main.htm
(Career planning including information on job applications, interviewing and rules for working)

Job & Career ConneCTion - www.ctjobandcareer.org
(A comprehensive site providing links to self-assessment tools, occupational information, educational resources and job search services)

The Riley Guide - www.rileyguide.com
(Compiled by Margaret F. Dikel, an all-encompassing career planning resource)

Career Descriptions & Requirements

AMERICA'S CAREER INFONET - www.acinet.org/acinet

Career Guide to Industries - www.bls.gov/oco/cg

Collegeboard.com: Majors & Careers Central - www.collegeboard.com/csearch/majors_careers

JobStar Central: Career Guides - www.jobstar.org/tools/career/index.cfm

Occupational Outlook Handbook - www.bls.gov/oco

O*NET OnLine - online.onetcenter.org

Connecticut Occupational Licensure

CT-Clic.com - www.ct-clic.com

University-based Career Centers

Career Centers at Various Universities - www.careerresource.net/carserv

Volunteerism

AMERICORPS - www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps

Citizen Corps - www.citizencorps.gov

Corporation For National and Community Service - www.cns.gov

Department of Higher Education: Connecticut Commission on Community Service - www.ctohe.org/cccs

Peace Corps - www.peacecorps.gov

Volunteer.gov/gov - www.volunteer.gov/gov

Internships

InternHere.com - www.internhere.com

 

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