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Resources

These days, information and opinion on education and the college admissions process abound like never before.  With so much chatter out there, it's important to find resources that are trustworthy.

 

Here are just a few of my favorite books, as well as links to useful college research sites. 

Books:

Fiske Guide to Colleges 

The Best 380 Colleges by The Princeton Review

Colleges That Change Lives by Loren Pope

 

What Are The Arts & Sciences? Dan Rockmore, Editor

Mindset by Carol Dweck

How To Raise An Adult by Julie Lythcott-Haims

Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be by Frank Bruni

How To Talk So Teens Will Listen & Listen So Teens Will Talk by Faber & Mazlish

Letting Go: A Parents Guide to Understanding The College Years by Coburn & Treeger

Getting The Best Out Of College by Feaver, Wasiolek & Crossman

There Is Life After College by Jeffrey Selingo

 

Websites:

Big Future by the College Board

College Navigator

Gap Year Association

USA Gap Year Fairs

 

Testing:

College Board: for information and registration for the SAT, Subject Tests and APs

ACT: information and registration

National Center for Fair and Open Testing: for information on test-optional schools

 

Financial Aid:

FinAid.org: comprehensive information on student financial aid

FAFSA4caster: use this online tool for an initial estimate of your eligibility for need-based aid (Federal Methodology only)

College Board EFC Calculator: this online tool for need-based aid eligibility uses both Federal AND Institutional Methodology (many private colleges use Institutional Methodology) 

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid): the application used by all colleges that receive federal funding to determine financial aid

CSS Profile: in addition to the FAFSA, some colleges require the CSS Profile for their financial aid formula as well.