College Board - In addition to providing all the information you need about the PSAT and SAT, the College Board website has tools for planning for, finding and applying to college. It offers an interactive tool called "My Organizer" that is well worth signing up for.
ACT, Inc. - A Student Site for ACT Test Takers - Includes information about registering for the ACT, test prep, financial need estimator, and tips on college and career planning.
College Possible Student Resources - The College Possible website offers resources around testing, financial aid, applications and the enrollment process.
I'm First! (formerly CSO College Center) - A website targeted at first-generation, low income and minority students. Includes an “ask the experts” section where you can send in questions online.
KnowHow2Go - A new website by the National Ad Council and the American Council on Education with practical tips for making your way to college.
The National Association for College Admission Counseling - Learn what you can do in your high school freshman, sophomore, junior and senior years to prepare for college.
Black Excel - Especially dedicated to African-American families, Black Excel includes information about preparing for college, scholarships, historically black colleges (including virtual tours) and summer enrichment programs. You also can sign up for a free newsletter.
The Student Guide - Available in English and Spanish, the Student Guide is a comprehensive resource on student financial aid from the U.S. Department of Education.
Paying for College - The National Association for College Admission Counseling provides this list of trusted, up-to-date sources.
FastWeb - This free service from Monster.com allows users to search over 1.3 million scholarships worth more than $3 billion.
Unigo - Employs a professional staff of data researchers to maintain an up-to-date database of over 2.4 million scholarships worth more than $14.7 billion.
Make Plans Year by Year
Download and print the section that matches your current grade level, and post it where you can look at it often (on your wall, or taped to the front of a notebook). At the end of each year, save the year's completed checklist in a special folder marked "College." It will help you keep track, stay organized, and remind you of important information when the time comes to apply to college in your senior year.
The checklist information was adapted from the WKCD-What Kids Can Do website. WKCD has become an international leader in bringing the promise of young people to the attention of the adults whose encouragement can make all the difference.