Guidance Links

Financial aid

1. At Adventures In Education, www.aie.org, you'll find news about the college experience from national publications, financial aid timelines and answers to frequently asked college-planning questions in both English and Spanish.

2. Learn the difference between grants, loans and scholarships at All Student Loan Corporation's Web site, www.allstudentloan.org, where you can also calculate how much moola your family will need for college

3. You can find links to online college applications at American Education Services, www.aessuccess.org, search for colleges and discover your teen's learning type.

4. Not only can you apply for student loans at Chela Financials site, www.chelastudentloans.org, you can also get money management tips so that you borrow wisely.

5. Register for the SAT, answer sample test questions, confirm test dates and get requirements at the official College Board site, www.collegeboard.com.  

6. Learn how to save for college and what to do if your savings won't cover tuition at Educaid, www.educaid.com, where you can also apply for student loans.

7. Educational Funding Services Inc., www.efsi.net, provides a good glossary of financial aid terms on its Web site.

8. After a brief registration process, FastWeb, www.fastweb.com, will direct your teen to a list of scholarships for which he or she may be eligible. You can also opt to receive e-mail reminders when scholarship application deadlines approach.

9. Take the financial aid quiz and access a financial aid timeline and FAQ at www.educationplanner.com

10. M&T Bank, www.mandtbank.com/personal/loans/plus.cfm, details its education loans here. The site also includes a helpful glossary of terms and is easy to navigate.

11. On student-loan lender Nellie Mae's Web site, www.nelliemae.com, you can learn how to protect yourself from credit card debt, identity theft and more.

12. The Panhandle Plains Student Loan site, www.ppslc.com, has a nice FAQ section that answers questions like what happens if your teen can't make the loan payments or if he or she withdraws from college.

13. Make sure you know what you're doing in the financial aid realm! Download a free borrowing guide from Student Loan Xpress, www.slxpress.com.  

14. Got a question about what financial aid you should be looking for? Check out Student Loan Funding Ask A Counselor feature at www.studentloanfunding.com.

15. The Federal Student Aid site, http://studentaid.ed.gov, is a government-run site that has detailed college-planning timelines, access to the online version of the FAFSA and all kinds of tips for borrowing money (and paying it back).

16. What are colleges really looking for in applicants? For what scholarships does your teen qualify? How do you evaluate acceptance letters? Find the answers at College Answer, www.CollegeAnswer.com.

17. to 26. At these sites, you can talk to recruiters, learn about the educational benefits service people receive, read diaries from active servicemen and women and discover the types of jobs available.
Air Force ROTC: www.afrotc.com
Air National Guard: www.goang.com
Army National Guard: www.arng.army.mil
Army ROTC: www.armyrotc.com
Naval ROTC: www.nrotc.navy.mil
U.S. Air Force: www.airforce.com  
U.S. Army: www.goarmy.com
U.S. Coast Guard: www.gocoastguard.com
U.S. Navy: www.navy.com 
U.S. Marines: www.marines.com

Career Prep

27. Want your teens to talk to adults working in a career field they're considering? They can apply for an e-mentor (they'll talk over e-m il instead of in person) at Net Mentors, www.netmentors.org.

28. Take a free career assessment at www.nextSTEPmag.com/assessment.

College advice

29. Check the official ACT page, www.act.org, for registration information, tips, fees and answers to your teen's most-asked questions.

30. Is your teen looking to go to college outside the United States? Check Brain Track,
www.braintrack.com, for the contact information for more than 6,900 universities around the world.

31. At www.AllScholar.com, your teen can access a free scholarship search tool and read articles about what kinds of scholarships and other financial aid they may qualify for.

32. You'll find the Myths and Realities section helpful on the College Is Possible Web site, www.collegeispossible.org.

33. Need some help on the essay required for your application to college? At Essay Edge, www.essayedge.com,  you can hire a Harvard-educated editor to critique your teens essay, suggest grammar and structure changes and get back to your family within 48 hours.

34. Check out the Latino College Expos scholarship (hurry deadline is March 31!) at www.latinocollegeexpo.org. Also get details on the next Latino College Expo, held in April, where you can meet representatives from more than 100 colleges.

35. Visit with hundreds of college reps at once at a national college fair! Check out the National Association for College Admission Counseling, www.nacac.com, for dates and locations.

36. At The Next Step Magazines site, www.nextSTEPmag.com, your teen can enter the Ultimate Scholarship Giveaway contest. Winners are chosen monthly for cool prizes (like MP3 players and dorm supplies), and there's an annual drawing for a $5,000 scholarship. Don't forget to check out the College Match, which lets your teens search for schools that match their criteria. Teens can send their profiles directly to college recruiters. Your family can also read about more than 100 different careers, financial aid, college life and teen editorials!

37. Petersons, www.petersons.com, is a portal that will lead you to SAT prep programs, financial aid and admissions essay help!

38. Saving, schmaving, right? Wrong! You need to start planning for college expenses early, and Saving For College, www.savingforcollege.com, can help you decipher your options.

39. Scholarship Experts, www.scholarshipexperts.com, charges a fee to use their search, but their database is accurate and worth it. Fill out an online survey, and they'll match you to the scholarships for which you qualify.

40. How important are the SAT IIs? How do you choose a major? Find answers to these and more questions at Super College, www.supercollege.com.
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