Have questions about going to college? Wonder about college prep courses? Think the cost of college makes it out of reach for you and your family? Need help with SAT prep? Wonder what you as a parent can do to help your child have the career he or she has always dreamed about? Feel free to look over our collection of resources that answer many questions --- often before they are even asked!
- I'm First! Guide to College
This resource was developed to help students like you get to college and succeed. It is designed to turn your college dreams into action-oriented goals and simplify the steps to college so you know what to do next.
- What Kids Can Do
Constantly updated with relevant newsworthy information, this website presents a dual message to the reader. It explains the power of what young people can accomplish when given the opportunity and supports they need and describes what they can control.
- Don't Get Scammed Fact Sheet (PDF)
Financial aid scams are a hot topic these days. You should be aware of the tactics companies use to convince students to buy their services. Here are some of the most common claims students are hearing.
- Can You Spot a Scholarship Scam?
Scholarships have become a target for financial aid con artists. Find out the tell-tale signs of a potential scam and what to do if you suspect a scam.
Applying to College
- College View-books
Students can fill out one simple form and request up to 20 college view-books and applications mailed directly to their homes.
Explore schools and careers; improve your SAT and ACT scores and skills; find scholarships and financial aid. Download free software for applications to more than 700 U.S. colleges and universities.
Compiled here is the latest academic research on online education which could help you decide if online college programs are for you.
Check out schools
Search the online database of colleges and narrow down your selections by school, size, tuition rates, and site.
- Create a College Watch-list
There is a free online tool called "College List" you can use to keep a college watch list, create and manage online applications, research college websites, and more.
- Letters of Recommendation
Most college applications request two or three recommendation letters form people who know the candidate both in and out of the classroom. This website offers guidelines to help understand the process in order to determine the best candidates for you
- College Application FAQs
Here are some frequently asked questions (and answers) about the college interview process.
- College Application Calendar
College applications can seem overwhelming at first glance. What needs to be done, and when? Prospective college students can use this calendar to get a birds-eye view of the college application process. He/she can use the "my organizer" account to t
- Application Requirements
Application requirements are more than just a form. They vary from college to college, but most have a common set of requirements. This site provides a checklist of these components.
- Degree Directory
Select the jobs you are interested in and find out their educational requirements.
- Career Voyages
At this site you can start exploring the career options in demand by knowing about the high growth jobs and those that pay higher wages.
- BLS Career Information
This site is supported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and it helps you learn about the different jobs out there, how you get ready, how much they pay, and other important facts.
- MDOT Summer Program
The Michigan Department of Transportation Youth Development and Mentoring Program accepts applications during the spring each year. Access a useful application guide here.
College Entrance Exam Prep
SAT site containing SAT practice problems, customized SAT preparation plan, SAT problem solving videos, free online SAT book, test and materials.
- College Board
This commercial site also includes review SAT questions and explanations, including a full length test. It also is much more than an SAT test review site as it provides much of the same information as the SAT site in a slightly different format.
While this site offers preparation resources for the multiple-choice ACT test that covers four skill areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science; it provides much more assistance if fully utilized.
College Application Essay Help
- Ivy League Admission
This is a commercial essay writing service site yet it also offers free advice for competitive admissions programs.
- College Board - What's in a College Essay?
Understanding What Colleges Are Looking for in Your Child
- College Board - Types of Essays & Sample Questions
What Your Child Writes About is Revealing
- College Board - Recipe for a Draft
Help Your Child Kick-Start the Application Essay
- College Board - Essay Tips for Your Child
Conquering the Blank Page
The personal essay is a source of anxiety for most prospective college students. It is the least structured part of the college application process and can carry a lot of weight with admission officials.
Financial Aid & Savings Opportunities
- Kellogg Community College
While this site contains all Kellogg Community College information, this is pointed to financial aid information and options.
- Federal Government Student Aid
An all inclusive site that answers practically any questions a prospective college student might have, particularly as they relate to the financial aid process.
- Collegeboard's College Financing Calculator
This site provides a financial calculator to help parents and students determine their financial position as it relates to specific colleges.
- U.S. Department of Education Budget Calculator
The US government maintains this site and provides a financial calculator to help parents and students determine their financial position as it relates to specific colleges.
- Financial Aid Calendar
Rather than be intimidated by the prospect of applying for financial aid, get educated and get organized. This site helps you get organized through the use of an online organizer, research financial aid and scholarship options, and understand just ho
- How to Apply for a Scholarship
This site provides some tips you can use to create solid applications and avoid common scholarship mistakes.
- Where the Scholarships Are
While most student aid comes in the form of federal education loans and grants from colleges, scholarships also get a huge amount of attention from students and their parents.
- Financial Literacy
A recent study found that over half (study estimated 70%) of Americans are effectively financially illiterate - meaning the skills of handling money, saving and investmenting are underdeveloped or insufficient. Check out the website for The Simple Dollar to learn more about financial responsibility.
- Michigan Education Savings Plans
Information relating to the various Michigan Education Savings Plans is provided at this site.
- The Sallie Mae Fund
Search our free scholarship database of scholarships worth over $16 billion, to uncover scholarships for high school, college, grad, and adult students. Start your scholarship search now!
Preparing for College
- Know How 2 Go
An excellent resource providing information for middle school through high school students helping them prepare for college. Interactive, informative, and fun.
- Mapping your Future
This is an excellent non-profit website that gives free advice regarding college, career and financial aid services to everyone from middle schoolers to graduate students to parents. Many of the experiences are interactive.
- Federal Student Aid Website - Funding Your Education
In addition to a list entitled "Ways to Reduce College Costs", this site includes detail regarding college funding options.
- Federal Student Aid Website - To Do List for Applying for College
The "To Do" list walks students through all the steps to follow when applying to colleges.
- Federal Student Aid Website - Developing a Timeline for Each Year
Click on Planner Timeline for actual timelines to follow through all high school years to prepare for college. Click on Student Planner for a free online student planner.
- Federal Student Aid Website
An excellent website that covers many more topics than just financial aid. You are encouraged to search this site independently, and we have included a few areas of interest you may find helpful.
- Kellogg Community College
The college website of Kellogg Community College is also a great resource for financial aid information and preparing new students for college.
- State of Michigan High School Graduation Requirements
This state sponsored site provides valuable information regarding the state mandated high school graduation requirements. The following brochures that can be accessed through this site: A Parent's Guide to Graduation Requirements Michigan Merit
- College Is Possible
College Is Possible is The American Council on Education's youth development program that motivates middle and high school students from under-served communities to seek a college education. This site serves as an excellent resource for parents and pr
- Think College Early
A free resource provided by the government that assists both students and parents in all areas of college awareness, preparation, and financial planning. Many segments are interactive. It also provides a great "toolbox" of additional websites that ca
- Top Schools
A complete database of colleges and universities around the nation to help you as you assess your options. Top Schools give you the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding school admissions, tuition and financial aid, by providing you with governmental statistics as well as direct links to school websites and other relevant resources.
- NCAA Clearinghouse - A resource for students interested in being a college athlete at Division 1 and/or Division 2 schools that includes must do steps, class requirements, and GPA and test scores needed from high school in order to be eligible.