Links

State Council of Higher Education for Virginia
http://www.schev.edu/index/students-and-parents/resources -- Virginia's higher-education system provides a wide range of resources for students and prospective students. This page includes links on topics such as paying for college.

Federal Student Aid
https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/resources --DOE resources on preparing for college or career school, applying for aid, consumer protection, and more, such as:
https://fafsa.ed.gov/ --FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)--gateway to Federal aid.
https://fafsa.ed.gov/FAFSA/app/f4cForm?execution=e1s1 --FAFSA4caster--provides estimates of eligibility for federal student aid and a college cost worksheet.
https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/es/glossary -- This Spanish glossary is one of the many resources (webpages, PDFs, and videos) in Spanish that can be found on this DOE page.

FinAid! The Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid
http://finaid.org/ -- A highly readable, comprehensive source of student financial aid information, advice and tools, including calculators that estimate expected family contributions using FAFSA and PROFILE.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities
http://www.hbcupages.com--listings and links to 100+ HBCUs, plus career guidance.

Colleges That Change lives
http://ctcl.org/about/ --Organization of 40 colleges based on the book written by Loren Pope.

National Association of College Admissions Guide to The College Admission Process
https://www.nacacnet.org/globalassets/documents/publications/gcap.pdf --This 84-page PDF is easy to navigate and has information on multiple topics such as college fairs and financial aid.

SAT
https://www.collegeboard.org--official site for SAT, PSAT, AP, and other testing. From this page, you can also link to the Profile, an application form for non-Federal funds; used by many colleges and scholarships.

ACT
http://www.actstudent.org--official site for ACT testing and associated products.

FairTest
http://fairtest.org/university/optional--This list includes 900+ institutions that are "test optional," "test flexible" or otherwise de-emphasize the use of standardized tests.

NCAA Eligibility Center for college bound athletes.
https://web3.ncaa.org/ecwr3/ -- This page has information for all levels of prospective college athletes and is the gateway to certification to play at Division I and II schools.

Gap Year Programs
https://usagapyearfairs.org/programs/ -- profile of each Gap Year program and a link to its full website.

National Center for Educational Statistics/Navigator
http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/ --searchable database of colleges and their statistics.

Common Application
https://www.commonapp.org/ -- The most widely used application, nearly 700 colleges and universities accept the Common Application.

Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success
http://www.coalitionforcollegeaccess.org/ -- The Coalition has developed a free platform of online tools for use in applying to colleges. In the fall of 2017, 95 colleges and universities will accept the Coalition Application.