Given the difficult economic times, fewer state and local funds are going into college admissions counseling at public high schools. As a consequence, less admissions counseling is available to many students, especially those who need it the most.
adMISSION POSSIBLE® is committed to providing underserved, low income and/or minority students with the highest quality information and best resources available right now. Here is a list. If you have a source you would like to recommend, send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Center for Student Opportunity's Matt Rubinoff and Joseph Tavares have put together a wonderful resource for underrepresented, first generation students: I'm First Guide to College, 2015. You can order it here.
College Board's YouCanGo!
YouCanGo! is College Board's new program to help students who face a variety of academic, financial and other challenges that might hold them back from college. Different students tell their stories, college options are explored, finding nearby colleges is an option, as well as how to follow-through.
ACT's Practice Free Test Question Site
The ACT website offers practice ACT test questions for the English, Math, Reading, Science sections, as well as sample writing samples and testing tips.
College Board's Free Full SAT Practice Test Site
You can take a full SAT practice test online (including the essay portion) and receive scores and feedback.
There is probably no website that more excites students than Kahn Academy. Students from all backgrounds go there to learn, get tutored and get turned on to learning.
Number2.com, a Free Test Prep Service
Get free test tutoring for the SAT, ACT or GRE, and use the vocabulary word builder. Real time reports are offered to monitor your progress.
AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination)
Avid is an elementary through postsecondary college readiness program offered throughout the country to least served students–the B, C and even D students–who want to go onto college.
I'm First! Center for Student Opportunity
A website that offers traditionally underserved students (including first generation, low income, rural and minority student populations) with information, a search mechanism that is oriented toward colleges and universities known for recruitment and retention of underserved students, and more.
I'm First offers a list of colleges and organizations in cities throughout the US that help first generation high school students apply to college. It also offers a list of colleges in the US that are particularly good at supporting first generation college students once they are on their respective campuses.
Sponsored by the American Council on Education and Lumina Foundation for Education, this is a colorful, interactive website that offers low income students excellent advice about how to plan for, do all the right things in school to get admitted to college and receive financial aid. Advice for middle schoolers through senior year.
An organization that offers exceptionally talented low-income students assistance in navigating the college admissions process, college and first job opportunities
SPANISH LANGUAGE RESOURCES
Educacion a Tu Alcance
A Sallie Mae sponsored guide for preparing for and paying for higher education (pdf)
Una Guia de Bolsillo Para Escoger una Universidad: Preguntas a hacer en tus visitas universitarias
www.nsse.iub.edu (In English)
www.nsse.iub.edu (In Spanish)
A National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) pocket guide to chossing a college and questions to ask while visiting colleges
UNDERSERVED, MINORITY SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION
American Indian College Fund
The American Indian College Fund funds and creates awareness of community based Tribal colleges and universities and also offers 6000 scholarships annually to American Indian students.
The Black Excel 200 Free Scholarships for Minorities
The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF)
HSF offers scholarship opportunities for Latino students, as well as helps high school students prepare, get into and graduate from colleges.
Sallie Mae Fund First in My Family Scholarship Program
Developed in partnership with the Hispanic College Fund, this program offers need and merit based scholarships for first generation Latino students
Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC)
A group of Latino educators who support immigrant students in their pursuit of college and citizenship
Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund
A Los Angeles group based dedicated to providing a variety of legal, civil rights and better educational opportunities for Latinos
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
A group dedicated to protecting and promoting the civil rights of Asian Americans, as well as support educational equity for Asian American students.
general Financial Aid information
Go to the Financial Aid section of this site for information about:
FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
A form required by most public colleges and universities
A form required by most private colleges and universities
EARLY PLANNING FOR FINANCIAL AID COSTS OF COLLEGE
FINANCIAL AID CALCULATORS
A system for estimating how much a college will cost and how much financial aid you might get
DEVELOPING A SCHOLARSHIP STRATEGY
FINANCIAL AID FORM TIMELINES
MYTHS ABOUT FINANCIAL AID