Resources

To assist you throughout your current and/or future work as a college advising professional, we have included a list of various college advising resources and handouts for you to use in your respective educational contexts.

 

Financial Aid

National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) 

The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) provides professional development for financial aid administrators; advocates for public policies that increase student access and success; serves as a forum on student financial aid issues, and is committed to diversity throughout all activities.

Federal Student Aid 

Federal Student Aid, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation. Federal Student Aid is responsible for managing the student financial assistance programs authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. These programs provide grants, loans, and work-study funds to students attending college or career school.

NASFAA State Financial Aid Programs 

Almost every state education agency has at least one grant or scholarship available to residents, and many have a long list of student aid programs. Eligibility is usually restricted to state residents attending a college in-state, but that's not always the case. Click on your state to find out what financial aid programs may be available to you through your state education agency. Also check out state and regional tuition exchanges and keep in mind that other state-sponsored aid may available through non-profit organizations in your area.

NASFAA State & Regional College Tuition Discounts 

Many states have programs that allow residents to attend university in another state, without having to pay out-of-state tuition.

Vets.gov GI Bill Comparison Tool 

College Board Financial Aid Award Letter Comparison Tool 

Pell Abacus 

Pell Abacus is a free search site that helps students get financial aid estimates directly from schools. Pell Abacus lets you compare the “net prices” of any school in their system. Pell Abacus is created and maintained by ECMC Innovation Lab. The Lab is part of the non-profit, ECMC Group, which offers Pell Abacus as a free public resource. ECMC seeks to help students succeed. 

Edvisors Article: Colleges With "No Loans" Financial Aid Policies 

Student loans are often a significant part of a financial aid package. Some schools want to help students leave school without debt, and have introduced “no loans” financial aid policies. This article explores what that really means and where these programs exist. 

Institute for College Access & Success (TICAS) 

An independent, nonprofit organization, the Institute for College Access & Success (TICAS) works to make higher education more available and affordable for people of all backgrounds. By conducting and supporting nonpartisan research, analysis, and advocacy, TICAS aims to improve the processes and public policies that can pave the way to successful educational outcomes for students and for society. One of TICAS’ initiatives is the Project on Student Debt, which works to increase public understanding of this student debt and the implications for our families, economy, and society.

 

Scholarship Search Tools

Big Future by College Board Scholarship Search 

College Greenlight 

Fastweb 

Educators for Fair Consideration (e4fc) Scholarship Database 

 

National College Advising Services for Students

Matriculate 

Matriculate’s mission is to empower high-achieving, low-income high school students to make the leap to our best colleges and universities. Matriculate trains talented college students at top institutions to connect remotely with high-achieving, low-income high school students, providing the information, guidance, and support that these high school students need to navigate the college process.

College Point 

College Point individual advisors use text message, phone, email, Skype and Google Hangouts to help students from low and moderate-income families apply to, enroll in, and graduate from top colleges.

ScholarMatch 

ScholarMatch provides free college counseling resources and services for aspiring college students from low-income families.

Bottom Line 

Bottom Line helps low-income and first-generation-to-college students get to and through college. We are committed to building strong connections with our students, providing them with individual support, and ensuring they have the guidance they need to persist and earn a college degree.

College Possible 

College Possible is making college admission and success possible for low-income students through an intensive curriculum of coaching and support.

 

College Search and Application Tools

U.S. Department of Education College Scorecard 

Big Future by College Board College Search 

Khan Academy College Admission Guide 

Official SAT Practice 

ACT Online Prep 

Princeton Review Free ACT Online Demo and Test 

Princeton Review Free SAT Online Demo and Test 

The Common Application 

The Common Application Fee Waivers 

The Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success Student Application 

The Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success Student Application Fee Waivers 

 

Handouts and Activity Sheets

U.S. Federal Student Aid Handouts 

U.S. Department of Education Scorecard Guide 

U.S. Department of Education College Scorecard Communications Toolkit 

Big Future by College Board Handouts and Presentations 

College Board College Advising Essentials Volume 1: Handouts, Resources, and Activities 

College Board College Advising Essentials Volume 2: Handouts and Resources 

College Board CSS Profile Student Guide for the 2017-2018 School Year 

College Board Financial Aid Essentials: Handouts and Resources 

Educators for Fair Consideration (e4fc) Top 10 Ways to Support Undocumented Students 

SAT Fee Waiver Student Brochure 

ACT Fee Waiver Procedures 

The Common Application Training Resources Library 

The Coalition Application for Access, Affordability and Success Counselor and Mentor Resources 

 

Research and Data

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation True Merit Report, January 2016 

Ensuring Our Brightest Students Have Access to Our Best Colleges and Universities

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, Best Practices & State Strategies 

Closing the Excellence Gap Best Practices & State Strategies

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, Equal Talents, Unequal Opportunities, March 2015 

A Report Card on State Support for Academically Talented Low-Income Students

Mobility Report Cards: The Role of Colleges in Intergenerational Mobility, January 2017 

The Missing “One-Offs”: The Hidden, Supply of High-Achieving, Low-Income Students 

What Does the Research Say about Early Awareness Strategies for College Access and Success?

Roadmap for Tracking Your Student Results: Program Data & Systems 

Half the FAFSA: Cutting the Red Tape to Postsecondary Student Aid, January 2017

FAFSA Completion Rates in 68 U.S. Cities for the High School Class of 2015, December 2016 

Financial Aid Eligibility Mindsets Among Low-Income Students: Why Do Some Believe They Can't Receive Financial Aid for College? October 2016 

Closing the Graduation Gap: National College Access and Success Benchmarking Report September 2016 

Undergraduate Degree Earners Report, 2015-16 

High School Benchmarks 2016: National College Progression Rates for high schools participating in the National Student Clearinghouse StudentTracker service 

2016 Inside Higher Ed Survey of College & University Admissions Directors 

NACAC State of College Admission Report 2015  

Counseling and College Completion: The Road Ahead 

The Effects of Student Coaching in College: An Evaluation of a Randomized Experiment in Student Mentoring 

Average Student Has Better Chance (77%) of Graduating at Selective Universities Compared to Open Access Schools (51%), Georgetown University Analysis Finds 

Indicators of Higher Education Equity in the United States, 45 Year Trend Report  

Indicators of Higher Education Equity in the United States, 2016 Historical Trend Report 

The Promise and Peril of Predictive Analytics in Higher Education 

Trends in High School Dropout and Completion Rates in the United States 

Looking Back to Move Forward: A History of Federal Student Aid 

Higher Education Earnings Premium: Value, Variation, and Trends 

 

Professional Development

National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) 

The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), founded in 1937, is an organization of more than 16,000 professionals from around the world dedicated to serving students as they make choices about pursuing postsecondary education. NACAC is committed to maintaining high standards that foster ethical and social responsibility among those involved in the transition process, as outlined in the NACAC Statement of Principles of Good Practice (SPGP). 

NACAC Statement of Principles of Good Practice (SPGP) 

American School Counselor Association (ASCA) 

The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) supports school counselors' efforts to help students focus on academic, career and social/emotional development so they achieve success in school and are prepared to lead fulfilling lives as responsible members of society. ASCA provides professional development, publications and other resources, research and advocacy to professional school counselors around the globe.

National College Access Network (NCAN) 

National College Access Network (NCAN) is to build, strengthen, and empower communities committed to college access and success so that all students, especially those underrepresented in postsecondary education, can achieve their educational dreams.

National Partnership for Educational Access (NPEA) 

NPEA is a membership association dedicated to promoting quality, success, and growth amongst member organizations, partner schools, and communities committed to educational access. NPEA provides access to and participation in a collaborative learning community where organizations, institutions and individuals work to provide and expand educational opportunities for motivated, underserved students across the United States.

College Board Professional Development  

College Board College Counseling Source Book, 7th Edition – Advice and Strategies from Experienced School Counselors 

Western Association for College Admission Counseling (WACAC) 

The Western Association for College Admission Counseling supports and advances the work of counseling and enrollment professionals from California and Nevada as they help all students realize their full potential, with emphasis on freshman and transfer transitions to higher education and attention to access and equity for all students.

Dakota Association for College Admission Counseling 

States: North Dakota and South Dakota

Great Plains Association for College Admission Counseling 

States: Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma

Hawaii Association for College Admission Counseling 

Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling 

Indiana Association for College Admission Counseling 

International Association for College Admission Counseling 

Iowa Association for College Admission Counseling 

Kentucky Association for College Admission Counseling 

Michigan Association for College Admission Counseling  

Minnesota Association for College Admission Counseling 

Missouri Association for College Admission Counseling 

New England Association for College Admission Counseling 

States: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont

New Jersey Association for College Admission Counseling  

New York State Association for College Admission Counseling 

Ohio Association for College Admission Counseling 

Pacific Northwest Association for College Admission Counseling 

Regions: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington

Pennsylvania Association for College Admission Counseling 

Potomac and Chesapeake Association for College Admission Counseling 

States: Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia

Rocky Mountain Association for College Admission Counseling 

States: Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming

Southern Association for College Admission Counseling 

States: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee 

Texas Association for College Admission Counseling 

Western Association for College Admission Counseling 

States: California and Nevada

Wisconsin Association for College Admission Counseling