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) (Links to an external site.)

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 (Links to an external site.)

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 (Links to an external site.)

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 (Links to an external site.)

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 (Links to an external site.)

College Board Financial Aid Award Letter Comparison Tool (Links to an external site.)

Pell Abacus (Links to an external site.)

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 (Links to an external site.)

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) (Links to an external site.)

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 (Links to an external site.)

College Greenlight (Links to an external site.)

Fastweb (Links to an external site.)

Educators for Fair Consideration (e4fc) Scholarship Database (Links to an external site.)

 

National College Advising Services for Students

Matriculate (Links to an external site.)

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 (Links to an external site.)

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 (Links to an external site.)

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

Bottom Line (Links to an external site.)

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 (Links to an external site.)

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 (Links to an external site.)

Big Future by College Board College Search (Links to an external site.)

Khan Academy College Admission Guide (Links to an external site.)

Official SAT Practice (Links to an external site.)

ACT Online Prep (Links to an external site.)

Princeton Review Free ACT Online Demo and Test (Links to an external site.)

Princeton Review Free SAT Online Demo and Test (Links to an external site.)

The Common Application (Links to an external site.)

The Common Application Fee Waivers (Links to an external site.)

The Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success Student Application (Links to an external site.)

The Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success Student Application Fee Waivers (Links to an external site.)

Handouts and Activity Sheets

U.S. Federal Student Aid Handouts (Links to an external site.)

U.S. Department of Education Scorecard Guide (Links to an external site.)

U.S. Department of Education College Scorecard Communications Toolkit (Links to an external site.)

Big Future by College Board Handouts and Presentations (Links to an external site.)

College Board College Advising Essentials Volume 1: Handouts, Resources, and Activities (Links to an external site.)

College Board College Advising Essentials Volume 2: Handouts and Resources (Links to an external site.)

College Board CSS Profile Student Guide for the 2017-2018 School Year (Links to an external site.)

College Board Financial Aid Essentials: Handouts and Resources (Links to an external site.)

Educators for Fair Consideration (e4fc) Top 10 Ways to Support Undocumented Students (Links to an external site.)

SAT Fee Waiver Student Brochure (Links to an external site.)

ACT Fee Waiver Procedures (Links to an external site.)

The Common Application Training Resources Library (Links to an external site.)

The Coalition Application for Access, Affordability and Success Counselor and Mentor Resources (Links to an external site.)

 

Research and Data

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation True Merit Report, January 2016 (Links to an external site.)

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

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, Best Practices & State Strategies (Links to an external site.)

Closing the Excellence Gap Best Practices & State Strategies

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, Equal Talents, Unequal Opportunities, March 2015 (Links to an external site.)

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

Mobility Report Cards: The Role of Colleges in Intergenerational Mobility, January 2017 (Links to an external site.)

The Missing “One-Offs”: The Hidden, Supply of High-Achieving, Low-Income Students (Links to an external site.)

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

Roadmap for Tracking Your Student Results: Program Data & Systems (Links to an external site.)

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 (Links to an external site.)

Financial Aid Eligibility Mindsets Among Low-Income Students: Why Do Some Believe They Can't Receive Financial Aid for College? October 2016 (Links to an external site.)

Closing the Graduation Gap: National College Access and Success Benchmarking Report September 2016 (Links to an external site.)

Undergraduate Degree Earners Report, 2015-16 (Links to an external site.)

High School Benchmarks 2016: National College Progression Rates for high schools participating in the National Student Clearinghouse StudentTracker service (Links to an external site.)

2016 Inside Higher Ed Survey of College & University Admissions Directors (Links to an external site.)

NACAC State of College Admission Report 2015 (Links to an external site.) 

Counseling and College Completion: The Road Ahead (Links to an external site.)

The Effects of Student Coaching in College: An Evaluation of a Randomized Experiment in Student Mentoring (Links to an external site.)

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

Indicators of Higher Education Equity in the United States, 45 Year Trend Report (Links to an external site.) 

Indicators of Higher Education Equity in the United States, 2016 Historical Trend Report (Links to an external site.)

The Promise and Peril of Predictive Analytics in Higher Education (Links to an external site.)

Trends in High School Dropout and Completion Rates in the United States (Links to an external site.)

Looking Back to Move Forward: A History of Federal Student Aid (Links to an external site.)

Higher Education Earnings Premium: Value, Variation, and Trends (Links to an external site.)

Professional Development

National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) (Links to an external site.)

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) (Links to an external site.)

American School Counselor Association (ASCA) (Links to an external site.)

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) (Links to an external site.)

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) (Links to an external site.)

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 (Links to an external site.) 

College Board College Counseling Source Book, 7th Edition – Advice and Strategies from Experienced School Counselors (Links to an external site.)

Western Association for College Admission Counseling (WACAC) (Links to an external site.)

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 (Links to an external site.)

States: North Dakota and South Dakota

Great Plains Association for College Admission Counseling (Links to an external site.)

States: Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma

Hawaii Association for College Admission Counseling (Links to an external site.)

Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling (Links to an external site.)

Indiana Association for College Admission Counseling (Links to an external site.)

International Association for College Admission Counseling (Links to an external site.)

Iowa Association for College Admission Counseling (Links to an external site.)

Kentucky Association for College Admission Counseling (Links to an external site.)

Michigan Association for College Admission Counseling (Links to an external site.) 

Minnesota Association for College Admission Counseling (Links to an external site.)

Missouri Association for College Admission Counseling (Links to an external site.)

New England Association for College Admission Counseling (Links to an external site.)

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

New Jersey Association for College Admission Counseling (Links to an external site.) 

New York State Association for College Admission Counseling (Links to an external site.)

Ohio Association for College Admission Counseling (Links to an external site.)

Pacific Northwest Association for College Admission Counseling (Links to an external site.)

Regions: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington

Pennsylvania Association for College Admission Counseling (Links to an external site.)

Potomac and Chesapeake Association for College Admission Counseling (Links to an external site.)

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

Rocky Mountain Association for College Admission Counseling (Links to an external site.)

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

Southern Association for College Admission Counseling (Links to an external site.)

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

Texas Association for College Admission Counseling (Links to an external site.)

Western Association for College Admission Counseling (Links to an external site.)

States: California and Nevada

Wisconsin Association for College Admission Counseling (Links to an external site.)