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Useful Websites for College Planning

ACT & SAT Registration

This site offers on-line registration for the ACT test.

This site offers on-line registration for the SAT and SAT Subject Tests.  It also offers a large database of colleges and on-line college planning/financial aid information.


College Planning and Exploration

Site formed by the American Council on Education, the Lumina Foundation for Education, and the Ad Council, to encourage students to prepare for college.

The United States Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences and National Center for Education Statistics college search website.

This site contains a database of over 85,000 digital college catalogs, institution profiles, transcript keys, and other critical resources.

This site provides great college search, career counseling and scholarship information.

This site provides college search, college ratings, and scholarship information.  It also has a “college personality quiz” that helps students discover the types of colleges they may want to consider.

BigFuture by the College Board is a free comprehensive website that helps improve the college planning process through a step-by-step approach.

This site lets you search for colleges, read real student reviews, and compare college rankings.

California’s free official source for college and career planning.


Financial Aid and Scholarships

Khan Academy has a variety of courses geard to assist students in preparation for college, career, and more. This link focuses on paying for college.

National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA)

You can find college contact information by state, including admissions and financial aid office e-mail adresses, toll free phone numbers, and links to on-line applications for admission.

The website for the California Student Aid Commission.  Learn about Cal Grants and other student aid programs, their requirements, and how to apply for them.

Free scholarship search service.

On this website you will find much that you need to know about applying for financial aid. Excellent for determining expected parental contribution for college costs.

Brought to you by the California Community Colleges, this site is aimed at low-income students to help them become aware of the financial aid opportunities available to them and to assist all eligible students to complete the application process.

On this website you will find access to over 100 scholarships by using the San Diego Foundation’s common scholarship application.  There are also private scholarships listed, detailed application instructions, and much more.

Federal Student Aid site; here you can find steps to get organized before you file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), complete the FAFSA on the Web Worksheet, complete the FAFSA, and view your results online.  You can also check the status of your application, make corrections to a processed FAFSA, and get other information.

This private and secure site of the California Student Aid Commission will let you view the status of your Cal Grant application, update your address, view your award detail, view your California Aid Report (CAR), view payment history, confirm your high school graduation, and submit School Change (SC) or Leave of Absence (LOA) requests.

The gateway for free information, guidance, and tools for federal student assistance from the United States Department of Education’s Office of Federal Student Aid.

A free scholarship search service.

Information about education benefits for dependents of military service members.


California Colleges and Universities

This is the site for the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU), the unified statewide voice of California’s private, non-profit, WASC accredited colleges and universities for state and federal policy issues.  The AICCU website provides information to students about private, non-profit education in California.

The official website for the California State University. Students apply online for any CSU campus at:

This site is a student’s gateway to the California Community Colleges.  Students may review admission requirements, apply online, and find financial assistance.

The official website for the University of California.  Students may review admission requirements, apply online, and find financial assistance.

Useful Websites for Career Planning

This article helps high school students plan for careers. High school is a great time to start thinking about careers. Employers and college admissions officers often check out applicants online and on social media sites.

Select a career that is compatible with your outlook and your vision of the future. ... Think about the things you are good at doing, then find careers that match.

For this activity, read each statement and select the statements that are true for you. The results will prioritize the career clusters based on your responses.

Career planning is important for high school students. ... There are various resources available on the website, including career planning tips.

Career Test Free for High School and College Students. Answers What Career You Should Have.

Middle and high school students experience what it is like to be a scientist through interactive activities and games.

This site offers Youth and young adult career resources and advice with CareerOneStop.