Search Engines

College Navigator
A college search engine from the U. S. Department of Education. It provides detailed information on colleges and universities including admission statistics, financial aid histories, and graduation rates.

Occupational Outlook Handbook
The Bureau of Labor Statistics profiles hundreds of occupations and describe What They Do, Work Environment, How to Become One, Pay, and more. Each profile also includes BLS entry-level education requirements and median pay figures.

Who Does Your College Think Its Peer Are?
Each year colleges submit “comparison groups” to the U.S. Department of Education to get feedback on how their institution stacks up in terms of finances, enrollment, and other measures. The groups sometimes represent a college’s actual peers but more often reveal their aspirations.

State Section 529 Tax Deductions for Contributions
Many states offer state income tax deductions or credits for contributions to a 529 plan. The amount of your state income tax benefit will depend on where you live and how much you contribute during a given tax year. Here is a state-by-state outline of the various state section 529 plan deductions.

College Athletics Database
What are my chances of playing college sports? Where can I find college athletic scholarships? What schools can I get into?

Regional College Tuition Exchanges

Midwest Student Exchange Program
Through the MSEP, public institutions agree to charge students no more than 150% of the in-state resident tuition rate for specific programs; private institutions offer a 10% reduction on their tuition rates.

Western Undergraduate Exchange
The Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) is an agreement among WICHE’s 16 member states and territories, through which 160+ participating public colleges and universities provide steep nonresident tuition savings for Western students.

New England Regional Student Program
NEBHE’s Tuition Break program, the New England Regional Student Program(RSP), enables thousands of New England residents to enroll at out-of-state New England public colleges and universities at a discount.

Academic Common Market
The Southern Regional Education Board Academic Common Market provides tuition discounts for more than 1900 academic programs in Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia

Student Loan
This site is your source for information from the U.S. Department of Education about how to manage your student loans. It is also the portal for Stafford Loan Entrance Counseling and signing your Master Promissory Note.

National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS)
Access information about your student loans and/or grant data through the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS).

Public Service Loan Foregiveness (PSLF) Help Tool
Work with your loan servicer to choose a federal student loan repayment plan that’s best for you. To make your payments more affordable, repayment plans can give you more time to repay your loans or be based on your income.

Scholarly Research

Estimating the Payoff of Attending a More Selective College
Attending an academically elite college does not necessarily boost your earnings potential compared to a less elite college, according to this study by Princeton University economist Alan Krueger.

Completing College: A National View of Student Completion Rates
This seventh annual report on national college completion rates offers a look at the six-year outcomes for students who began postsecondary education in fall 2012. While the numbers are up overall, experts say they’re far too low and can vary widely depending on what type of school you attend. On average, four-year private schools graduate more students than their public counterparts.

Other Resources

March2Success provides an online study program to help students prepare for standardized tests, improve school work and review materials.

Estimate your tax refund, uncover deductions and credits, learn about your pay withholding, and more.

The ISACorps
ISACorps members are recent college graduates from across the state that can help you with the ins and outs of selecting and applying to college.

CSS Profile Participating Institutions
The following colleges, universities, and scholarship programs use CSS Profile and/or IDOC as part of their financial aid process for some or all of their financial aid applicants in the populations listed below. Please check schools’ websites or contact the institution for more information.

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