Finding a School | Writing an Application Essay | Financial Aid & Scholarships | California Information

Finding a School

Library Sources

Title Call Number
Petersons Guide to Four Year Colleges 378 PETERSON
Barron’s profiles of American colleges 378.73 BARRON’S
The college handbook REF 378.73 COLLEGE
Fiske Guide to Colleges 378.73 FISKE

Online Sources

Accredited Online Schools & Colleges
Ranks American universities by size, degrees offered, tuition costs, admission rates, graduation rates, retention rates and contains resources useful for the prospective student.
College And University Rankings
Links to various ranking sites, from the University of Illinois’s Education and Social Science Library
College Blue Book
A guide to thousands of 2- and 4-year schools in the U.S. and Canada, with information on programs, degrees, and financial aid sources. (WPL card required for access)
College Net
Forms for admission, tuition, financial aid, and scholarships (privacy protected)
Quintessential Careers
College Planning Resources for Teens – Directory of college and job information on the web
College Navigator
Search by programs offered, degrees offered, institution type, price, distance from home, school size, extended learning opportunities for adults (weekend and evening degree programs), and intercollegiate athletics programs offered.
College View
Search for colleges that meet your requirements: costs, majors, services, computing resources, types of residence, city size, etc.

Admissions and Writing an Application Essay

Library Sources

Title Call Number
How to Write Your College Application Essay 378.1616 NOURSE
Acing the College Application 378.1664 HERNANDEZ (Freedom)
On writing the College Application Essay 808.06 BAULD
The Admissions Essay 808.0663 POWER
Learning Express Library (Online) Take practice tests (use WPL card # as username when registering)

Online Sources

ACT Assessment
“A curriculum- and standards-based educational and career planning tool that assesses students’ academic readiness for college.”
College Board Online
Includes sections on SAT, AP, and College Planning.
Common Application Online
Apply simultaneously for colleges that use the common application form. You must register to use the site.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Library Sources

Title Call Number
College Board Scholarship Handbook 378.3025 COLLEGEB
Peterson’s how to get money for college 378.3025 PETERSON
Scholarships, grants & prizes 378.34 PETERSON

Online Sources

Financial Aid
U.S. Department of Education Student Guide
FAFSA
U.S. Department of Education Free Application for Federal Student Aid
College Net
Forms for admission, tuition, financial aid, and scholarships (privacy protected)
Scholarship Help
Website that covers the facts about scholarships as well as advice on how to succeed in winning
scholarships
Educators for Fair Consideration
“We provide scholarships and advisory services to low-income immigrant students who have gained admission to and/or are currently enrolled in U.S. colleges. We help immigrant students become catalysts for change, by creating mentorship, arts, and service opportunities in their communities.”
Financial Aid for Minorities
Part of FinAid.org

OnlineSchools.org
A guide to Financial Aid

California Information

California Colleges

Provides information on financial aid and admissions planners for first-year and transfer students and virtual tours of CA campuses.
California Student Aid Commission
Resources and assistance in obtaining a higher education