These sites are an excellent way to research and explore the numerous colleges and universities around the country.
It’s important for families to realize that not one website has all the information regarding a college/university, and the most accurate will always be the college/university site.
- American College Testing – act.org
- Athletics – ncaa.org
- Campus Tours – campustours.com
- Christian College Guide – christiancollegeguide.net
- College Board – collegeboard.org
- College Xpress – collegexpress.com
- College Navigator – nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
- College Prowler – collegeprowler.com/finder/
- Colleges that Change Lives – www.ctcl.org/
- US News: Best Colleges Rankings – www.usnews.com/education
- Historically Black Colleges and Universities – www.edonline.com/cq/hbcu/
Grants and scholarships are the best types of financial aid because they do not need to be repaid. These two types of aid are based either on need or merit. Need-based aid is awarded to students based on your family’s financial situation, while merit-based aide is awarded for strong academic skill or talent.
Loans are a form of financial aid that must be repaid. Loans based on financial need provide a lower interest rate and are subsidized by the federal government. Loans not based on need are available, but in most cases have a higher interest rate and payments must be made while the student is attending college.
Somethings to remember…
Always check the financial aid office of the college/university that you are considering for additional grant and scholarship information. We do not recommend using scholarship search organizations that charge a fee. These companies tend to be scams. Researching scholarships will take time and effort, but the result of your efforts may prove to be well worth your hard work.
The following websites are great resources for families looking to receive financial aid through scholarships, loans, and grants.
- Asian Pacific Fund – www.asianpacificfund.org/scholarships
- College Board scholarship website – bigfuture.collegeboard.org
Assists in locating scholarships, internships, grants, and loans that match a student’s education level, talents, and background.
- CSS Profile – student.collegeboard.org/css-financial-aid-profile
- www.FinAid.org– This site offers information on all types of financial aid, scholarships, grants and loans.
- www.FastWeb.com – This site offers a comprehensive list of scholarships and additional websites.
- Funding your Education Beyond High School – studentaid.ed.gov/students/publications/student_guide/index.html
- Hispanic College Fund – www.hispanicfund.org/scholarships/
- Meritaid – www.meritaid.com/
- Military Scholarship Finder – aid.military.com/scholarship/search-for-scholarships.do
- www.scholarships.com – This site offers customized scholarship opportunities after completing a survey.
- Scholarships for Students with Learning Differences – www.incight.org/
- Chegg Scholarship Search – www.chegg.com/
Applying for Financial Aid
The first step in the financial aid process is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is required by all colleges and universities and may be found on-line at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The application is processed by the Federal Department of Education. It is best to complete this form as soon as possible after January 1st of your senior year. If your parents’ tax returns are not finalized by that date, they must use estimates rather than miss the deadline. There is time to file an amendment if there is a large discrepancy between the estimate and actual numbers.
Some private colleges may also request families to complete a CSS Profile, a form from the College Scholarship Service, which is in addition to the FAFSA. To complete your personalized profile application go to student.collegeboard.org. This site typically opens on October 1st. It is not free, so be sure to fill out the registration form and send in the correct payment well in advance of January 1st. Individual forms customized for each college will be sent to you so that you can file them during the same time period as the FAFSA.
A list of current scholarships can be found on Naviance under “Colleges,” then “Scholarships and Money”
Please contact your Counselor at Minnehaha Academy if you have any questions or need additional information or assistance.
Unique Majors Search
If you’re looking for specific information in regards to college majors, these links will give you more information on your unique academic interests.
- Art Portfolio – www.artschools.com/articles/portfolio/
- Art Schools – www.allartschools.com/
- Bridge to Music – www.bridgetomusic.com/
- Combined Bachelor’s/MD Programs – services.aamc.org/currdir/
- Law Schools – www.lsac.org/
- Medical Schools – www.aamc.org/students/aspiring/
- Nursing Schools – www.nursingschools.net/
- Theater Arts Schools – www.a2zcolleges.com/arts/drama/index.html
Both ACT and SAT tests are offered throughout the year at Minnehaha Academy. We also have an online test prep tool called PrepMe thorugh Naviance for Juniors and Seniors. This tool is offered free of charge to students.
SAT Subject Tests
These are one-hour tests measuring achievement in 20 different subject areas such as languages, math, sciences, and history. Students choose which tests to take. Most selective colleges require two (sometimes three) SAT Subject Tests in addition to the ACT or SAT Reasoning Tests. These can be taken at any time during one’s high school career. Check the publications of individual colleges for their specific requirements.
Applying for Accommodations on College Admissions Tests
Depending on your student’s special learning need(s), he/she may be eligible for accommodations on the following college admission standardized test: College Board Exams (PSAT, SAT, & AP) and ACT Exams (Aspire & ACT).
Both the College Board and ACT have a prescribed process for applying for and receiving accommodations. With both programs, it is incumbent upon the student and parents to initiate the process. The entire process from start to finish can take several weeks so it is a good idea to plan accordingly. The counseling department sends out a letter each year outlining the process. If you would like more information, please contact your counselor.
In addition, the following links will provide you with information on college admissions testing, and point you towards reputable testing preparation websites.
- ACT Test – dates, prep, registration, general information
- ACT/SAT Concordance – www.act.org/aap/concordance/pdf/reference.pdf
- College Board – Advanced Placement Exams, PSAT, SAT test-dates, prep, registration, general info.
- Collegeboard SAT Practice and Subject Tests- sat.collegeboard.org
- Educational Testing Service
- Fairtest, Test Optional Schools – www.fairtest.org/university/optional
- SAT Subject Test Schools – www.compassprep.com/admissions_req_subjects.aspx
- Free Rice-Improve Your Vocabulary and Grammar – www.freerice.com/
- Free Vocabulary – www.freevocabulary.com/
- Grockit – www.grockit.com
- Major Test-Free SAT Prep – www.majortests.com/
- Number2.com-Free Test Prep – www.number2.com/
- Sparknotes Free Test Prep – www.sparknotes.com/testprep/