Resources/Websites


The links below are organized by topic.

Admissions

College Board -
Website of the organization that sponsors the PSAT, SAT and other standaradized tests with a searchable database of more than 3,800 institutions and lots of useful info on the tests and other aspects of the college admission and financial aid process.

Common Application - More than 150 colleges use this application as a way to simplify the process.

The Education Conservancy - A not-for-profit organization committed to improving the college admission processe for students, colleges and high schools.

Fair Test - A not-for-profit watchdog organizationn dedicated to preventing the misuse of standardized tests. Check this website to find out which schools are ACT/SAT optional.

National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) - First-rate resource center, including lists of national college fairs and timetables for college inquiry/appliction/financial aid process.

Money College Planner Includes an easy-to-use “find your fit” college search tool, independent college reviews, a scholarship search tool, news and advice for students and parents, and a directory of professional college counselors (including Sandra M. Moore, founder and principal of Next Step College Counseling). It is powered by Unigo.com, which provided the technology platform and some of the content on the site.

Unigo - An information service founded by recent college grads that not only gives high school students the "insider's" view but also pairs them up with students at colleges they may be interested in attending.

College Costs and Financial Aid

College Affordability and Transparency Center - New federal (Department of Education) website which provides comparisons of college costs in public and private sectors.

Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley
- A wonderful source of local scholarship opportunities.

CSS/Financial Aid Profile - Many colleges require this form in addition to the FAFSA (see below) to determine eligibility for institutional aid.

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) - All parents of seniors are encouraged to file this free form online after January 1 to determine eligibility for federal, state and instiutional need-based aid programs. (Do NOT confuse with fafsa.com, which charges for processing this FREE form,)

FastWeb - An excellent/legitimate source of merit scholarship info and articles, an extensive searchable database.

Finaid - An outstanding/comprehensive source of information, written in layman's terms, on all aspects of college financial aid, including handy calculators for figuring out costs, family contribution.

New York Saves 529 College Savings Plan- Save for college and reap federal and state tax advantages. You can start an account with as little as $25.

New York State Higher Education Services Corporation - Manages more than 18 grant, scholarship and loan programs, including the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP), the nation's largest state need-based grant, and the state-sponsored New York Higher Education Loan Program (NYHELPs).

Private College 529 Plan- Prepay tuition up to 30 years in advance of your child entering one of more than 270 private colleges and be guaranteed today's prices tomorrow.

Student Aid on the Web - Federal government site with everything you need to know about applying/qualifying for federal assistance.

Clients of Next Step CC, LLC receive a comprehensive tool kit that includes a carefully selected list of print and online resources related to all aspects of the college search and application process.

Blogs/Newsletters

College Aid (Poughkeepsie Journal/Sandra M.Moore, M.A., Next Step CC, LLC)

The College Solution (Lynn O'Shaugnessy)

IECA Blog

Test Prep

Tutoring Upg-Grades (Poughkeepsie, NY)