Preparing for college
If you're starting to think about your life after high school, you may be looking at your options for college. It may seem overwhelming at first, but there are a number of resources online and in print that will help you navigate the process.
Looking for Colleges
A not-for-profit organization that helps students prepare for colleges by providing information about AP and standardized testing, comprehensive information about various colleges ,and financial aid options.
Part of the National Center for Education Statistics, this website allows you to search colleges according to very specific parameters.
Provides guidance for college-bound students through all steps of applying for college, including test preparation, scholarships, financial aid, and school selection.
Renown for its annual rankings of colleges across the country, this website provides reviews of schools based on a number of criteria, including your planned area of study, location, social atmosphere, and more.
From the creators of Spark Notes, SparkCollege provides video tours & information for schools in the United States.
A helpful overview of choosing a school with proper accreditation and avoiding "diploma mills."
Another site that offers rankings of colleges based on a number of criteria.
The official website of the ACT, which provides information that you will need before and after taking the test.
Receive real-time tutoring via an online classroom. Other services include: 24/7 Help Center, Writing Lab, and Standardized Testing practice, including AP subject tests, the ACT, PSAT, and SAT. A Tinley Park Public Library card is required to access this service.
Although most known for being a resource for researching colleges, this website also has a number of links for test preparation.
The official website of the SAT, which provides information that you will need before an after taking the test.
This website provides the application for applying for federal student aid.
A resource for finding scholarships, including finding which ones are the best match for you.
Learn about which types of federal student aid that you qualify for, including loans and grants.