College Bound

Stack of books.Preparing for college is a lot of work! Use these resources to research programs, prepare for entrance tests, and find what steps you need to take when.

  • College Prep Center
    Learning Express Library
    Getting into college is an important step to building a strong future. But first, you need to do well on your college admission tests and write a personal essay that highlights your special talents. Focus your preparation where you need it most by choosing one of the learning centers below. Each learning center provides the resources you need to achieve your college preparation goals.
  • College Center
    Learning Express Library
    If you need to strengthen your fundamental academic skills for your courses, prepare for an important placement test, or ensure a top score on a graduate school entrance exam, the resources here can help you reach your goal. Choose a learning center below to get started.
  • Guide to thousands of 2- and 4-year schools in the U.S. and Canada. Covers the expected listings and detailed descriptions, degree programs offered, scholarships, and occupational education programs.
  • Peterson's How to get Money for College
    This comprehensive directory points readers to complete and accurate information on need-based and non-need gift aid, loans, work-study, athletic awards, and more.

What should I be doing now?

It's never too early to start planning for college, but this is crunch time for you seniors out there.

Here's a fall checklist of things to do from The Federal Student Aid website:

  • Meet with your school counselor to make sure you are on track to graduate and fulfill college admission requirements.
  • If you haven’t done so already, register for and take the standardized tests required for college admission. Check with the colleges you are interested in to see what tests they require.
  • Apply to the colleges you have chosen. Prepare your applications carefully. Follow the instructions, and PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO DEADLINES!
  • Well before your application deadlines, ask your counselor and teachers to submit required documents (e.g., transcript, letters of recommendation) to the colleges to which you’re applying.

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FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) for the 2016-17 school year. Find the online application at