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Resources

Websites

Florida Academic Counseling and Tracking for Students - tons of info about careers & colleges (you can log in and view your highschool & college transcript, see your Bright Futures eligibility, apply for schools in the state of Florida, and take tests to help you figure out what careers interest you most)
www.facts.org

College Board - home of the SAT, AP, and SAT II tests. You can register, check your scores & search schools
www.collegeboard.com

The Common Application - over 300 schools accept the CommonApp, other schools use the service at Embark.com
http://www.commonapp.org/

National Association for College Admissions Counseling
- click on "students" then click on "An Internet Road Map for the College-Bound Student"
www.nacac.com

The Princeton Review Counselor-o-Matic search tool
http://www.princetonreview.com/college/research/advsearch/match.asp

US News & World Report Best Colleges 2005
http://www.usnews.com/usnews/edu/college/rankings/rankindex_brief.php

College search by type
http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/cool/Search.asp

Fiske Guide to Colleges & Universities
http://www.fiskeguide.com/

College Parents of America
http://www.collegeparents.org

SAT Prep
2 sites for "word of the day"- you can have the word emailed to you by signing up
http://www.wordsmith.org/words/today.html &
http://www.m-w.com/cgi-bin/mwwod.pl
SAT Question of the Day - http://www.collegeboard.com/apps/qotd/question

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Florida Bright Futures Scholarship
http://www.firn.edu/doe/brfutures/

Student Guide: Financial Aid from the U.S. Department of Education
www.studentaid.ed.gov/guide

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): www.fafsa.ed.gov

FastWeb: www.fastweb.com

CollegeNet: www.collegenet.com Smart Money: www.smartmoney.com/college

Smart Money: www.smartmoney.com/college


Books

•How to Write a Winning College Application Essay by Michael James Mason. Prima Lifestyles,  2000. ISBN: 0761524266

•Rock Hard Apps: How To Write A Killer College Application Katherine Cohen. Hyperion Press,  2003. ISBN: 0786868627

•This Book is Not Required by Inge Bell. Pine Forge Press, 2004. ISBN: 1412910110

•Where Do I Go from Here? Getting a Life After High School by Esther Drill. Penguin Press,  2004. ISBN: 0142002143

•Colleges that Change Lives by Loren Pope. Penguin Books, 2000. ISBN: 0140296166 (also  online at www.ctcl.com and their companion site: ( http://www.collegesofdistinction.com/)

•Cool Colleges: For the Hyper-Intelligent, Self-Directed, Late Blooming, and Just Plain Different  by Donald Asher, 2000. ISBN: 1580081509

•The Insider's Guide to the Colleges, 2005: 31st Ed. ISBN: 0312323840

•The Millenials Go to College by Neil Howe and William Strauss, 2003. ISBN: 1578580331

•Barron's How to Prepare for the New SAT. 2004. ISBN: 0764123610

•The Official SAT Study Guide: For the New SAT. College Board. 2005. ISBN: 0874477182