Planning for College & Careers
Big Future - Website for finding colleges, exploring careers, assistance with paying for college, and applying to college.
Scholarships - A listing of tuition scholarships for post-secondary education.
(FAFSA) Free Application for Federal Student Aid - Federal Student Aid, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation. Federal Student Aid is responsible for managing the student financial assistance programs authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. These programs provide grants, loans, and work-study funds to students attending college or career school.
Collegeboard - The College Board is a mission-driven, not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success — including the SAT and the Advanced Placement Program.
College Scorecard - provides comprehensive data on costs and student outcomes at nearly all post-secondary institutions in the United States. For the first time, students and their advisors can search for the earnings of students who attended an institution, along with the most up-to-date information about other measures of a college’s quality, including the percentage of students who graduate or repay their loans. Students can also access a new measure of cumulative student debt for borrowers who complete their degree at each institution and an improved measure of students’ success in repaying their loans.
The Common Application - The Common Application is a not-for-profit membership organization that, since its founding over 35 years ago, has been committed to providing reliable services that promote equity, access, and integrity in the college application process. We serve students, member institutions, and secondary schools by providing applications that students and school officials may submit to any of our over 500 members. Membership is open to colleges and universities that promote access by evaluating students using a holistic selection process.
Resources for Students with Disabilities
Almost all colleges and universities provide some level of services and/or accommodations for students with disabilities, as mandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) - 504. Below is a list of colleges and universities that go a step further in support of individuals with disabilities.
The following is a link of schools specific to Pennsylvania:http://collegeacademicsupport.com/pennsylvania.html
Also, for students with intellectual disabilities – there is a network of colleges throughout the US that offers programs. This information can be found at the following link: http://www.thinkcollege.net/
The following resources discuss how to obtain accommodations at a college or university:
Please contact the CSL Special Education or Guidance Department with any further questions regarding college and career planning.
Guidance: Natashja Rinaldo, firstname.lastname@example.org