Friday, January 4, 2013

With thanks to our friends at Newsday's College Prep Talk, we want to share some lesser known but helpful sites for students applying to college. We hope that this year's seniors have their applications in and are waiting for news (and know that students applying early admission will have received their responses). But for high school juniors and sophomores and their parents, this is the time to start thinking ahead about how to select a college -- and how to pay for it.

If you missed the webinar on this topic, in which your blogger was joined by a college guidance counselor and an admissions officer, you can still view it on demand -- just click on the "To Register" button on the Newsday webinar website.

In the meantime, check out the following sites, all of which are free but which require registration:

Fastweb - offers information on scholarships and matching students with available scholarships. 

Cappex - matches students with colleges and recommends scholarship sources. 

Zinch - another matching services for both colleges and scholarships. Here, the information is provided to college representatives, who may then reach out to students.

College Prowler - a discussion board for a variety of college questions that also features a tool to assess your chances of being admitted to a particular school.

This might also be a good time for sophomores and juniors with learning disabilities and ADHD to pick up a copy of the award winning book Life After High School: A Guide for Students with Disabilities and Their Families, which includes numerous resources, including helpful websites.

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