College and Financial Aid Reference Guide

ACT AND SAT College and Financial Aid Resources

There are many helpful college planning tools available on both the ACT and SAT websites. Both have information and resources for both parents and students. Big Future, a site sponsored by College Board, has a great deal of information on finding and paying for college.

Best Schools – FASFA Information

Explains the FASFA in detail, why it’s important, the impact it may have of your student debt and walks you through the process.

CollegeBoard Score Report Policy

Please take time to read the policy regarding the sending of SAT scores to colleges. The following website gives information regarding this new policy:

The Common Application

The Common Application allows you to use one form to apply for college admission at many public and private institutions. Check out their website to download the application and get a list of member institutions.

The National Association for College Admission Couseling (NACAC)

NACAC was founded in 1937, and is an organization of more than 13,000 professionals from around the world dedicated to serving students as they make choices about pursuing post-secondary education. This resource has valuable information for students and parents alike.

Western Undergraduate Exchange

The Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) allows students in western states to enroll in many 2 and 4 year college programs at reduced tuition levels (150% of in-state tuition). Each college sets their own entrance requirements. To see if a college is involved in the WUE program, check their website or visit with a counselor.

Princeton Review Website

The Princeton Review offers a variety of services for counselors, students, and parents. The college search, student match, expert advise, and APPLY! services are easy to use. There is no fee for the services provided.

Schools in the USA

Schools in the USA helps in exploring selected university and college programs across the United States from one source.  We also allow you to inquire at all the schools you’re interested in directly from one website! Instead of rifling through dozens of other websites or course catalogs, you may request information  from multiple universities and colleges all from one submission form, all from one site!

Free ACT/SAT prep

Free test prep is available from the following sites:

Selective Service Registration

All young men are reminded that you need to register with the Selective Service within 30 days of your 18th birthday. Go to www.sss.gov to register online.

 NCAA Clearinghouse

If you hope to participate in the NCAA Division 1 or 2 athletics in college, you will need to register with the NCAA Clearinghouse at the end of your junior year or during your senior year. Please note that courses taken through Brigham Young University Independent Study, and Idaho Digital Learning Academy Flex Program do not meet NCAA core course requirements. Before taking any correspondence courses, please check with your counselor. After you have registered, contact the main office to have official transcripts sent.

 2.3 or Take a Knee

The NCAA will be going to new eligibility standards beginning with athletes recruited for Division 1 sports the fall of 2016. Learn more information.

NAIA Eligibility Center

Students hoping to participate in NAIA intercollegiate athletics, much register on the NAIA website. After you have registered, contact the main office so official transcripts can be sent.


 

FINANCIAL AID AND SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION

Many students are interested in finding out information about national scholarships. While our counselor receives information about these, please be aware that there are many others that we simply don’t know about. Looking for scholarships can almost be like a part-time job and you have to be willing to put some time and effort into the search. The institutions you will be attending are your greatest resource for financial aid, however, there are several websites that can help your search including:

UPDATED FASFA INFORMATION:

Important changes are coming for students applying for federal aid in the 2017-18 school year. Seniors from the class of 2017 will be able to submit your FAFSA beginning October 1 (using 2015 tax information).  For more information, go to www.studentaid.gov.

Finaid.org

This website has a helpful tool for families trying to estimate costs for college. Information about savings, investments, etc. are included.

FindTuition.com

Provides a searchable college scholarship database.

MeritAid.com

The web’s first comprehensive directory of merit scholarships from colleges.

Kaarme.com

Is the trusted networking and information site for students and student athletes to connect with Colleges, Universities, and Scholarships.

Cappex.com

It’s the place to find the college you want. Discover new colleges and scholarships, compare your top choices and make the decisions that give you peace of mind.

StudySoup

StudySoup just announced a new $2,000 Scholarship. This is a great scholarship to help drive drive down your debt.

Zinch.com/scholarships

Scholarship and career searches.

College-scholarships.com

Career Information System (CIS)

The Career Information System (CIS) from the State of Idaho offers information about occupations, education, scholarships, and more. We use CIS extensively here at North Star and now you can access CIS at home. Check with the school counselor to get the user name and password. After you access the webpage, go to the “e-cis” logo in the tip left corner. If you have any questions after you use CIS, check with your school counselor to receive help.

Financial Aid and Specific Scholarships

Fast Web

Fast Web provides a vast array of tools to assist students and counselors with scholarship and college information.

CollegeBoard Help for Parents and Students

While CollegeBoard might be better know for their AP and SAT test, they also have an extensive website that has a great deal of information regarding college and financial planning. There are specific sites for both parents and students.

FAFSA Information

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is available online. This website will walk you through the process of registering for federal financial aid. Be aware of websites that tr to charge you for this free service. Students may not actually apply for FASFA before Jan. 1, but both parent and student are encouraged to apply for a PIN before that date to speed up the process. Paper versions of the FAFSA are no longer being distributed to schools. To request a paper application please call 1-800-433-3243.

CSS Profile

The CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE is an application distributed by the College Board allowing college students to apply for financial aid. It is primarily designed to give private member institutions of the College Board a closer look into the finances of a student and family. It is much more detailed than the FAFSA. Generally, colleges with early acceptance programs use the CSS PROFILE to make preliminary financial aid decisions because the FAFSA is not available until after January 1. Once the student completes the FAFSA (the official financial aid application) colleges may then make adjustments to their financial aid awards if necessary. 

Test Dates

PSAT/NMSQT – Idaho pays for all sophomores to take the PSAT. $22 fee for all other grades.

ACT

SAT

Idaho College Foundation Scholarship Application