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DISCLAIMER: The links below are not part of the U. S. Department of State Foreign Affairs Network, and the Department has no control over their content or availability.

Guide to State Residency - assists families and students residing overseas in clarifying their status regarding state residency requirements for U.S. college admission: professionals.collegeboard.com/testing/international/state.

General Information

  • ACT - Information on the ACT college admission test and on educational and career planning.
  • Campus Tours - Virtual college tours, maps, college videos, etc. for colleges across the United States.
  • Cynthia Good's College and Career Planning Page, Bridgewater-Raynham Regional School District. Bridgewater, MA, offers useful information with many links to additional resources.
  • Collegeboard.com - Online registration for the SAT, database of more than 3,500 colleges, application to colleges online, information on scholarships and financial aid. Click on www.state.gov/m/a/os/36344.htm for a quick outline of its contents.
  • Common Application Form - Used by 230 colleges and universities.1
  • CollegeView - Information on 3,300 colleges and universities and information on financial aid for each.
  • National Association of College Admission Counselors - The professional organization for admission counselors, has a section for students on the transition from high school to college.
  • Peterson�s provides admission test preparation (SAT, ACT, SSAT, PSAT, AP and TOEFL), education information and advice, and guidance on college admission and financial aid for nearly 4,000 colleges, as well as information on 1,500+ private day, boarding, religious, special needs, single-sex and coeducational programs.
  • Preparing Your Child for College - A booklet from the Department of Education that offers tips about choosing a college, costs, common sources of financial aid, and other information.
  • Princeton Review - Information on specific financial aid for universities and colleges across the United States. Use the search facility to quickly access the entry for the college of your choice.

Financial Aid and Scholarships 

  • FastWEB - Scholarship information, check your fastWEB mailbox, focus on scholarship and loan information, and link to the FinAid Page.
  • Federal Student Aid - Information on Federal student aid programs with help for every step in the financial aid process.
  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid - FAFSA.
  • Sallie Mae - With categories like Planning for College, Apply for a Loan, Manage Your Loans, Student Loan Finder, Sallie Mae tackles the nuts and bolts of obtaining grants in a well-organized and easy-to-understand fashion.
  • 2006-2007 Student Guide - Information on student eligibility, financial need, dependency status, procedure for applying, special circumstances, deadlines and telephone numbers, specific kinds of federal financial aid - Pell Grants, Stafford Loans, PLUS Loans, Perkins Loans - and Work-Study. 
  • www.brokescholar.com - A free scholarship search engine.

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