College help for teens

Financial Aid

Educators for Fair Consideration: "We provide scholarships and advisory services to low-income immigrant students who have gained admission to and/or are currently enrolled in U.S. colleges. We help immigrant students become catalysts for change, by creating mentorship, arts, and service opportunities in their communities."

FAFSA: Free Application for Student Aid: Apply for Pell Grants, Stafford Loans, Perkins Loans, and work-study, among other programs.

FastWeb: Use their college directory, read articles about preparing for college, or register for free for customized scholarship information.

FinAid: the Financial Aid Information Page: "A free, comprehensive, independent, and objective guide to student financial aid."

FinAid: Aid for Minority Students: "...information about scholarships and fellowships for minority students." Part of

Get College Funds: Oregon Student Assistance Commission: Scholarships for Oregon students.

Professions That Pay Tuition: "Explore some lesser known ways to pay college tuition, including tuition reimbursement and paid training programs."

Student Guide to Financial Aid: From the US Department of Education. Comprehensive information about grants, loans, and work-study programs.


ACT Assessment: FAQs, sample questions and strategies, and how to register

Prepare for the GED at the library: Learn about testing requirements. Access library resources, practice tests and websites for study in the five subject areas

College Board Online: Register online, send your scores to schools.

Common Application Online: Apply simultaneously for colleges that use the common application form. You must register to use the site.

Learning Express Library: Take practice tests including the GED, civil service, cosmetology, real estate, several Advanced Placement exams, the ACT, the SAT, and many others.

Teen Ink: College Essays: Real college essays written by real teens.


College Affordability Guide: Thorough guide to affordable colleges and universities, plus advice on financial aid.

College Navigator: "Search by programs offered, degrees offered, institution type, price, selectivity, distance from home, school size, institutional mission (historically black colleges and universities, single-sex), extended learning opportunities for adults (weekend and evening degree programs), and intercollegiate athletics programs offered."

Get Ready for College & Career includes grade-level guidance about next steps for 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th graders. Focus is on Portland Public Schools, but a lot of information is useful to students outside PPS as well.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Black college and university homepages.

Worldwide Directory of Residential Colleges: Don't know what a residential college is or why you'd want to attend one? This is where to find out.

Study Abroad

CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange: Study, work, and volunteer abroad. Choose from 60 study abroad programs in 30 host countries."...Thousands of study abroad programs in more than 100 countries throughout the world."

Transitions Abroad: Study, travel, work, and live abroad.

WorldWide Classroom: Find schools by country or type of program. Read what students say about their experiences.