College Planning

Helping students and their families research, apply, find funding, and prepare to continue their education after high school is an essential component of any guidance program.  Below are links to Web Resources, College Search: Web Resources, Recommendation Letters: Web Resources, Financial Aid: Web Resources, Journal Research Articles, and Curriculum Materials

Web Resources

Naviance which offers a computer program package designed to be used by counselors and teachers also offers a podcast designed for counselors.

This site offers a suggested timeline for counselors to help them prepare their students for college.

College Board
The authors of the SAT have a website dedicated to school counselors.  This site has information on many topics relevant to college planning from facilitating the college application process to explaining financial aid.

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College Search: Web Resources

College Navigator
The U.S. Department of Education co-created this website with students to inspire and encourage youth and adults to attend college.  The site provides information on how college will benefit you financially, how to go about applying to college, how to find financing, plus a lot more.

U101 College Search
This site has over 4,000 links to colleges and universities in the US and Canada.

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Recommendation Letters: Web Resources

College Board
This links you to a suggested outline for writing a student’s recommendation letter.

College Board
This article contains tips for counselors writing recommendation letters including links to pdf forms for students and parents to fill out information to assist their counselor in writing their recommendation letter.

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Financial Aid: Web Resources

College Goal Sunday
A group of volunteers runs College Goal Sunday to help families apply for Federal Student Aid.  The volunteers coordinate dates and places where families can fill out their FAFSA forms with help from college financial aid experts.

Money CNN
This Calculator will help you find out how much money it costs to go to any school in the US.

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Journal Research Articles

CSCORE does not endorse any of the following research studies.  Instead our goal is to present you with the latest research being conducted.  It is up to you to decide if the study is reliable and valid.


Examining the Effects of High School Contexts on Postsecondary Enrollment
By: Mark E. Engberg and Gregory C. Wolniak
Research in Higher Education, 2010
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College Preparatory Curriculum for All: Academic Consequences of Requiring Algebra and English I for Ninth Graders in Chicago
By: Elaine Allensworth, Takako Nomi, Nicholas Montgomery, and Valerie E. Lee
Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 2009
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Establishing a College Culture in Secondary Schools Through P-20 Collaboration: A Case Study
By: Karen McClafferty Jarsky, Patricia M. McDonough, and Anne-Marie Núñez
Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, 2009
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Supporting College Transitions Through Collaborative Programming: A Conceptual Model for Guiding Policy
by Melinda Mechur Karp & Katherine L. Hughes
Teachers College Record, 2008
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Curriculum Materials

Roads to Success
The Roads to Success program offers a free college and career curriculum for grades 7 through 12.  The website has detailed lesson plans on how to motivate your students to attend college.

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