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College Forms

College Visit Form- This is the form you must fill out and have approved by Mrs. Pilgrim one week prior to going on a college visit.  These are also available in her office.  You will take this form on the visit with you to be signed by a college representative and returned to Mrs. Pilgrim the next school day.

Letter of Recommendation Request Form:  Fill this form out and submit it to teachers/coaches/counselor when asking for a letter of recommendation. This helps them better understand who you are and all that you have been involved with.

Transcript Request Form:  When requesting transcripts be sent to colleges, complete this form and turn it into either Mrs. Pilgrim of the school office.  Remember, if you are not 18, you need a parent/guardian signature.  

College Resources

College Score Card - great online tool to provide you with a better understanding of college' affordability.  Easy to get a snap shot of view of what school students should be checking out in depth.

Directory of Accredited Online Colleges & Universities
- website offering resources for finding online accredited colleges and universities. Includes a searchable directory of online colleges and universities that lets you find the accredited school to fit your educational means.

College Navigator - find the RIGHT college for YOU!  Brought to you by the US Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics. 

College Board - College search engine that gives students step-by-step guide in selecting important criteria to identify colleges that would work for them. 

Cappex - great resource for finding colleges and scholarships that match your profile.

Unigo - get your college questions answered here. More than 250,000 free college reviews from students themselves.  Unigo urges college students to share their take on their own schools through comments, photos, and videos.

College Prowler-Niche - millions of college reviews and rankings. Student reviews and polls give you deep insight you can't find anywhere else.

NACAC - National Association for College Admission Counseling.  Get information on college fairs, applying, college research, and much more!

Know How 2 Go - Steps that students should take to prepare for college from Middle School through High School

Transferology - explore college transfer options.  Simply create an account, enter your courses to find equivalent courses at other schools - helps eliminate the guesswork and maximize your transfer potential. School profiles offer quick access to program information, school size, and tuition cost.  

Common Application - over 500 colleges and universities from across the country and the world use the Common Application.  This provides a common/standardized first-year application form for any member institution to use.

Career/Major Resources

‚ÄčOccupational Outlook Handbook - A detailed guide to career information about hundreds of occupations!  Hosted by the US Department of Labor - Bureau of Labor Statistics. Includes information about salary, work environment, projected growth rate, and education/training required.

College Majors 101 - offers much information about what you can do with dozens of majors as well as what you can expect academically if you pursue these majors.

Career Cruising - Complete an interest inventory, explore your options, and learn more about careers that match with you!  Username: eastland, Password: careers.  You may then login with the information you've provided in the past.

My Majors - a list of over 1,800 college majors. Information on each major includes description, courses, careers, salary, and related majors.

Financial Aid

FAFSA - official site of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). EVERYONE going to college should fill out this form!  Many schools rely on this data when awarding scholarships, loans, and financial aid.

FAFSA 4Caster- Helps parents/students understand their options for applying for college. With some basic information, they will estimate your eligibility for federal student aid.

FinAid! -  a user friendly site that explains all aspects of financial aid including grants, savings programs, loans, scholarships, etc. 

Guide to Federal Student Aid - learn how to prepare for college, the types of aid available and how to apply. An office of the US Department of Education.

Fastweb - a FREE national scholarship search engine.

Illinois Student Assistance Commission - created for students of every age looking for information about going to college. Detailed information specific to the state of Illinois.

*Don't forget to check out my Scholarship website!  Busiest scholarship season is October - March.