College Searches and Fact Finding
Recommended College Guide Books
  • Fiske Guide to Colleges
  • Princeton Review The Best 371 Colleges
  • The Insider’s Guide to the Colleges
  • College Finder (by Steve Antonoff) with a similar online version called Inside College
  • Colleges that Change Lives (by Loren Pope)
  • College Match (by Steve Antonoff) – provides assistance the entire application process
  • Peterson’s comprehensive guide to college information
Financial Aid
  • Learn about the federal financial aid process at the Federal Student Aid website
  • Get a PIN for both the student and parent
  • FAFSA4Caster calculates your Estimated Family Contribution (EFC)
  • Submit your FAFSA after October 1 of the application year
  • CSS/Profile is required by a subset of selective colleges
  • “SmartStudent” Guide to Financial Aid at FinAid also includes calculators
  • College Data provides fantastic detailed financial and general admissions information
  • College in Colorado College Opportunity Fund provides 145 credit hours of funding to attend a Colorado public college or university, even if you are still in high school
  • Denver Scholarship Foundation identifies local, regional and national scholarships organized by deadlines
  • Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) agreement provides reduced tuition rates at colleges outside their home state.
Additional Information
  • Common Application – college application and supplementals accepted by many institutions
  • SAT and ACT test preparation
    • SAT information, registration and scores
    • ACT information, registration and scores
    • Mindfish in Boulder has SAT and ACT classes, online courses and 1-1 support
    • Nancy and John at Academic Testing Advantage offer tutoring for test prep, math and language arts
    • Bolder Tutor – Michelle Thomas provides individualized test preparation and tutoring
  • Fair Test Colleges that do not require the SAT or ACT
  • At-Risk Alternatives – Linda Cain provides educational and therapeutic consultation
  • Virtual tours
  • Social networking sites with student inputs