Here are some websites to make the college process a little smoother. Check em' out!
College Planning and Search
College Scorecard. A U.S. Department of Education college comparison tool.
Naviance. Find your test scores, GPA, request recommendation letters all from one place!
U.S. New College Compass. "Don't just look at the rankings – find the school that's right for you. Enter up to 23 different criteria and U.S. News will rank the schools based on what you tell us. You can save the schools and research them individually."
Colleges Reporting 100% Financial Need. Here is a U.S. News article that includes the colleges and universities that claim to meet 100 percent of demonstrated financial need for full-time, degree seeking students.
Alternative Admissions Programs. College and universities offer alternative admissions and bridge programs to high school students who may benefit from having extra support in their transition to college. Check out our Alternative Admissions Database for resources and information on different alternative admissions opportunities.
College Access Index. This website offers information that measures top college's efforts on economic diversity.
Big Future. A site run by the College Board to help you explore colleges, explore careers, and feel more prepared throughout the college application process!
The College Board. Get connected to your college. Find official college planning and preparation tools to help you succeed. Visit the College Board website - your inside source.
The Princeton Review. Various test prep options available, pick one based on your own learning style: online, classroom, private tutoring.
College Confidential. There is a tool that allows students to do a SuperMatch and track their searches!
College Quiz. Are you ready for college? Take the quiz on some common misconceptions.
Fly-in Programs. A list of programs that offer financial assistance to visit their schools! Check out these programs and their application requirements to see if you qualify.
Test Optional Schools. Colleges and Universities that do not use SAT/ACT scores for admitting substantial numbers of students into bachelor degree programs.
Where Can I Get In? A tool that matches your SAT or ACT scores to college and university test scores.
DACA - Deferred action for Childhood arrivals
First Generation College Students
I'm First. List of colleges which specifically support first-generation students.
SAT & ACT Prep
TESTIVE. Free SAT & ACT prep software. Interactive and offers real-time scoring! It even offers free live study halls with prep coaches!
Chegg ACT. Free Online Test Prep.
Chegg SAT. Free Online Test Prep.
Workforce Development & career training programs
Job Corps. Free education and training program that helps young people learn a career, earn a high school diploma or GED, and find and keep a good job. For eligible young people at least 16 years of age that qualify as low income, Job Corps provides the all-around skills needed to succeed in a career! Job Corps has a variety of locations across New England and housing is provided.
Root North Shore. Root offers a rigorous 12-week, 200 hour, workforce training program that uses food preparation and service as its vehicle for teaching career and life skills. In the kitchen at Root, and those of our partner restaurants, hotels and caterers, Program Partners learn and practice safe food preparation and handling, and many other direct skills that they will need to succeed.
Military Service Training. See your high school guidance office to contact a local recruiter and register for the ASVAB test!
The Peterson School. Vocational training and licensure programs.
Year Up. The program combines hands-on skill development, college credits, and corporate internships to prepare students for success in professional careers and higher education. It’s free of charge (in fact, you receive a stipend), but it requires strong motivation and a lot of hard work.
YouthBuild North Shore. YouthBuild is a community workforce development program designed to serve the needs of North Shore young adults aged 16-24. Through YouthBuild participants work towards their High School Equivalency Diploma, learn job skills, become certified pre-apprentice level construction workers and serve their communities by building affordable housing and becoming community leaders.
Career and Job Information
Occupational Outlook Handbook. This is a guide to career information about hundreds of occupations!
World of Work Map. An interactive map that allows you to identify routes that will get us where we want to go. Explore potential careers and gain a sense of direction!
My Next Move. This site is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor. Employment & Training Administration and is an interest profiler!
Career One Stop. Your pathway to career success.
Tools to help job seekers , students , businesses , and career professionals. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.
North Shore Youth Career Center. Our Youth Career Centers goal is to provide opportunities for teens to get jobs that meet your personal career goals. We have qualified staff that can assist you in accessing all of the resources needed to find education, employment and/or training.
NSYCC Career Links. Check here for their list of useful career links.
Youth Rules. Everything you need to know to work in your state!
Calculating College Cost & Planning
FASFA. Free Application for Federal Student Aid from the Department of Education.
US Department of Education College Cost Calculator. Find out how much college costs with the US Department of Education College Cost and Transparency Center!
MEFA. Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority's website has tools to help you start saving, planning, and paying for college.
Massachusetts Specific Information
NEBHE's Tuition Break program. Hundreds of degree programs – not offered by Massachusetts’ public colleges – are available with a significant discount on out-of-state tuition at public colleges in the five other New England states.
MassTransfer. After completing your associate degree with at least 60 credit hours you will be eligible to transfer into a linked MassTransfer program at a Massachusetts state university or University of Massachusetts campus with the some benefits!