Internet Resources

Academic Assistance Websites

  • Learning Express Library
    Whatever your goal, LearningExpress Library’s resources will help you succeed. Each of our Learning Centers offers the practice tests, exercises, skill-building courses, eBooks, and information you need to achieve the results you want—at school, at work, or in life. Looking to land a job? You’ll find an entire Learning Center dedicated to helping you get the one that’s right for you.

ACT Registration and Prep Websites

  • ACT
    Register for the ACT, send your scores, complete practice tests
  • Number 2
    Number2.com’s online test preparation courses are totally free! By creating an account you can access a customized course that includes user-friendly tutorials, practice sessions that dynamically adapt to each student’s ability level, a vocabulary builder, and more

College Prep Websites

  • Know How 2 Go
    In order to turn students’ college dreams into action-oriented goals, the American Council on Education, Lumina Foundation for Education and the Ad Council launched the KnowHow2GO campaign in January 2007. This multiyear, multimedia effort includes televisionradio and outdoor public service advertisements (PSAs) that encourage 8th through 10th graders to prepare for college using four simple steps.
  • Iowa College Access Network- ICAN

FINANCIAL AID RESOURCES

  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid PIN Number (FAFSA PIN)
    In order to apply on-line the student and parent must both register for separate pin #’s. These numbers will be used as an electronic signature when completing the FAFSA on-line.
  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
    The fastest way to apply on-line for student financial aid! Students who applied in the past are also able to complete a renewal FAFSA.
  • FAFSA 4 Caster 
    FAFSA4caster is a federal aid estimator that you can use before officially applying for aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). FAFSA4caster will provide you with an estimate of your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), which is an index that colleges use to determine what types of student aid you may receive. Using your EFC, FAFSA4caster will determine what types of federal grants, loans, and work-study you might qualify for and will provide you an estimated award amount for each.
  • Award Analyzer
    When you receive financial aid awards from institutions, The Award Analyzer is a tool that helps you compare award letters to determine which school is prepared to give you the most aid.
  • Federal Student Aid
    Information about federal aid programs and tips on how to plan and pay for college. The site also includes a scholarship search and a student portal. Create your own personal portfolio to save scholarship information, apply to colleges on-line, transfer your profile to FAFSA on the Web and more
  • Iowa Financial Aid Application Information

Scholarship Sources

  • FastWeb
    A free service which matches students to scholarships, internships, grants, and loans from various sources.
  • Dollars for Scholars
    A community-based fund-raising effort that awards scholarships to local students.
  • Scholarship America
    One of the nation’s largest nonprofit, private-sector scholarship and educational support organizations.
  • College Board/How to Pay for College
    The College Board site offers a scholarship search tool as well as college planning and SAT information.
  • United Negro College Fund (UNCF)
    UNCF raises funds and distributes scholarships and fellowships to help minorities attend college.
  • Hispanic College Fund
    The Hispanic Scholarship Fund provides the Latino community with college scholarships and educational support.

Career Exploration

  • I Have a Plan Iowa
    Create an account to explore careers, create resumes and thank-you letters, polish your interview skills and get help finding jobs in your area.
  • O*NET
    The Occupational Information Network is an advanced-technology database system developed by the U.S. Department of Labor to replace the Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT). It identifies and describes important information about occupations, worker skills, training, and education requirements. O*NET is expected to become a national benchmark, providing a common language for all users of occupational information.

College Exploration

  • I Have a Plan Iowa
    Create an account to explore postsecondary schools to find colleges and universities that best suit your goals and to explore programs and majors.
  • National Center for Educational Statistics
    Lists the average financial aid award at each school, how many students receive aid and various other statistics.