Student Resources

COLLEGE APPLICATION TOOLS

College Affordability Guide – online tool for determining affordability of college with goal of providing information that will help prospective students find and complete degrees that will move their careers forward.
CSO College Center – online clearinghouse of college programs and admissions information serving first-generation and other historically underserved students
NACAC College Fairs – free for students, nationwide
Supermatch Tool for Finding Colleges – allows students to personalize their college search (College Confidential)
National Council for Open Education College Preparation Guide – a quick reference checklist of things high school seniors should do to prep for college admissions

FIRST-GENERATION STUDENTS
FirstGenerationStudent.com – resources, tips, advice, and more for students who will be first in their families to go to college.
I’m First – online community for first-generation college students and their supporters. Winner of the College Knowledge Challenge grant initiative.

HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE RESEARCH
College Greenlight – platform that allows high school counselors and community-based organizations to provide support to their students throughout the college search and application process.
Find the Best Colleges for You! Focus on the information that matters (Consumer Reports)
Social Issue Report on College Access and Sucess (Root Cause)
The Condition of College and Career Readiness (ACT)
Advancing by Degrees: A Framework for College Completion (California State University Sacramento)
A Portrait of Low-Income Young Adults in Education (IHEP)
How High Schools Become Exemplary: Ways That Leadership Raises Achievement and Narrows Gaps by Improving Instruction in 15 Public High Schools (Achievement Gap Initiative at Harvard University)
College Affordability and Transparency Center (U.S. Department of Education)

SOCIAL MEDIA
A Thin Line – website that educates teens about digital abuse (MTV)
Dana Boyd – Social Media researcher at Microsoft New England who does research on teens and the media

YOUNG MEN OF COLOR
Promoting College Aspirations Among School-Age Black American Males (Toldson, Braithwaite and Rentie)
The Urgency of Now: The Schott 50 State Report on Public Education and Black Males (The Schott Foundation)
Recruiting and Retaining Older African American and Hispanic Boys in After-School Programs (Public/Private Ventures)
A Nation at Risk: Increasing Participation and Persistence Among African American Males to Stimulate U.S. Global Competitiveness (Journal of African American Males in Education)
Putting the “Boy Crisis” in Context (Harvard Education Letter)

SUMMER
Hunger Doesn’t Take a Vacation: Summer Nutrition Status Report (Food Research and Action Center, 2010)
What Works for Summer Learning Programs for Low-income Children and Youth (Child Trends Fact Sheet: Mary Terzian, Ph.D., M.S.W. and Kristin A. Moore, Ph.D., 2009)

CAREERS
LearnHowToBecome.org – open-access, expert-driven guide to non-profit career opportunities