College Search Resources

From college applications to scholarship info, this page covers all you need when searching for your perfect college!

FIND A COLLEGE

American Association of Medical Colleges
www.aamc.org

Art Colleges
www.aicad.org

College Board
www.collegeboard.com
College, career and financial aid database

Colleges That Change Lives
www.ctcl.org
Colleges That Change Lives, Inc. (CTCL) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and support of a student-centered college search process

eCampus Tours.com
www.eCampusTours.com
Virtual tours of selected university campuses

Florida private colleges and universities
www.pcuf.net

Hillel.org
www.hillel.org
The Foundation for Jewish Campus life; useful advice and information for prospective student and parents

My College Options
www.mycollegeoptions.org
Match student goals and interests (including academics, co-curricular activities, location preferences, and attitudes) with the offerings of 3,500 accredited post-secondary institutions in the United States. Backed by NAIS and NACAC.

My Majors
www.mymajors.com
Helps students identify majors that fit them best

National Catholic College Admission Association
www.catholiccollegesonline.org
Information about Roman Catholic Colleges

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
Read news, learn about being a student athlete, find a college, gather information about D-I, D-II, and D-III colleges and universities. Prospective D-I and D-II student-athletes will need to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center no earlier than late spring of their junior year.
http://ncaa.org, Eligibility Center, Members by Division, NCAAStudent.org

Study in Canada
www.studyincanada.com

Unigo
www.unigo.com
A free online college guide and community

Zinch
www.zinch.com
Allows students to interact with college admission officers.

APPLICATION FORMS

Common Application
http://www.commonapp.org
The Common Application is an online form students use to apply to colleges across the country. The Common Application is used by about 400 colleges in 42 states including schools that are small and large, public and private, highly selective and relatively open enrollment.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association
NCAAStudent.org and Eligibility Center
Prospective D-I and D-II student athletes will need to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center no earlier than late spring of their junior year. You will be required to send the NCAA Eligibility Center your SAT or ACT scores direct from the testing agency.

SCHOLARSHIPS

* Remember never to pay for a scholarship search or application.
Seniors and second semester juniors can access a list of scholarships, as well as conduct a national scholarship search powered by Sallie Mae, through their Naviance account. When logged in, click on the 'Colleges' tab to find scholarship information at the bottom of the page.

FASTWEB
One of the best sources of scholarship information anywhere
www.fastweb.com

Florida Bright Futures Scholarships
See the FINANCIAL AID section at the bottom of this page

GoCollege
www.gocollege.com

Hispanic Scholarship Fund
The Scholarship Programs page of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, the nation’s largest provider of college financial aid for Latino students.
www.hsf.net

Raise.me
www.raise.me

Sallie Mae
Sallie Mae offers one of the largest, free scholarship searches on the web.
www.SallieMae.com/Scholarships

Scholarships.com
www.scholarships.com

GAP YEAR & SUMMER PROGRAMS


TeenLife
TeenLife provides a directory of outside-the-classroom enrichment programs for students in grades 7-12, along with regular content to support strong teen enrichment decision making. This resource includes information about and search tools for summer programs, volunteer opportunities, and gap year programs.
www.teenlife.com

IN THE NEWS

New York Times, The Choice
http://thechoice.blogs.nytimes.com
Weekly blog posts, tips and links to demystify college admissions and aid.

NPR Series on Applying for College
Link to NPR series for parents and students

Read or listen to a series featuring 2007 high school graduates who share their experiences in the college application process.

​ FINANCIAL AID INFORMATION

College Answer
http://www.collegeanswer.com/index.jsp
College Answer has interactive tools to analyze the affordability of schools, compare financial aid award letters and search for scholarships.

College Comparison
http://collegerealitycheck.com
Compare up to five colleges based on long-term costs.

CSS PROFILE
http://www.collegeboard.com/student/pay/scholarshi...
CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE® is the financial aid application service of the College Board. Some universities, graduate and professional schools and scholarship programs use the information collected on the PROFILE to determine eligibility for nonfederal student aid funds. Click here to see the list of participating institutions and programs.

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
www.fafsa.ed.gov
Families can file the FAFSA beginning October 1 of the student's senior year in order to qualify for need-based grants (free money) and loans. Click here to visit a FAFSA website offering tips on completing the FAFSA.

FINAID
http://www.finaid.org

Florida Bright Futures
http://www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org/SSFAD/bf
This Florida Lottery-funded scholarship rewards students for their academic achievements during high school by providing funding for them to pursue postsecondary educational and career goals in Florida. Seniors will complete the application for Bright Futures in their advising groups under the guidance of Ms. Wall and Ms. Nelan beginning January of the student's senior year.

Service hours are required to be tracked for the purposes of the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program. Tampa Preparatory School does not require service hours for graduation. Students must log their service hours via x2VOL through their Naviance/Family Connection accounts (www.tampaprep.org/naviance >> log in >> x2VOL link at left). Students are introduced (or reintroduced) to this online account each school year beginning in the second semester of their freshman year.

FL Bright Futures Requirements [Per FL Legislature 2011, 2012, and 2013 Sessions]

Scholarship
SAT (CR+M) orACTState weighted GPAService hours, grades 9 - 12
Award Amount, four-year institution
FL Academic (FAS)1290 or 29
3.5
100
$103/credit hour
FL Medallion (FMS)
1170 or 26
3.075$77/credit hour

To learn more about the amount of these scholarship awards, legislative updates, and academic requirements to maintain the scholarship in college, please visit the website.

US Department of Education College Affordability and Transparency Center
http://collegecost.ed.gov/scorecard/index.aspx
College Scorecards in the U.S. Department of Education’s College Affordability and Transparency Center make it easier for you to search for a college that is a good fit for you. You can use the College Scorecard to find out more about a college’s affordability and value so you can make more informed decisions about which college to attend.