Resources

Why Hire a Consultant

Deborah Shames outlines the advantages of working with an academic consultant in "Why Hire a Consultant".

Web Sites

US Department of Education:

Federal student aid - the source for free information, guidance and tools for federal student assistance—from the U.S. Department of Education's office of Federal Student Aid
Grant opportunities -Discretionary Grant Application Packages
College Navigator - research various colleges in the US
FAFSA Form - the Federal financial aid form used by schools
Profile Form - a financial aid form used by some private colleges

Financing College:

Finaid (free) - the smart student guide to financial aid. This award-winning site has grown into the most comprehensive source of student financial aid information, advice and tools - on or off the web.

Student Loans:

National Student Loan Data System - summarizes an individual's federal student loans
Federal Student Loans - Students and parents can apply for federal student loans

College Data:

US News rankings: http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges
Free college stats (USNews.com premium has more and better, though.) http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/

College Savings Plans:

529 Plans - information on state 529 plans

Important Stories:

'Guaranteed' College Savings Plans May Soon Break Promises

6 Rules That Can Help You Afford a Private College

Timeline:

The timing of how to get your college bound student into the right college can seem daunting at best when you first start to consider it. For a timeline of when to do what, consult our college entrance timeline.

Book List

Glossary

This is a glossary specific to college admission and financial terminology