- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 24, 2000

Books

"Get a Jump: Your Guide to College Planning and Career Exploration," Peterson's 2000, a division of Thomson Learning. The book provides practical advice for students planning for college and lists regional schools, with enrollment, test scores and degrees offered.
"The Best College for You," Time and the Princeton Review, 2000. This book gives practical advice on finding the right school. It also discusses the pros and cons of early admission and profiles 1,500 colleges.
"America's Best Colleges," U.S. News & World Report, 2000. This offers practical advice on using the Web to search for schools. It includes its own rankings of the top 50 schools and best regional schools.
"Don't Miss Out: The Ambitious Student's Guide to Financial Aid," by Anna and Robert Leider, Octameron Associates, 2000. This is an in-depth look at the options available for financing college.
"How to Go to College Almost for Free," by Benjamin R. Kaplan, Waggle Dancer Books, 1999. This book was written by a recent Harvard graduate who earned $90,000 in scholarship money to pay for part of his Harvard education. It also provides a sampling of organizations that award scholarships.

Associations

The College Board, 45 Columbus Ave., New York, N.Y. Phone: 212/713-8000. The College Board is a 100-year-old nonprofit membership association of more than 3,800 schools, colleges, universities and other educational associations.
Independent Educational Consultants Association, 3251 Old Lee Highway, Suite 510, Fairfax, Va. Phone: 703/591-4850. The IECA is a 25-year-old membership association representing educational consultants. It requires members to have three years of experience in admissions and one year as an independent consultant and to have visited 100 college campuses.
National Association for College Admission Counseling, 1631 Prince St., Alexandria, Va. Phone: 703/836-2222. This membership association represents both high school counselors and college admissions counselors. It sponsors the National College Fairs and the Performing and Visual Arts College Fairs.

On line

The College Board (www.collegeboard.com) is the on-line registration site for the SAT. It offers help with preparation, gives test tips andpractice exercises and posts dates for the tests. It has links to more than 500 colleges.
College Bound (www.collegebound.net) is a 13-year-old publication that produces magazines aimed at students transitioning to college.
Collegelink (www.collegelink.com) is full of information about financial aid and provides a monthly calendar. It has 900 member colleges.
Embark (www.embark.com) is a site that offers a locker where students can store everything in one place. A matchmaker section focuses on the important things in selecting schools. This company is a vendor to the colleges.
FAFSA (www.fafsa.ed.gov) is an on-line version of the form for Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
Review (www.review.com) is the Princeton Review's college admissions marketplace. It provides a site for parents and counselors as well as the ability to search for colleges and compare information and costs.
Wired Scholar (www.wiredscholar.com) is a Web site sponsored by Sallie Mae, the government loan folks. The site provides a tool for comparing colleges and costs.


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