Berkeley High School
Emery High School
Piedmont High School
San Leandro High School
This combined effort by California colleges and universities and the state Department of Education provides information about higher education opportunities in California. In addition to information about specific public and private schools, career planning, and financial aid, users will also find the school codes used for the SAT, ACT, and FAFSA.
California Student Aid Commission
Designed to provide complete and accurate information about financing a college education in the State of California. You can find out all about the Cal Grant program. Also has the current Financial Aid Workbook for Students and information on the new Golden State Scholarshare Trust Savings Program.
If you’re in the process of choosing a college, this site helps you tour them online. It indexes pages at the college and universities in the U.S. that have campus tours, maps, Webcams, and Web sites. You can browse alphabetically or by state. Searchable.
This site, from the College Board, takes you through practicing for, scheduling, and taking the SAT I and II, PSAT/NMSQT, CLEP, and AP tests. There is also information on planning for college including choosing, getting accepted, and obtaining financial aid. Use the site map to access vocational guidance through the Career Browser.
College is Possible
The most important section of this site concerns financial aid programs and paying for college. Additional sections offer a ten-step guide to preparing for college (from pre-school), College Admissions and Financial Aid calendar, and a resource library.
Designed primarily for high school students, this site provides a searchable database of profiles of colleges and universities, and information on scholarships and financial aid. Registration (free) required.
FAFSA on the Web
Determine eligibility, find out federal school codes, fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, and check on the status of a submitted FAFSA–all online.
Federal School Code Search
A searchable list of the school title codes used to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
FinAid: The SmartStudent Guide to Financial Aid
Advice on and links to sources of information about student financial aid. Covers topics such as loans, scholarships, military aid, federal and state aid, fellowships, grants, prepaid tuition plans, study abroad, financial aid consultants, and scholarship search services. Offers financial aid resources for specific student populations, and programs of study.
Practice taking tests online with immediate scoring for ACT, SAT, PSAT, SAT II, AP, and other academic exams. You will need to register to create a free account with Learning Express by using your Alameda County Library card, so you can access your own exams on repeat visits from your home or in the library.
Mapping Your Future
Choosing a career, selecting a school, and paying for higher education are all part of preparing for the future. This page is aimed at parents and is a public service project. Includes, among others, a financial aid calendar and scholarship resources.
National Association for College Admission Counseling
Professional guidance counselors are the primary audience for this site, but college-bound students and their parents will find a “Prep for College Calendar,” college fair information, and articles on a range of admissions subjects including financial aid, college interviews, and essays.
Information about thousands of colleges and universities, undergraduate and graduate programs, applications, funding, and more. Specific topics include distance learning, executive education, academic test preparation, financial aid, summer programs and camps, and study abroad.
Information on all aspects of the college or graduate/professional school admissions process. GMAT, MCAT, GRE, SAT, PSAT, financial aid, graduate school rankings, career information, etc.
Send your Child to College: The Internet Guide for Parents
This superb annotated directory is “a place parents can use as a source of solid information about colleges and financial aid, as well as all the steps students and families need to take to reach their goals.” There’s a Guide to Mega-sites; government aid, scholarships, and grants are in Financial Aid; information on admissions, rankings, counseling, community colleges, application essays, athletes, and international students is covered in Planning for College: Practical Help and Advice; and the ACT, AP, SAT, and Preparation Classes are in the Tests section.
Student Aid on the Web
Comprehensive student financial aid information from the U.S. Department of Education. Includes the three major forms of financial aid available via the federal Student Financial Assistance Programs: grants, loans, and work-study.
Wiredscholar: The Planning for College Destination
This site from Sallie Mae, a “leading provider of education funding,” presents basic information on preparing for, selecting, and applying to college, and information about paying for a college education, with an emphasis on financing and financial aid. Free registration allows students to access information relating to more than two million scholarships, and an “Award Analyzer.” Some material is fee-based.