Useful Links

College Information
Medical Assisting Online Programs

List of colleges offering online classes for eventual certification.

http://medicalassistantclassesonline.net/states/iowa/

Iowa College Planning Center
The Iowa College Access Network® (ICAN) helps students at all levels reach their educational goals. Services are available at no cost in schools, online and at the ICAN offices in Cedar Rapids and West Des Moines.
http://www.icansucceed.org/

Private Colleges of Iowa
 the Iowa College Foundation (ICF) which represents the 23 private colleges and universities in the state of Iowa.
What Will They Learn
This is an independent college ranking website that compares college' educational value. Will you get your money's worth?
http://www.whatwilltheylearn.com

College Navigator
Start your college search based on type of college, geographic location, or program.
http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/

College Portrait - Accountability

The College Portrait website is a trustworthy source of basic, comparable information from over 260 public colleges and universities presented in a common, user-friendly format. The website is an information tool for students, families, policy makers, advisors, guidance counselors … or anyone interested in learning more about public colleges and universities!

http://www.collegeportraits.org/

Christian College Connector

Provides free Christian college information as well as a $2,500 scholarship drawing.

http://www.christianconnector.com/

Accounting Schools in Iowa
http://allaccountingcareers.com/states/iowa

Beauty and Wellness Schools in Iowa
http://www.beautyschoolsdirectory.com/search/IA

Criminal Justice Schools in Iowa
http://www.criminaljusticeprograms.com/states/iowa/

Education Schools in Iowa
http://www.educationdegree.com/states/iowa/

Message Therapy Schools in Iowa
http://www.massageregister.com/massage-schools/iowa

Medical Assisting Schools in Iowa
http://medicalassisting-edu.com/iowa/

Nursing Schools in Iowa
http://nursing.iowa.gov/nursing_ed/nursing_ed.html

Medical Assistant Schools, Training and Scholarships

Large website dedicated to the career of Medical Assistant. Lists types of training, schools, scholarships, and more.

http://theemedicalassistants.com/

Online Psychology Schools in Iowa
http://www.onlinepsychologydegrees.com/states/iowa/

Truck Driving Schools in Iowa
http://www.toptruckingschools.com/states/iowa/

Affordable Online Colleges in America: Rankings & Report

Edudemic ranked over 180 online colleges based on student value, price, and reputation. This ranking provides you with information about the most affordable colleges online out there today.

http://www.edudemic.com/affordable-online-colleges/

Online Colleges Guidebook

Best Online Colleges for 2016


http://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/online-colleges/

    Financial Aid
Best Online Scholarship Searches


LendEDU - 
In an effort to help students afford their higher education, LendEDU's guide to college scholarships allows students find relevant opportunities specifically for them, based on their grade level, GPA, the scholarship amount, and the requirements of the scholarship.

 I Have a Plan Iowa
Articles on financial aid and scholarship searches.
https://secure.ihaveaplaniowa.gov/default.aspx

Scholarships for Minority Students

Scholarships for Minority, Women, Students with Disabilities, and LGBTQ Students

http://www.learnhowtobecome.org/college/financial-aid-for-minority-students/

Ultimate Guide to the FAFSA

10 Steps to a Successful Student Loan Application


http://www.moneygeek.com/education/college/resources/fafsa-guide/

Graduating Without Debt

With prudent planning, it’s still possible to keep your debt burden to manageable levels.

http://www.moneygeek.com/education/college/resources/debt-free-college-education-guide/

College Savings Plans

Evaluating each college savings plan can identify the best fit for your family’s needs. General topics of consideration include income level, number of children, savings amount, career trajectory and time.

http://www.moneygeek.com/education/college/resources/college-savings-plans-guide/

How to Read Your Financial Aid Letter
Help with reading your college financial aid letter.
http://www.financialaidofficer.com/how-to-read-an-award-letter.pdf

Iowa College Planning Center
Everything you wanted to know about financial aid in one place!
http://www.icansucceed.org/

Fastweb
National Scholarship Search
http://www.fastweb.com/


Weird Scholarships
https://weirdscholarships.net/

Gear Up College Scholarships

This is a link to the colleges that will offer the GEAR UP students a $4000 scholarship. They are the non-profit private colleges and universities.

http://iowaprivatecolleges.org/member-colleges/

Nursing Scholarships
http://www.aacn.nche.edu/students/financial-aid#undergraduate

$2,500 Cosmetology Scholarship
http://www.beautyschoolsdirectory.com/cosmetology-school-scholarships.php

Scholarships & Grants for Vocational Students

A Guide to Scholarships and Grants for Vocational Students


http://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/vocational-trade-school/financial-aid-scholarships/

Career One Stop

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration and features over 7,000 scholarship, fellowship, loan and other financial aid opportunities.

http://www.careerinfonet.org/scholarshipsearch/

Buy College Books online

Rent, Buy, Sell College Textbooks

http://www.chegg.com/

Student Loans: An Overview

If you are considering taking out student loans, make sure you understand the different loan types and the costs before you borrow. The loan decisions you make today will likely affect your finances for many years to come.

https://www.moneygeek.com/education/college/student-loans/

Unfair Student Loan Practices

Unfortunately, students and new grads often bear the cost of mistakes by loan servicers ranging from administrative error to outright illegal activities such as harassment.

https://www.moneygeek.com/education/college/resources/unfair-student-loan-practices/

Student Loan Consolidation and Refinancing

Americans have amassed more than $1 trillion in student loans, a debt load that has squeezed the budgets of tens of millions of former students. Fortunately for indebted borrowers, there are some strategies for simplifying — and even lowering — monthly payments.

https://www.moneygeek.com/education/college/resources/loan-consolidation-refinance-guide/

DACA and the FAFSA

This video outlines the process for completing a FAFSA when you are an undocumented or DACA student. DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) is an American immigration policy that allows certain undocumented immigrants who entered the country before their 16th birthday and before June 2007 to receive a renewable two-year work permit and exemption from deportation.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyOfrAae-cs&feature=youtu.be

    National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
NCAA Elegibility Center
http://web1.ncaa.org/ECWR2/NCAA_EMS/NCAA.jsp

    ACT
ACT College Readiness Scores

Is your student ready for college academically? Are their scores high enough so they can avoid remedial classes?

https://www.act.org/research/policymakers/pdf/benchmarks.pdf


    SAT
SAT Help Site
Everything you wanted to know about the SAT.
http://sat.collegeboard.org/home

About the PSAT
The PSAT is a predictive test for the SAT. Only students who take the PSAT can be eligible for the National Merit Scholarship Competition.
http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/psat/about.html

Ihaveaplaniowa
Free ACT and SAT prep, once you log in.
https://secure.ihaveaplaniowa.gov/default.aspx

    Military
United States Army
http://www.army.mil/

Iowa National Guard
http://www.iowanationalguard.com/

United States Navy
http://www.navy.mil/swf/index.asp

United States Marine Corps
http://www.marines.com/?WT.srch=1&WT.mc_id=G_MARINE_CORPS_B#default

ASVAB Practice Test

This website provides an ASVAB practice test with sample questions designed to emulate the official ASVAB questions.

http://asvabpracticetestonline.com/

ASVAB Test Prep Site

Free Test Prep for ASVAB, ACT, and SAT

https://www.march2success.com/

     Iowa Private Colleges
Iowa Private Colleges
http://www.thinkindependently.com/

    RAI Calculator
RAI Calculator
Students can figure their own RAI score.

http://www.regents.iowa.gov/RAI/

     How Will My College Credits Transfer?
How Will My College Credits Transfer?

Transferring Your Credit 

The number one question transfer students ask is "How will my credits transfer?" Follow the links below  to discover how your courses may transfer to the Regent universities or other colleges. We invite you to explore, discover, and continue to dream big. We will work together to help you reach your educational goals and aspirations. NOTE: No credits will transfer unless you request a transcript from the college you took them from, to be sent to the college you will be attending.

For the Regent Colleges

http://www.transferiniowa.org/

For Other Colleges 

https://www.transferology.com/



College Admission Requirements

If you are wanting to attend one of the Regents Colleges (UNI, ISU or Univ. of Iowa) you need to pay special attention to the admission requirements.

http://www.regents.iowa.gov/Admissions/Building_Your_Future.pdf

    Project HOPE Articles
Daily Iowa Article about Project HOPE
http://www.dailyiowan.com/2011/04/08/Metro/22700.html

    President Obama and First Lady address bullying
President Obama and First Lady address bullying
http://www.whitehouse.gov/photos-and-video/video/2011/03/10/president-obama-first-lady-conference-bullying-prevention

     Cyber/Internet Safety
Cyber Safety

Students are on computers more than ever. There are good and bad things that come with this. This is link to help you, as a parent, know how you can help teach your child(ren) how to use the internet safely.

http://www.cyber-safety.com/

     School Counselor Resources
American School Counselor Association

Resources for parents and the public on student issues, school counselor's role, and more...

http://www.schoolcounselor.org/parents-public

    Career Exploration
Kuder Navigator

https://navigator.kuder.com/account/login-register 


Jobs for Teens
We are the largest FREE resource on the internet focused on helping teens find jobs.  Whether you're a teenager looking to work online, part-time, during the summer, or even full-time, we have the resources you need.


 USA Jobs

The Pathways Programs offer clear paths to Federal internships for students from high school through post-graduate school and to careers for recent graduates, and provide meaningful training and career development opportunities for individuals who are at the beginning of their Federal service.

https://www.usajobs.gov/StudentsAndGrads

Apprenticeship Opportunities

This is a list of apprenticeships available in our area.

http://www.iowaworkforce.org/apprenticeship/opportunities.htm

Apprenticeship brochures

Downloadable brochures of the different industries.

http://www.doleta.gov/oa/e-tools.cfm

     Academic Help
Military Families Tutoring

Get help from a professional tutor anytime you need it. FREE for Active Duty, National Guard and Reserve members in the Army, Marines, Navy or Air Force and their dependents. Tutors are online 24/7 and available to help in more than 16 subjects.

http://www.tutor.com/military

Study Skills Dot Com

Over 85 free articles covering everything for stopping test anxiety to how to write an essay. Excellent resource.

http://www.how-to-study.com/

PLATO Credit Recovery
https://ple.platoweb.com

US Army Education Program Guide

This guide contains useful information covering many of the Army's education related programs. Among these is March2Success, a free, state-of-the-art interactive, web-based program designed to help students in grades 7-12 improve their skills in math, science, and English.

http://www.npc-pubs.com/RecruiterJournal/Education-Guide2013

Free Test Prep

Free test prep for ASVAB, GED, ACT, SAT, TOEFL, CLEP, AP, and dozens more.

http://www.4tests.com/

GED Study Guides

Study guides and test prep

http://www.gedstudyguide.org/

Medical School First Stop: MCAT Prep, Updates & Tips

Go Grad has recently released a comprehensive guidebook to helping prospective medical students plan and prepare for the MCAT.

http://www.gograd.org/mcat-guidebook/

Advice for Seniors
8 Things for College Freshmen to Remember

List of 8 things that will make your transition from High School Senior to College Freshman easier.

http://web.physics.ucsb.edu/~airboy/freshmen.html

Advisory Tools
Work Keys Log In
http://rsp.act.org/1159144165

College Green Light
https://www.collegegreenlight.com/  

Kuder Career Navigator
https://navigator.kuder.com/account/login-register

     Everfi Financial Literacy
     https://platform.everfi.net/registration/login