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The following resources will help you take charge of your own college admissions process. It's a good idea to check in with a professional anyway to make sure your college list and your timeline are on track, but these links will allow you to do a lot of prep work yourself. Why would you want to do it yourself? To save money! To feel like you're in the driver's seat of your own destiny!
Remember--NO DRAMA. Don't buy into society's hype about this being too hard for you to handle. You can do this.

(Everything here is free unless it has a "$" next to it)

Coursera online class: How to Apply to College

College Board


List of links for SAT tips and resources




FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)--Do not use any other link or website to fill out a FAFSA


NACAC (National Association for College Admission Counseling)


SAT Prep Guide

Free practice SAT

Free practice ACT

Compass Guide to College Admissions Testing ('18-'19)

What are APs?

CollegePoint (free online college counseling)

FairTest (list of test-optional colleges and colleges that weigh standardized testing very lightly)


Colleges That Change Lives

College Prep Guide

College Scorecard from the U.S. Dept of Education


Common App


Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success (new "competitor" of Common App; has more functions for college search process than Common App but fewer universities are affiliated at this time--mostly schools in New England)

Varsity Tutors (free online classes and assessments)

Student reviews of colleges


Virtual college tour sites:


Online college mentoring (California only--explore majors and transfer options at UC and CSU schools)


Information about online degree programs

Information about transferring from

Gap year info

"How to Transfer" from UniversityHQ

Financial Literacy for Students from

Avoid predatory lending by Dead Street Capital

Online degree search by College Degrees Online

Ergonomics for College Students

Podcasts of interest

AdmitSee (see successful college essays and applicant profiles for any college of your choice; one free per week, pay for more)


College Aid Consulting (financial planner specializing in college-related savings and strategies)

Credit information for youth (for children or for college students)

If you have a favorite website or a request for a certain type of link to be added to this page, please let me know via email.

Check out my article from the California Dept of Education/CalSTAT's summer 2015 issue of "Special EDge"

Fair Opportunity Guide

created by Harvard students

LD and ASD Students Guide to Transition

created by Closing the Gap

What colleges should be doing to support students on the Autism Spectrum

created by Rochester Institute of Technology

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