Getting Started | Choosing a College | Applying to College | General Resources | Scholarships and Financial Aid

Getting Started

  • KnowHow2GoKY - Learn the four basic steps you take to get ready for college.

Choosing a College

  • Campus - Researching colleges? Give this site a try! This site contains online tours of colleges all over the U.S.
  • College Board – Use the “find your match” tool to narrow your choices down for the college you want to attend.
  • CollegeSource Online - Featuring over 40,000 College Catalogs in complete cover-to-cover original page format including 2-year, 4-year, graduate, and professional schools. Check out the advance search tool to find a U.S. school by tuition, enrollment or degree.
  • Schools in the USA - This site provides you with everything you need to know to find the career and college that are best for you.
  • U.S. Department of Education - Why should you go to college? How are you going to pay for it? What will you do when you get there? These questions and many others are answered at this site.
  • U.S.News & World Report College Rankings - Search by region to compare colleges by rankings. You'll find current and valuable information for free, though some data is "premium" and fee based.

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Applying to College

  • College Board - From the publishers of the SAT. Find sample questions, test taking advice, or sign up for advanced placement tests. Also includes a career interest questionnaire.
  • Learning Express (you'll need your LFPL library card to access this site from home) – an extensive collection of practice tests, including the SAT and ACT. Also includes high school skills improvement, military entrance, citizenship, law enforcement, and many more exams.Want to practice now for the ACT? Taking practice tests at our Learning Express Library database is easy. To learn how to set up an account and start practicing, check out our tutorial.

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General Resources

  • First in the Family - Are you the first in your family to go to college? This site will give you information about how to do it. Learn information from others who were also the first in their family.
  • My College Guide - Online magazine for the college-bound teen. Includes articles on how to pay for school, finding the right college, and an on-line forum to get your burning questions answered.
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook - Revised every two years, the Handbook describes what workers do on the job, working conditions, the training and education needed, earnings, and expected job prospects in a wide range of occupations.
  • OPE Campus Security Statistics Website - The U.S. Department of Education provides a direct link to reported criminal offenses for over 6000 colleges and universities in the United States.
  • - Interested in going to a college or university in another country? This site has easy to use tools to discover education programs outside the United States.

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Scholarships and Financial Aid

  • Bluegrass Community Foundation – Search for scholarships for Kentucky residents. A few scholarships are specific to: children with parents that are employees of Lexmark or Toyota, or students diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, or a graduate student with financial need.
  • CollegeData - Quickly search this comprehensive database of scholarships without having to register. Select state of residency, religion, ethnicity or subject of study to for specific scholarships.
  • Community Foundation of Louisville - A searchable database of scholarships for Kentucky and Southern Indiana students. Check under “eligibility” for requirements of school or county.
  • Community Foundation of Southern Indiana - "The Community Foundation of Southern Indiana, (CFSI) is a non-profit foundation that accepts money from individuals and organizations and holds it in trust, using the interest in part to fund community organizations and scholarships."
  • edu Financial Aid - News articles about financing for college from US News and World Report.
  • FAFSA -- The Free Application for Federal Student Aid  - Fill out your federal aid application online!
  • Financial Aid Calculators - Determine how much four years of college will cost or how much your family will be expected pay. Includes calculators on savings plans and loans.
  • Go Higher Kentucky - Search of scholarships for financing college. This site partners with Kentucky’s state agency (KHEAA) to assist students in finding sources to pay for college.
  • KEES Program – The Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship offers Kentucky students a monetary incentive to make good grades and test well on college entrance exams.
  • Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority Scholarships – KHEAA offers a variety of scholarships for Kentucky high school students and students already enrolled in college programs.
  • Questbridge – This non-profit organization offers scholarships to summer college school programs as well as all-expense-paid weekend visits to top-ranked colleges. Deadline is usually March 31 of each year.
  • Scholarship Scams - A warning from the Federal Trade Commission on being a savvy and safe scholarship seeker.
  • Student Financial Aid - Financial aid information from the U.S. Department of Education.
  • The Student Guide - Financial aid information from the U.S. Department of Education.

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Additional Scholarship Searching Suggestions

  • Need-based and Merit Scholarships are available at Kentucky colleges and universities. Visit the school's Website's scholarship page to find more information.
  • Many religious organizations offer scholarships; if you are a member, check with the local and national office or leaders to see if they have any available.
  • Check with any organizations in which your parents are members; they may also offer scholarships for students.

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