Below you will find links to various web sites of interest to students and parents as you engage in the college search and application process. List is updated as additional resources become available.
College Search Tools
Campus Tours - Provides fast and easy access to interactive tours of colleges across the United States.
Cappex - Cappex is a college search engine providing students and families with information on colleges, including admissions requirements, application deadlines, financial aid, scholarships, and descriptions of programs and majors.
CollegeXpress - College search information.
College Prowler - Web site providing college searches and college reviews. Site also provides cost for colleges.
NACAC (National Association for College Admission Counseling) - First-rate resource for college admission counseling. Find out more about student national college fairs and timetables for college inquiry/application process.
Study Abroad - Online study abroad program directory. Site provides listings for thousands of study-abroad programs in more than 100 countries throughout the world. Search by program type, country or subject area of interest.
Peterson's Student Edge - No cost online resource center that allows students to prepare for tests, find a college, and search for financial aid opportunities. Student Edge also provides free online courses for SAT and unlimited access to online practice tests for the SAT, SAT Subject Tests, and AP Exams. For more information on how to get started please contact Bernadette Condesso.
College Board - Web site provides free or low cost preparation for SATs. Four major types of tests for high school students are administered by the College Board: the PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test); the SAT Reasoning Test; the SAT Subject Tests; and Advanced Placement Examinations. The SAT Reasoning Test is typically taken in the spring of the junior year and also in the fall of senior year as needed.
SparkNotes Test Prep - Web site offers free test preparation. Students need to create an account (free) in order to access preparation materials.
Shmoop SAT Test Prep - Web site offers test preparation for minimal cost.
Financial Aid Information
FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) - Parents of seniors who are applying for financial aid must complete this form. It is available online and can be completed after January 1, 2010.
CSS/Financial Aid Profile - Many colleges require completion of the CSS/Financial Aid Profile from families seeking financial aid. This is a fee based program managed by College Board. The information from the CSS/Financial Aid Profile helps colleges award nonfederal student aid funds.
Selective Service - Males must register for selective service before they can receive federal and state financial aid. This site allows you to register online.
Financial Aid Calculator - College Board's college financing calculator.
StudentAid.com - College cost financing calculator.
Fast Web Scholarship - Free scholarship search.
Online Financial Aid Guide - A no-cost guide to financial aid, scholarships, loans, and financial aid calculators.
Hispanic Fund - Guide to scholarships for Hispanic students and universities who participate in the Hispanic Fund scholarship program.
United Negro College Fund - Scholarships for American American students organized by location, academic major and merit and need.
Scholarships.com - Free scholarship search.
CollegeBoard - College Board's scholarship search.
Common Application - A generic college application form that is used by 391 institutions. The vast majority of colleges and universities that PDS students apply to (including many SUNY institutions) use the Common Application. We encourage students' use of the Common Application whenever possible. List of participating colleges.