Useful Websites

Useful Websites for Career Planning, Financial Aid and Scholarships:

*These are only a few of the best websites I have found. I encourage all students and parents to do searches of your own. (Additionally, be aware of programs that ask for money--a free scholarship search should not ask for credit card information.)

Career Education Web Search:

ACT World of Work Career Planning - - Explore Your Career Options: Choosing a career is a big decision. But you don't have to sweat it—planning for your future is not something you do once. It's a continuous process. One way to start is by exploring your career options in the "World of Work." Sign up for a student account and use the interactive World-of-Work Map.

America's Career Infonet - - Career One Stop--Pathways to Career Success

Bureau of Labor Statistics - - Wealth of information on jobs!

Career Planning - - Find internships and jobs!

Career Planning - - Career Planning info.

Career Search - - Advice from monstertrak

DESE Career Clusters Booklet - - Career Clusters provide a way for schools to organize instruction and student experiences around 16 broad categories that encompass virtually all occupations from entry through professional levels. These groupings of occupations are used as an organizing tool for curriculum design, a model for guidance and instruction, and a mechanism for seamless transition from secondary education to postsecondary and/or career.

Job Corps - - What Is Job Corps? Job Corps is a no-cost education and vocational training program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor that helps young people ages 16 through 24 get a better job, make more money, and take control of their lives.

At Job Corps, students enroll to learn a trade, earn a high school diploma or GED and get help finding a good job. When you join the program, you will be paid a monthly allowance; the longer you stay with the program, the more your allowance will be. Job Corps provides career counseling and transition support to its students for up to 12 months after they graduate from the program.

Missouri Connections - - This website is currently used by students during classroom guidance lessons to help them prepare for college and/or a future career.

Adventures in Education - - This website gives help with career, scholarship and financial aid planning.

Occupational Outlook Handbook -

For hundreds of different types of jobs—such as teacher, lawyer, and nurse—the Occupational Outlook Handbook tells you:

*the training and education needed


*expected job prospects

*what workers do on the job

*working conditions

In addition, the Handbook gives you job search tips, links to information about the job market in each State, and more.

Financial Aid Web Search:

Department of Education -

FAFSA - - The FAFSA is the form you need to fill to receive any financial aid for college. You can pick up a paper form from my office around the end of November. It can't be filled out until after January 1 for the next school year.

Federal Student Aid - - U.S. Department of Education's Financial Aid Site. Included on this site is a free tool called FAFSA4caster that lets you estimate the amount of federal aid you could receive.

Financial Aid Help - - College, career and financial aid planning.

Financial Aid Info - - Fast Web--one of the best scholarship, college planning sites on the web!

Mapping Your Future - - One-stop site for students and parents with information on financial strategies, career options, and college planning.

Missouri Department of Higher Education - - Financial Aid assistance.

MOHELA - - MOHELA--loan information.

MOST - - Welcome to MOST—Missouri's 529 College Savings Plan - MOST 529 helps make saving for college easy and affordable. This state-sponsored plan features significant federal and state tax benefits, including a state income tax deduction of up to $8,000 per year ($16,000 if married filing jointly) for Missouri taxpayers.* The plan also features low costs and 24/7 account access.** Get started with just $25, contribute regularly, and add to your savings with the free Upromise® rewards service—you may be surprised at how much you can accumulate. And the sooner you start, the more time your money has to grow. Join Missouri in doing the MOST for your children.

nelnet College Planning - - Free finanancial aid information

Adventures in Education - - This website gives help with career, scholarship and financial aid planning.

Sallie Mae - - Sallie Mae--financial aid assistance

Scholarship Web Search:

JLV College Counseling - - Free scholarship information page, sorted my majors, deadlines, age, etc.

Adventures in Education - - This website gives help with career, scholarship and financial aid planning.

College Connection - - Free scholarship information page.

College Net - - Scholarship search.

College Scholarships -

Scholarship search.

Fast Web - - Excellent Scholarship Search with millions of dollars to give away!

Fin Aid - - Scholarship search.

Go College! - - Database of more than 800,000 awards and $2.8 billion in scholarships.

Missouri Department of Higher Education - - Scholarship assistance.

Scholarship Experts - - Scholarship search.

Scholarship Help - - Scholarship database.

Scholarship Page - - Scholarship database - - Scholarship database.