Please refer to these resources for more information on what it means to be college and career ready. You may download the Lesson 21 Resources or for a complete list of resources, please download the CCR Resources list.


Federal Student Aid (YouTube channel)

Video Resources: http://www.youtube.com/FederalStudentAid

Resource Description: Federal Student Aid, an Office of the U.S. Department of Education, helps make a college education possible for every dedicated mind by providing more than $150 billion each year in grants, loans, and work-study funds.

Audience Type: Students (secondary/post-secondary)

The Real Cost of College (PBS Learning Media)

Course Module: http://klru.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/fin10.socst.personfin.manage.lpcollege/the-real-cost-of-college/

Resource Description: This lesson teaches high school students the basics of budgeting, including understanding how revenue and expenses interact. Students learn about budgeting for college expenses and apply what they learn to real-life scenarios.

Audience Type: Teachers and High School Students Preparing for College (Grades 7-12)

Federal Student Aid: Academic and Financial Preparation

Website: http://studentaid.ed.gov/prepare-for-college/checklists

Resource Description: This site contains checklists with steps you can take to help your (or your child's) chances of getting into—and being able to afford—the school of your choice.

Audience Type: Parent and Students

College Ahead (Sallie Mae)

Website: https://www.collegeanswer.com/manage-your-money/default.aspx

Resource Description: This resource helps students develop a plan to maximize savings with information, financial calculators, and tips.

Audience Type: Students

Student Aid 101 (Education Planner)

Website: http://www.educationplanner.org/students/paying-for-school/student-aid-101/index.shtml

Resource Description: This website focuses on where to begin and what to look for when it's time to pay for school.

Audience Type: Students and Parents

Loan Repayment Calculator (You can deal with it)

Online Tool: http://www.youcandealwithit.com/schools/calculators/loan-repayment-calculator.shtml

Resource Description: Use this online tool to estimate how much your monthly payments will be when it's time to pay back a loan.

Audience Type: Students

Borrowers (You can deal with it)

Website: http://www.youcandealwithit.com/borrowers/index.shtml

Resource Description: This website provides practical advice about paying for college and managing your debt.

Audience Type: Students

The Language of Loans (You can deal with it)

Website/Glossary of terms: http://www.youcandealwithit.com/borrowers/student-aid-101/language-of-loans.shtml

Resource Description: Use this resource for a glossary of terms to help you speak the language of loans.

Audience Type: Students and Parents

College Abacus

Online Tool/Website: http://collegeabacus.org/

Resource Description: This Financial Aid Calculator helps the user get a firm grasp on what financial aid is necessary based on the desired institution of higher learning.

Audience Type: Financial Aid Calculator

Federal Student Aid (U.S. Department of Education)

Website: http://studentaid.ed.gov/

Resource Description: Federal Student Aid, an Office of the U.S. Department of Education, helps make a college education possible for every dedicated mind by providing more than $150 billion each year in grants, loans, and work-study funds.

Audience Type: Students, CCR Professionals, Parents, and Educators

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) (U.S. Department of Education)

Online Application/Website: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/

Resource Description: Use this online tool to apply for Federal Student Aid.

Audience Type: Students (secondary/post-secondary), and CCR Professionals

The Financial Aid Effect on Early Decision and Early Application (Peterson's)

Article: http://studentaid.ed.gov/fafsa/estimate

Resource Description: This article discusses how financial aid may affect a student’s early decision process.

Audience Type: Students

FAFSA4caster (U.S. Department of Education)

Online tool: http://www.petersons.com/college-search/early-decision-financial-aid.aspx

Resource Description: This is a free financial aid calculator that gives you an early estimate of your eligibility for federal student aid.

Audience Type: Student and Parents

Federal Student Aid: Resources for Parents

Website: http://studentaid.ed.gov/resources/parents

Resource Description: This website provides resources to help parents save for college, learn about financial aid, and understand the application process.

Audience Type: Parents

Financial Aid: Discover Ways to Finance Your Education (Hobsons)

Website: http://www.collegeview.com/financialaid/index.jsp

Resource Description: These financial aid resources will help students identify their funding options.

Audience Type: Students

Financial Aid Tips from WWC Practice Guides (ies)

Graphic: http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/news.aspx?sid=04

Resource Description: This resource is intended to increase families' financial awareness, help students apply for financial aid, and raise expectations for college attendance.

Audience Type: Administrators and Advisors

Applying for Financial Aid in 7 Easy Steps (NACAC)

PDF Guides: http://www.nacacnet.org/research/PublicationsResources/Marketplace/Documents/FinAid7steps.pdf

Resource Description: Use this quick guide to help with the financial planning process.

Audience Type: Students and Parents

Financial Aid (NACAC)

Website article: http://www.nacacnet.org/studentinfo/articles/Pages/FinAidAward.aspx

Resource Description: This resource provides guidance for students on what to consider when it comes to available financial aid opportunities.

Audience Type: Students

Student Aid Timeline (You can deal with it)

Website article: http://www.youcandealwithit.com/borrowers/student-aid-timeline.shtml

Resource Description: Find aid for college using this simple timeline.

Audience Type: Students

Parents (You can deal with it)

Website article: http://www.youcandealwithit.com/parents/index.shtml

Resource Description: This site will help you send your son or daughter to school with some financial know-how.

Audience Type: Parents

How to Pay for College (Peterson's)

Resources webpage:: http://www.petersons.com/college-search/how-to-pay-for-college.aspx

Resource Description: This website centers on scholarships, loans, financial aid, and the FAFSA.

Audience Type: Students