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NUTS AND BOLTS

What's Next? by ACT, Inc.
www.collegeandcareerready.org/
The What's Next site provides a focused collection of tools and tips to guide you through some of life's most challenging decisions. No matter if you are in direct pursuit of a career or anticipating a career via some higher education path, the features of this site should prove very useful.

ACT, Inc.: A Student Site for ACT Test Takers
www.actstudent.org
Includes information about registering for the ACT, test prep, financial need estimator, and tips on college and career planning.

College Board
www.collegeboard.com
The College Board offers a variety of tools and resources to help you prepare and plan for college. Use "College MatchMaker" to generate a list of colleges that match your preferences. Create and manage your personal list of colleges with "My Organizer." Get ready for the SAT by taking an official, free practice test.

KnowHow2Go
www.knowhow2go.org
KnowHow2Go was designed to raise awareness about the steps needed to prepare for college and to motivate low-income, first-generation students to turn their dreams of going to college into a reality. Visit this website and receive practical tips and advice for making your way to college.

FINANCIAL AID

College Goal Sunday
www.collegegoalsundayusa.org
At College Goal Sunday, you get on-site assistance filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. This free service typically takes place in January, in cities and towns across the country. The link will let you know the time and place of a FAFSA workshop near you.

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
www.fafsa.ed.gov
Learn all about the FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, usually the first step in seeking financial aid for higher education.

Maryland Higher Education Commission
www.mhec.state.md.us/financialAid/descriptions.asp
The State of Maryland has an extensive array of financial aid programs for residents who choose to go to college in Maryland. This website has forms to complete for financial aid and will also provide information regarding degree programs offered in Maryland's colleges, universities & trade schools.

FastWeb
www.fastweb.com
This free service from Monster.com allows users to search over 1.3 million scholarships worth more than $3 billion.

The Student Guide
www.studentaid.ed.gov
Available in English and Spanish, the Student Guide is a comprehensive resource on student financial aid from the U.S. Department of Education - which provides more than $80 billion a year in grants, loans, and work-study assistance.

CAREER PLANNING

Education Planner
www.educationplanner.org
Check out their career assessment tool for help finding a career that suits you. You'll also find tips on completing college applications and tools to help you decide among colleges once you've been accepted.

Mapping Your Future
mappingyourfuture.org/
Mapping your future is a resource for career, college, financial aid and money management information.

MyMajors: Find Your Major
www.mymajors.com/college-major-quiz.cfml
Have you have been asking yourself, "What should I major in?" Are you struggling with how to choose a career path? Try our College Major Quiz or browse the largest list of college majors and the largest list of careers and job titles available!

Choosing Your College major
www.actstudent.org/plan/future/majors.html
The Map of College Majors is a unique, searchable map that shows the locations of 80 popular majors. The map is based on the interests of thousands of college students. Each point on the map corresponds to the interests of actual students in that major.

Your Career Possibilities
www.actstudent.org/plan/future/career.html
Exploring careers is easier if you have a good map. Launch the World-of-Work Map to begin exploring careers and occupations that might be right for you.

ONLINE TUTORING/HOMEWORK HELP

Khan Academy
www.khanacademy.org
Say you want to learn quadratic equations, or how to multiply polynomials, or even what a polynomial is - get to Khan Academy, where countless mathematical equations are explained and illustrated in clear detail on a virtual blackboard. In addition to the video lessons on math, science, and a number of other subjects, there are also practice exercises to help you put your new knowledge to use.

Live Help by Brainfuse
www.brainfuse.com/login/csl.asp?a_id=D25BDBAC
Brainfuse - HelpNow is a comprehensive suite of online academic services designed to support many learning needs and styles. HelpNow provides unique services for each of the three main sources of learning -- expert instruction, peer-to-peer collaboration, and self-study. All you need to access HelpNow is your library card number!

Discovery Education
www.discoveryeducation.com/students/index.cfm
Get mathematics homework help. Discovery Education offers free student resources that bring learning to life both inside and outside the classroom. We invite you to take a look at our interactive games, videos, contests, virtual labs and activities designed to help you dive deeper into a topic - and have fun too!

The Writing Site
www.thewritingsite.org
Enhance your writing skills! Visit this website to help you prepare for the HSA, ACT, and SAT.

Youtube
www.youtube.com
Youtube is very rich with useful tutorial content and people who create videos dedicated to providing tutorial assistance to students. Most every subject and skill can be put into a Youtube search with "tutorial" following the search terms allowing you to find a helpful video. Good luck!

EDUCATIONAL REFERENCE SITES

Rhymer.com
www.rhymer.com
Rap like Busta Rhymes in no time(s). This free online site displays rhymes for any proper English word you can think of. You'll also find links to dictionary definitions and a thesaurus.

Howjsay.com
www.howjsay.com
Say what? The brainchild of English language instructor Tim Bowyer, Howjsay is as simple as it is useful. Type in a word and Bowyer will pronounce it with impeccable diction.

Debatepedia
idebate.org
Make up your mind! Can't decide which side of an issue you should take? Debatepedia, produced by the International Debate Education Association, presents the pros and cons of thousands of topics in a wiki format.