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College Resources

The following resources are suggestions and recommendations by parents and staff. This list is not meant to be exhaustive. Libraries, bookstores, and the Internet are great resources for finding materials that may be even more specific to your needs.

A note of caution regarding websites: Online resources are an excellent source for college information, but be wary of “.com” sites. For example, there is a “” site which states it will fill out your FAFSA form, but for a price. The federal government’s FAFSA site and other federal educational websites end in “ ”, and California government sites end in “”. The information on these government sites is offered free and their publications are also free. Nonprofit organizations end in “ .org ” and are more reputable than “.com ” sites. However, there may be a charge for certain services with “.org” sites.

California College Information

Online Information about Colleges

information about what schools have to offer in terms of top-rated academics and student lifestyle.
get the best education possible
Step-by-step college planning guide
Source for college planning in CA
College finder, Virtual tours; how to make the most of your college experience
Directory of colleges and universities offering cyber security degrees
Subject guides, resources and rankings of business schools.
college planning made easy, fun, and affordable!
Extensive information about college planning, preparation, financing
College Board sponsored site. Free access for students who have taken the PSAT.

A Graphiq search engine to compare colleges side by side

online college prep resource providing university rankings, tuition costs and in depth information 

Information about Online Colleges

This tool helps simplify the process of comparing online colleges and programs.
Identify an online institution that meets your educational, professional and financial needs.
a guide and resource of verified consumer reviews used to make a more informed decision

for the experienced online learner, current student, or those considering attending college online

Naviance Family Connection

Naviance is a web-based college & career research and planning tool for AHS students and parents.  Every AHS student has an account with Naviance, but you must register before you can start using its many features.  On Naviance, students can search for colleges, explore careers, and take interest inventories.  In addition, students can review admission data for colleges across the United States and get a better sense of whether a particular college would be a good match for them.  If you have not registered on Naviance or would like a short overview of how to use this program, please see Ms. Parrott in the Counseling Office. 

Other Resources

The AHS Counseling office, AHS library and Albany library have a wide variety of college guides, books and pamphlets on the college search process, admissions, financial aid and more.

Complete a term of service to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award.
Info and advice on the many options students have to reduce the cost of their degree
clearinghouse for information among state-administered college savings programs

Services for students to finish high school and enroll in postsecondary institutions.

search engine with access to information on 600,000 scholarships

help identify areas of improvement on your college applications

lower loan debt by fundraising

Get scholarships from colleges for your achievements in high school.
*to build a financially secure future and still afford a few luxuries in life. 

Financial Aid

Chafee Grant for Foster Youth Application
CA Dream Act Application

Free Application for Federal Student Aid

Additional Information

Free Money for Foster Youth for college or career training Phone: 1–800–778–6888
SAT registration, SAT prep and CSS/PROFILE online

California Student Aid Commission information

More information about AB540 and DACA.
Get help completing the FAFSA or CADAA and Chafee application.

U.S. Dept. of Education,  Office of Post-secondary Education (OPE)

U.S. Department of Education, Federal Student Aid

Get help paying for college or career school. Information about grants, loans, and work-study.

The smart student guide to financial aid. Overview of financial aid process; contains financial aid calculator. Student financial aid information, advice and tools

Provides for financial aid awareness

Stafford, PLUS and Consolidated Loans (federal loans) CSS PROFILE / contains online financial aid calculator 1–800–778–6888 (Nellie Information on FFELP Federal Family Education Loan Programs and privately funded loans for students and families.)

Federal Student Aid Information Center 1–800–433–3243
Visit after receiving your application submission confirmation


Students register for the SAT/ACT directly through each organization's website, NOT through the Counseling Office.

SAT (including Subject Tests):

Families of students with disabilities who are seeking accommodations on these standardized tests need to apply directly to the testing organization to receive those accommodations. Click here for helpful hints for applying for accommodations through ACT and College Board (applies to SAT Reasoning and Subject Tests as well as PSAT and Advanced Placement exams). 


Practice Tests:



ACT prep**:

How to Get a 36 on ACT Reading: The Ultimate Guide
This post explains the structure of the ACT Reading section, scoring criteria, and offers study strategies. It also features example questions and practice test resources.

How to Get a 36 on ACT Math: The Ultimate Guide
After they've conquered the Reading section, students can check out this post for tips on the ACT Math section. It's packed with study tips to help make the most of your prep time before test day.

How to Manage Your Time and Breaks on ACT Test Day
When exam day rolls around, students need to know how to make every minute count. This post offers actionable advice for time management during the ACT exam.

The Ultimate Student's Starter Kit to the ACT
over 100 pages of expert information and study strategies to help students increase their scores.

SAT prep**:

PTPS: Free afterschool course at AHS. Sign-up at


For students wanting to explore test prep over the summer, Kaplan is offering FREE PSAT, SAT and ACT PRACTICE TESTS and WORKSHOPS. Visit to see what is available!


**References listed here are for informational purposes only. There is no gurantee of outcomes; test results will vary.

The Student–Athlete

Albany High School Athletic Department's Planning Guide for the College-Bound Student Athlete

Initial Eligibility Clearinghouse
P.O. Box 4044
Iowa City, IA 52243–4044

NCAA’s home page: 

For other questions call toll free 1–877–262–1492.

Financial Assistance for Undocumented Students

If you are not a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident and do not currently possess a green card, visa, or other legal documentation, you are considered an undocumented immigrant.

Being an undocumented student does not prohibit you from applying to college or receiving financial assistance. Albany High School hosts a financial aid workshop for students each year. Please listen to the bulletin or refer to the Counseling calendar for more information and visit CA Dream Act for details.

Financial Assistance for Foster Youth

If you are or were in foster care between the ages of 16 and 18 as a dependent or ward of the court and have financial need, you may qualify for up to $5,000 a year for career and technical training or college. 

Being a foster child does not prohibit you from applying to college or receiving financial assistance. Albany High School hosts a financial aid workshop for students each year. Please listen to the bulletin or refer to the Counseling calendar for more information and visit Chafee Grant information page for details.

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