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The College Board is a not-for-profit membership association whose mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the association is composed of more than 5,200 schools, colleges, universities, and other educational organizations. Each year, the College Board serves seven million students and their parents, 23,000 high schools, and 3,500 colleges through major programs and services in college admissions, guidance, assessment, financial aid, enrollment, teaching and learning.

Among its best-known programs are the SAT®, the PSAT/NMSQT®, and the Advanced Placement Program® (AP®). The College Board is committed to the principles of excellence and equity, and that commitment is embodied in all of its programs, services, activities, and concerns.

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The Princeton Review helps students, parents, and educators achieve the best outcomes at all stages of their educational careers. It all starts with a single premise: Everyone is entitled to the best education. Through years of research we've learned to use practice and preparation to help students improve their performance.

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Counselor-O-Matic (Highly Recommended) is far and away the best free online tool to help confused students pick the college that’s right for them.  It’s basically an advanced search engine that spits out suggestions based on data that you provide.  Examples include your academic and extracurricular history (SAT’s, high school GPA, sports you played etc.) and your preferences (type of setting - urban, rural, suburban, school size etc.).

How accurate are the results? Well, I came across this useful tool after we’d already taken the long way home and did most of our research the hard way (by hand).  When we put the information into Counselor-O-Matic, the results were amazing.  Every school we were targeting showed up in the results, including some suggestions that weren’t even on the radar screen before.

If you have at least a ball-park idea of your school setting preferences and provide accurate information on your academic performance, it’s extremely helpful.  If nothing else, it gives you a starting point and a realistic evaluation of your academic “match schools.” Click on the icon below to get started now.

Are you looking for money to pay for college? Since 1998, has had one goal: to help students find the money they need to get through college. In the past few years, we've become the largest independent online source for free college scholarship searches and financial aid information. Our mission is to assist students in obtaining college scholarships and to help them and their parents explore the many available financial aid opportunities.

The Common Application is a not-for-profit organization that serves students and member institutions by providing an admission application - online and in print - that students may submit to any of our nearly 300 members. Membership is limited to colleges and universities that evaluate students using a holistic selection process. Since our founding over 30 years ago, we have been committed to maintaining a reliable service while promoting equity, access, and integrity in the college application process.

FAFSA - Federal Student Aid, an office of the U.S. Department of Education, ensures that all eligible individuals can benefit from federally funded or federally guaranteed financial assistance for education beyond high school. We consistently champion the promise of postsecondary education to all Americans—and its value to our society.

All financial aid applicants must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Just click on the FAFSA logo to get started.

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