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The College Search
- College Niche – probably the single best broad based search engine for college stats, insights and reviews. Many use for deeper digging rather than initial exploration as it can be overwhelming.
- Can be overwhelming so use it as a secondary research tool rather than exploration.
- College Board – surprisingly the devil itself has maintained one of the most straightforward and up-to-date college search engines on the web.
- US News & World Report – or “The List”, a compilation of rankings that should be viewed in limited doses so as not to base a school on the wrong reasons.
- NCAA – official starting point for all potential college athletes: rules, division lists, eligibility requirements and registration.
- D3Sports – helpful compilation of D3 teams and colleges. Good, simple browsing site for potential recruits.
- FAFSA – required form if you are seeking financial aid awards of any kind. Goes online January 1st. Get your taxes done soon after Feb 1st, or do a “will file” and use your estimates. Either way, get it in early.
- CSS Profile – the little sister to the FAFSA, this non-federal form is required by many private schools for aid/scholarships. Your application will tell you if it is required.
- Scholarship Search – the cleanest scholarship search engine out there. Although Blue Trainers get the vast majority of their awards directly from the schools, it never hurts to poke around.