IADW has prepared this listing of important resources for parents and college-bound students.
The College Board develops and administers standardized tests and curricula used by K–12 and post-secondary education institutions to promote college-readiness and as part of the college admissions process. Students can register for the following tests through the College Board: SAT, the PSAT/NMSQT, the PSAT 10, and the PSAT 8/9, and the College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP).
SAT (formerly Scholastic Aptitude Test)
The SAT is a standardized test widely used for college admissions in the United States. It is typically taken by high school juniors and seniors. Two section scores result from taking the SAT: Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, and Math.
The ACT is a standardized test used for college admissions in the United States. The ACT test covers four academic skill areas: English, mathematics, reading, and scientific reasoning.
The Common Black College Application (CBCA) is like the Common App or Coalition App, but the platform is exclusive for historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). To date, the CBCA has 62 member schools, and students interested in going to HBCUs may use the app to apply to any of them.
Parents are encouraged to file for FAFSA starting Oct 1st of your student’s senior year and every year of college. Many colleges have a policy that a FAFSA must be on file in order for a student to be considered for merit scholarships.
This is the main website for Federal Student Aid which provides details on every type of financial aid offered by the federal government (grants, work-study, and loans) and explains the financial aid application process, aid eligibility, and loan repayment. It also offers helpful guidance on preparing for college. You can also log in to view all of the details of your federal student aid, complete student loan entrance counseling and sign your Master Promissory Note on this site.
The Common Application is an undergraduate college admission application that students can use to apply to about 900 private colleges and universities across all 50 U.S. states, and 20 countries. Students can also research financial aid and scholarships, and connect to college counseling resources through Common App.
The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test is a standardized test administered by the College Board and co-sponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation in the United States. Students in 10th and 11th grade can take the new PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10 to measure readiness for college, access scholarships, and practice for the SAT.
CSS Profile, administered and maintained by the College Board, opens the door to nonfederal scholarships and other kinds of institutional aid that can make a big difference when it comes time to pay for college. A completed CSS Profile required by 300+ colleges, universities and scholarship organizations.
The Coalition offers students a set of free, online college planning tools, called MyCoalition, which helps them learn about, prepare for, and apply to colleges. The Coalition is made up of more than 150 distinguished and diverse public and private colleges and universities across the U.S.