Helpful Websites for First Generation, Underserved Students, Families and Counselors
Consult these sites for a wealth of information relevant to first generation and underserved students in your schools and communities. Although some of the sites are regionally-based, they all offer tips and ideas for working with your students and their families.
General Sites for Information
Search and planning functions as well as testing information for PSAT/NMSQT and SAT plus FA information,including the CSS Profile). Also has a spanish version.
The federal governmentʼs site for tips and information geared to counselors about how to approach financial aid with students and families.
College Is Possible
College Is Possible is the American Council on Education's (ACE) K–16 youth development program. It motivates middle and high school students from underserved communities to seek a college education. ACE has partnered with 47 member institutions around the country to build a bridge between colleges and universities and their local K-12 community with commitment at the executive level.
Public A site from the Feds that covers a wide range of college-related issues, including making the transition to college. It includes a link to the FAFSA and a direct link to where you can get a PIN for the application. It also has links to other areas of the federal government in an easy to use format. A little less intimidating than some government sites can be.
Bureau of Labor Statistics
Is the student-centered corner of the Bureau of Labor Statistics site. Here students can see what it takes to become a doctor, attorney, farmer, etc., and what the prospects for those jobs are in coming years. A good place to start discussions about the future with younger students.
www.bls.gov. (larger site)
Illinois Student Assistance Commission: College Zone
From the Illinois Student Assistance Commission. Lots of information for students, parents, counselors, plus a good FA section. Itʼs Illinois-centered, but all the basic information is there. Check your own stateʼs government site to see something similar.