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  • ACT Prep — Source for understanding the American College Test (ACT), including how to prepare for the test and how it relates to college admission.
  • CashCourse — A FREE money guide with online personal tools that help students to build real-life-ready financial skills in order to make informed financial decisions and take charge of their money.
  • Center for Student Opportunity (CSO) — Search and connect with colleges and universities that support first-generation college students. I’m First! is an online community providing first-generation college students – and those who advise them – with inspiration, information, and support on the road to and through college.
  • College Greenlight - Students can research schools, find scholarships, and understand where they fit at any stage of their college journey. College Greenlight unites a collective of advocates to make higher education more accessible to underserved students with unprecedented opportunities by bridging information and opportunity gaps with free resources for community and school-based advisers.
  • College Scorecard — One of several college-choice websites offered by the U.S. Department of Education and inspired by President Barack Obama; an interactive tool, designed to help parents and prospective students to weigh college options, including cost, graduation rates, loan default rates, and median borrowing.
  • Federal Student Aid - Provides college preparation checklists and links to websites on exploring career options, choosing a school, types of financial aid with eligibility requirements, FAFSA, student loans, and credit counseling.
  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) — Find information about deadlines, completing applications and options for filing federal student aid; find college school codes; learn about the IRS Data Retrieval Tool; and use FAFSA4caster to see how federal student aid can help pay for college.
  • High School Financial Planning Program — A FREE turnkey financial literacy program specifically focused on basic personal finance skills that are relevant to the lives of teens in grades 8-12. It contains six 40-page student guides, one for each of the following personal finance topics: Money Management, Borrowing, Earning Power, Investing, Financial Services, and Insurance. The website is powered by the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE).
  • KASFAA — Kansas Association of Financial Aid Administrators (KASFAA) site provides students with online videos, other resources and events, like College Goal Sunday, to help them complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Online videos include: Overview of the Financial Aid Process, FAFSA Overview, Determining Your Dependency Status, Myths About Financial Aid, and Types of Federal Student Aid.
  • Khan Academy — A nonprofit educational organization created in 2006 by educator Salman Khan with the aim of providing free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. Learn for free about math, art, computer programming, economics, physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, finance, history, and more.
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook - Provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Lists and describes various careers, including the job outlook; salary; the work environment; education, training, and other qualifications needed; information on state and area data, similar occupations; and other sources of additional information. 
  • Strive for College (UStrive) - Mentoring for a better tomorrow. UStrive provides high school and college students with free online mentoring to help them get to college, graduate, and begin their careers. There's also a link to the I'm First online community that celebrates students who are the first in their family to go to college. Check out the student blogs, video stories, and discover colleges with special programs to support first-gen students. 
  • The Stock Market Game — Connects students to the global economy with virtual investing and real-world learning in math, English language arts, economics, social studies, and other subjects. Access easy-to-follow instructional guides, suggested lessons, activities, and projects for afterschool and homeschool.
  • Test Prep Review — Source for FREE online practice tests, including the GED, ACT, SAT, GMAT, and more.