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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 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.
  • National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) — A leading private nonprofit 501 (c) 3, national foundation dedicated to providing financial education and practical information to people at all financial levels. The site includes links to consumer resources, the latest financial news, past and present research endeavors, money management tips, retirement planning, steps to getting smart about money and ways to identify and improve spending habits.
  • 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. 
  • 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.