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College Prep



Preparing for College 


LearningExpress Library College Prep

Brought to you by NCLive. Practice tests, interactive tutorials, and eBooks to help you prepare for college success.



Information about the test, including frequently asked questions, sample questions and strategies, and how to register for the ACT online.



Register for the SAT, get test dates, registration information and more.


SAT Preparation Assistance

Includes free downloadable SAT practice questions and study tips for many test sections.


SAT Help

School codes, application deadlines, practice questions, and college essay advice.


American Council on Education Higher Education

Information about preparing for college, choosing the right one, and paying for it.



Links to many online applications for schools, a search engine for locating a college, and a scholarship database.


My Future

Not sure what to do after high school? Should you choose the military, college or career, this site helps you make an decision by comparing each path.


The Princeton Review

Find the best school for you and how to apply, compare financial aid packages, get online applications, raise your test scores and more.


US News & World Reports Rankings & Advice

For 30 years, U.S. News & World Report's rankings and advice have served as a valuable reference when making life's toughest decisions.



Financial Aid for College



Federal Application for Student Aid


Federal Student Aid

The best place to start for those seeking federal loans for college tuition.


College Foundation of North Carolina

Helping you plan, apply, and pay for college.  A great resource for North Carolina residents!

Financial aid information page, including scholarships, loans and military aid.


FastWeb: Finding College Financial Aid

Searchable database of almost 200,000 sources of scholarships, fellowships, grants and loans. The student is asked to submit a profile.



College Information


College Board

An overview of all colleges and universities with instructions on writing application essays, applying for loans and calculating costs. Includes links to application forms, tips on interviewing, and articles about the process of getting into the school of your choice.


Study Abroad

A directory of study abroad programs, including summer study abroad, internship, service learning and volunteer abroad programs, high school study abroad, intensive language programs and more, all organized by subject or country or city.


NC Community Colleges

Lists all of the community colleges in North Carolina with links and searches for degrees and distance learning.


University of North Carolina System (NC Public Universities)

The University of North Carolina’s 17 campuses extend from the state’s mountains to the coast. More than 220,000 students are enrolled at 16 universities and the NC School of Science and Mathematics, the country’s first public residential high school for gifted students. 




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