Links and Resources

Links and Resources

PREPARE FOR SAT/ACT EXAMS

  • MyStudentEdge: Use your login and password from summer 2010 (or see your academic tutor) to access this members only website with PSAT, SAT, ACT and AP test prep, resources and full-length practice tests.
  • SAT Video Clips: Answer FAQs about the scoring process, average scores, timing and test taking strategies.
  • SAT (CollegeBoard): logon to register online for the SAT, prep for exam day and send score reports to TRiO UB@UB (8404) and colleges/universities
  • ACT: logon to register online for the ACT and prep for exam day
  • Power Prep: ACT strategies and ACT test tips of the day
  • Number 2: free SAT, ACT and vocabulary building resources; including "Word of the Day"
  • Flocabulary: Free music and video downloads that are fun and educational
  • FreeRice: Learn SAT vocabulary and feed the hungry. FreeRice is a non-profit website run by the United Nations World Food Programme.

FINANCIAL LITERACY

  • Are You a Teenage Money Genius?: Take this online quiz and find out! If you wind up not to be the genius you thought you were, you're in luck, check out the website and study until you become one! (NEFE and NCCEP)
  • Celebrity Financial Mistakes: What you don't know, can hurt you. Since the dawn of Hollywood, financial illiteracy has caused dramatic falls for some of America’s wealthiest and most famous names. But even as certain celebrities’ net worths tumble, their mistakes remain valuable – as lessons. Econ4U presents nine of the financial pitfalls that have caused many a celebrity to squander a massive fortune, and what you can do to avoid their money missteps. (CEEL)
  • Become a Fan on FaceBook: The NEFE High School Financial Planning Program teaches students nationwide the value of managing money through goal-setting, planning, saving, building creditworthiness, and managing risk.
  • Financial Football: Give your financial knowledge a workout with the new Financial Football, a fast-paced, NFL-themed video game. Test your money management skills by answering financial questions that allow you to move down the field and score touchdowns. Are you warmed up and ready to compete? (VISA). Not a football fan - then check out
  • Financial Soccer Credit Fairy Video: The key to improving your credit is to first understand it. This site contains a range of tools and resources—build your knowledge, and build your credit. (CBF, LCCR, Ad Council)
  • Hands on Banking: Learn how to pay for education beyond high school and how to become financially independent. (Wells Fargo)
  • Your Budget as a College Student: Use this calculator to help analyze your budget as a full-time student. This calculator is specifically designed to help students understand their expenses and income while attending a university, college or other full-time educational institution. This calculator allows you to input your expenses and income for an eight-month school year running from September through April. (AICPA)

APPLY FOR FINANCIAL AID

  • FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid official website (do not complete the FAFSA on a .com or fee based website - this application process is FREE)
  • PIN: you and your parent/guardian will need to apply for a pin to sign your electronic FAFSA Worksheet: complete the FAFSA on the web worksheet to get organized before you sit down at the computer to file electronically
  • FAFSA Video Clips: learn more about the definitions behind the technical terms associated with financial aid process
  • PHEAA: Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency
  • AES: American Education Services
  • PASFAA: Pennsylvania Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators - Learn more about college and financial aid resources with lists of helpful websites for planning your postsecondary degree.
  • NEFE: National Endowment for Financial Education - Learn a lot about managing your money and creating a financial plan with games, tools, calculators, many articles, and more.

SEARCH FOR SCHOLARSHIPS

  • Go College: Want some guidance on how to finance and succeed in college? Check out resources on college survival, financial aid, admissions, and education options.
  • FastWeb: Not only does this website aid students in choosing a college and paying for college, but it also helps in finding jobs and internships.
  • Black College Dollars: Scholarships for African American Students

RESEARCH MAJORS & CAREER PATHS

  • What Can I Do With This Major/Degree: from Accounting to Zoology and all those in between, this website explores tons of college majors and the possible career paths one might choose to follow upon graduation
  • Career Voyages O*Net: so you want to be a forensic scientist or an actuary - learn the day to day responsibilities behind professions and the recommended skills
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics: if you are a numbers person check out this site for projections about growth in the world of work
  • Occupational Outlook Quarterly: OOQ provides practical information on jobs and careers. Articles are written in non-technical language and cover a variety of career -related topics like new and emerging occupations, training opportunities, salaries, and results of studies from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

SEARCH FOR COLLEGES

  • Colleges of Pennsylvania Map: Download a map of all PA colleges and/or addresses for each institution.
  • Tour the 14 PASSHE Institutions: Take a virtual mini summary tour of our 14 state institutions.
  • Education Planner: Thinking about college, choosing a college, paying for college. Find the answers you need here. (AES)
  • College Grazing: College Grazing is your first step to successful college planning. All the resources you need are gathered in one convenient, safe, and easy-to-use place.
  • CollegeXpress: Explore over 4,000 colleges while discovering different careers and majors. This site also has applications for loans and scholarships.
  • College Net: Want to receive scholarship money for voicing your opinion? This site allows students to post discussions and cast and receive votes from each other. The more votes you get, the more points you receive. Points make you eligible to receive a scholarship!
  • College View: Search for colleges by name, location, area of study, state, or even by U.S region.
  • Petersons: Discover some of the best college and universities, articles, and resources to help you find the right school, contact admissions directors, excel on tests, and pay for college.
  • CampusTours: Search for colleges and view their, enrollment statistics, tuition, admission requirements, majors, sports, and more!
  • Adventures in Education: Valuable information on developing career goals, finding the right school, and financing your education.
  • First Generation Student:  A resource for those who are (or want to be) the first in their family to attend collage.  FirstGenerationStudent.com is one of the top resources for first generation college students online. Our content features writers from highly respected groups such as College Board and FinAid.org, and our popular blog offers insights from university presidents, founders of education non-profits, and first generation students themselves.  
  • KnowHow2GO: This website provides tips and steps to take in order to prepare yourself and get ready for college while still in high school.
  • The Common Application: This website makes the application process a bit easier by providing one common application for 350 different colleges and universities– online and in print –which you can submit to the colleges of your choice.

SUMMER OPPORTUNITIES... If you are not yet eligible to receive an invitation to the TRiO UB@BU Summer Academy, or you have younger siblings interested in a summer opportunity, please review some of the below options.

  • PFEW- Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week is an intensive program that educates high school students about the American free enterprise system held at Lycoming College and Penn Tech in Williamsport PA. Participants learn the in and outs of free enterprise businesses and create a simulated business and learn what it takes to keep their business up and running.
  • Susquehanna University Life Workshop The Leadership Institute for Entrepreneurship (LIFE) introduces students to finance, banking, stock, bonds, sales, advertising, trade, and effective collaboration. It is a week long summer program that helps students with interest in entrepreneurship see what a possible career would be like.
  • Susquehanna University High School Wind Ensemble Institute A summer program that allows 55 high school students who excel at woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments to come to the campuses highly regarded music program for the summer. The students are selected through audition and it is a week long residential campus that focuses on chamber music and symphony performances.
  • Susquehanna University Writers Workshop The Writers Workshop is open to experienced writers in 11th or 12th grade; it provides talented writers with the opportunity to work in small group workshops headed by nationally recognized authors. The participants are chosen based on teacher recommendations and portfolio submissions. Each applicant is required to submit 5-6 poems or 6-8 pages of fiction/creative non fiction.
  • Bloomsburg University QUEST This is an adventure based summer program for active children that wish to try new things. Some of the trips planned from this week range from the 50' climbing tower, to scavenger hunts, to 200' zip lines, to rafts on the Susquehanna. The cost is $180 dollars per student per week.
  • PA State Police Camp Cadet For children ages 12-15 the goal of Camp Cadet is to introduce participants to the diverse criminal justice system and establish a positive relationship with law enforcement personnel. Cadets are required to participate in all scheduled events. The camp focuses on discipline, self-esteem, teamwork, drug and alcohol education, violence prevention and many other issues facing today’s youth. The camp is at no cost to the participant.
  • Summer Honors Program for High School Students Indiana University of PA, Robert E. Cook Honors College's Summer Honors Program is a place where talented high school students come together for one to three weeks and form a community of scholars who explore academic and collegiate living in a real college setting.
  • LEAD Program Wharton University-University of Pennsylvania. Leadership, Education, and Development is a four-week program introducing minority high school students to key areas of business. First established at Wharton, reflecting a long-standing commitment to developing business leaders through business education, the LEAD program has become a nationwide initiative with programs at ten other universities.

CONTACT AN ALUMNI MENTOR Would talking to an alumnus currently working in your intended career path help in your career exploration process? Would emailing back and forth with an alumnus currently attending or a graduate from the college you are considering help you in your college decision making process? Alumni representing the following career paths and colleges have volunteered to make their contact information available to Bounders in search of a mentor. If you would like to be matched up with the alumnus in a specific field of interest, please email TRiO UB@BU for his/her contact information.