College & Career


Our mission is to help students … understand what it takes to land their perfect career, from picking the right school all the way to climbing the company ladder.
Information about careers and career planning, including a wide range of tools from a certification finder to a financial aid advisor to a skills profiler.
A free, career exploration and planning system designed especially for New York State students. Includes information on hundreds of careers, college and financial aid options, creating resumes, finding jobs, and much more.
Mapping Your Future
A national collaborative, public-service organization of the financial aid industry … to provide free college, career, financial aid, and financial literacy services for students, families, and schools.
Monster: Career Advice
Information about various fields, making resumes, applying for jobs, etc.
My Next Move
An interactive tool for job seekers and students to learn more about their career options. My Next Move has tasks, skills, salary information, and more for over 900 different careers.
National Career Development Association: Internet Sites for Career Planning
Offers a listing of free, current, and credible resources. Designed for career counselors but with useful information for anyone interested in the topic.
New York State Department of Labor
We help New Yorkers find the careers they will love by connecting them to employment, training, and up-skilling opportunities. Includes sections on Jobs and Careers and for Youth.
NY State Dept. of Labor: JobZone
Create your free account to: Build and store resumes, Explore occupations, Identify your strengths, skills and talents, Search education and training databases.
Helping you with your next step in college, career and life planning.
O*NET Online
Fast-loading, easy-to-use guide to occupations, and finding which one is for you.
Occupational Outlook Handbook
Nationally recognized source of career information, designed to provide valuable assistance to individuals making decisions about their future work lives.
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Find facts about wages, occupations, the economy, and more. The K12 section has games and quizzes, resources, and information specifically for students in elementary and high school.
U.S. News: Careers
Information on job searching, career outlooks, internships, applying for jobs, interviewing, and related topics.

College Selection

College and career resources, with an emphasis on college rankings by type and online college programs.
Best Value Schools
Our rankings explore multiple categories to help you find the most valuable college experience. Compare the best schools by the attributes that matter to you.
Campus Explorer
Whether it’s a two- or four-year school, a career college or an online program, we have figured out everything from tuition to average temperature. We also have a personalized search function that allows you to set your wish list and explore from there.
College Navigator
The National Center for Education Statistics offers a site allowing you to refine your search by multiple criteria.
College Scorecard
Search and compare colleges: their fields of study, costs, admissions, results, and more.
Forbes America’s Top Colleges
Forbes looks at which schools give the best return on investment as well as what kind of students they educate and whether they make themselves accessible to those who can’t afford high sticker prices.
Peterson’s College Search Tool
Search or broswe for schools matching your interests.
Princeton Review: Best Colleges
[W]e surveyed … students from across the country and looked back at our ranking lists from the past to find those schools consistently recognized for things like financial aid, career services, and great food. Find out if your dream school made one of our 26 Great Lists.
Trade Schools, Colleges, and Universities are experts at helping you find an academic or vocational program designed to prepare you for the career you’ve been dreaming about. You can even locate one that helps you advance in your existing career.
US News: Education
Articles, advice, rankings, and tools for students looking at for the best colleges, community colleges, best value schools, and other related information.

College Admissions, College Life

Budgeting for College Students
When budgeting in college, students need to factor in more than just tuition. Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of a college student budget, what line items to include in a budget, and tips on how to stick to a budget.
College Basics
Topics from choosing a college through the application process and financial aid.
The College Board
This site offers services from the College Board involving admissions, placement, financial aid (scholarship search), and college and career searches.
College Confidential
Here you’ll find hundreds of pages of articles about choosing a college, getting into the college you want, how to pay for it, and much more. You’ll also find the Web’s busiest discussion community related to college admissions, and our CampusVibe section!
The Common Application
Hundreds of schools accept this common application; many allow online filing of the forms as well.
Crash Course: How to College
This 15 episode series …. breaks down how to apply for, succeed at, and graduate from college. Crash Course also offers other videos in their Study Hall series with Playlists aimed at helping you with resources to navigate college and your education path.
How to Apply to College: The Ultimate Guide
There are many factors to consider when heading to college. This guide details how to apply to college step by step, including tips for college application essays, completing the Common App, finding financial aid, and college interview success.
Khan Academy – College Admissions
Get tips on how to prep for your admissions interview, help brainstorming for your college essay, and advice on asking your teachers for letters of recommendation. Whatever stage of the application process you’re in, we’ve got you covered.
NextStepU is a personalized resource for students, parents and counselors to find information about pursuing a career, joining the military, applying to and attending a two-year or four-year college or university and developing essential life skills.
Princeton Review: College
Search college databases, find information about the SAT, the PSAT, and ACT exams, examine financial aid, and peruse links to other sites.
Transitioning to College
This guide provides information about the changes you will face during the transition from high school to college. You will find general information about college and how college differs from high school, but the focus of this guide is on college libraries as an academic support service, college level research expectations, and the research process.
University HQ
This site offers information about degrees, colleges, college rankings, Catholic colleges, financial aid, and other related information.

Catholic Colleges

Best Colleges: Best Online Catholic Colleges
Short descriptions with links to more detailed profiles of some of the most prestigious Catholic schools in the U.S. which offer online degree options.
College Consensus: Best Catholic Colleges & Universities
The College Consensus ranking of the Best Catholic Colleges & Universities is comprehensive by design, bringing the results of the most trusted ranking publishers together with the most reputable student review sites.
The National Catholic College Admission Association
Lists Catholic colleges in the United States with searching by various criteria, and information about preparing for college, financial aid, college search tips, etc.
Niche: Best Catholic Colleges in America
Based on key statistics and student reviews using data from the U.S. Department of Education. The top-ranked Catholic colleges are leading academic institutions that offer students an education and college experience rooted in Catholic traditions and faith.
US News: Explore the Highest-Ranked Catholic Universities
From U.S. News, based on their annual round-up of college rankings.

Online Colleges

Affordable Colleges Online
We can help students and parents identify colleges, degree programs, scholarship opportunities and more that fit their respective academic and financial wants and needs. Includes online colleges by state and major, and financial aid information for minorities, women, students with disabilities, and everyone.
College and career resources, with an emphasis on college rankings by type and online college programs.
Best Online Colleges connects prospective students directly to online colleges and universities.
OEDb: Open Education Database
OEDb is a comprehensive online education directory for both free and for-credit learning options. We offer up-to-date, detailed program information from accredited online colleges, along with a categorized list of over 8,000 free online college courses from well-known universities.

Financial Aid

Scam Avoidance
* Avoiding Student Aid Scams
* How to Avoid Scholarship and Financial Aid Scams
* Scholarship Scams
Check these sites out *before* looking at scholarship information anywhere else! They have valuable information about fraudulent scholarship search services and how to avoid them.

Federal Student Aid

Federal Student Aid
The office of Federal Student Aid provides publications, fact sheets, online tools, and other resources to help you prepare and pay for college or career school.
Federal Student Aid: Complete the FAFSA® Form
This is the section of the Federal Student Aid site where you apply for a federal student aid. You can complete the form online or download a PDF copy to mail in.
Federal Student Aid Estimator
Before you complete the FAFSA form, the Federal Student Aid Estimator can help you understand your options to pay for college or career school by providing an early estimate of your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and eligibility for federal student aid.
Federal Student Aid – Resources
This page offers a list of links to fact sheets, videos, and other informational documents.
11 Common FAFSA Mistakes That Can Cost You Money
The FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid, isn’t difficult to fill out, but it is long. And certain mistakes or errors in your information could hurt your eligibility for financial aid.

Other Student Aid Services & Scholarship Information

Affordable Colleges Online: Resources & Scholarships for Catholic College Students
This page introduces scholarships and grants for Catholic students and offers religious student resources and information about resource centers for Catholic students. There is also more general information in a Resource Center for all students.
Best Colleges: Student Finance
Information on budgeting, saving, Financial Aid, Loans, aid for Students of Color and Students with Disabilities, and related topics. hosts targeted scholarships, fellowships, and grants, to bring donors and applicants together.
CareerOneStop: Scholarship Finder
Search more than 8,000 scholarships, fellowships, grants, and other financial aid award opportunities. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.
College Board: Pay for College: College Costs
Information from the College Board about financial aid, scholarships, loans, and so on. Check the Search for Scholarships for scholarships and other financial aid from more than 6,000 programs.
CSS Profile
The CSS Profile is an online application that collects information used by nearly 400 colleges and scholarship programs to award non-federal aid. Only certain colleges require that students complete the CSS Profile.
Access over 1.5 million scholarships to help you pay for college Requires free registration.
Financial aid helps students and their families pay for college. It can cover a range of educational expenses, like tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, and transportation. Includes FAQs, links to sites, calculators, FAFSA guide, and more.
Financial Aid Glossary: Terms You Need to Know
Here, you will find everything from very simple terms and concepts to the nitty gritty of the process.
NerdWallet: Guide to College Grants and Scholarships
Our guide begins by addressing the difference between grants and scholarships. We’ll then review the various types of college grants and how much of your overall financial aid package grants are likely to be. Finally, we’ll walk you through the application process.
New York Student Loans
This guide will cover New York student loan options from the federal government and private lenders.
NYS Higher Education Services Corporation
The Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) is New York State’s higher education student financial aid agency. A must-see site for New York students seeking loans or scholarships.
Peterson’s Scholarship Search Engine
Peterson’s search tool lets you filter available scholarships by school type, ethnicity, gender, field of study, state of residence, award type, and more!
Scholarship Resume: Template, Examples and How to List
A scholarship resume template that will get you the money. Prepare your resume for scholarship quickly and effortlessly. Follow expert hints. Learn from good vs. bad examples.
Sallie Mae: College Planning Tools
Use these tools and calculators to help you plan and pay for college.
Scholarship America
Scholarship information, planning, news, and tips.
Student’s Guide to Financial Aid
Funding sources vary based on a student’s unique needs, where they are in life, what field they study, and what makes the most sense for them. The goal of this guide is to walk degree seekers through options to find which sources best suit their needs.
Time for Payback
This isn’t a financial aid site but rather a student finance site which uses a game-like format to walk you through going to college and dealing with finances and debt from the big school costs to meal plans and extras.
Fill out a profile to be matched, or search through 1,000’s of scholarships in all different types of categories. Find fun, unusual, academic, need based scholarships and more!
U.S. Department of Education: Funding
This page links to information on grants and loans available via the Department of Education.
U.S. News & World Report: Paying for College
Paying for college can be one of the toughest parts of earning your degree—but it doesn’t have to be. Use our tips, tools, and articles to stay up to date on the best ways to pay for college, including scholarships, savings, grants, loans, and more.

Religious Vocations

Catholic Online: Vocations
Articles, videos, news, prayers, and links to further resources for those interested in religious vocations.
A Guide to Religious Ministries
This site offers a directory of Catholic men’s and women’s communities in the United States. The Guide explains the nature of a religious vocation, the steps involved in entering the religious life and a description of the ministries engaged in by priests, brothers, sisters and lay people.
Syracuse Diocese: Office of Vocation Promotion
Information for young men considering entering the priesthood and on religious communities for men and women.
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops – Vocations
The USCCB is pleased to highlight various ways that vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life can be promoted by featuring resources that are currently used by archdioceses and dioceses throughout the United States, or available through various organizations. Visit our page for prayers and readings that the USCCB offers to assist you in the discernment process.
Vision Vocation Network
VISION Vocation guide is a print, online, and digital resource for those interested in entering religious life. Services available here include Vocation Match, articles on vocation discernment, and online access to the annual Vision Vocation Guide.
Vocation Ministry: Resources
Information on how to tell what sort of vocation you might be called to, with links and information for men and women on topics including the priesthood, religious orders, and married life.


Become: Resume Guide
This guide explores the ins and outs of creating successful application materials for your field of employment, delving into how to format, sequence, organize, review, and submit resumes and cover letters that won’t end up on the bottom of a recruiter’s pile.
HLoom: Free Microsoft Word Templates and Services
Templates, examples, and information on how to write resumes and cover letters.
Build Resume Online in Minutes with Free Resume Builder.
Visual CV
Build and manage a more engaging Internet based resume. Combine audio, video and a digital career portfolio – all on a single Web page.
Zety is a site devoted to career help, including how to write resumes and cover letters, how to do well in job interviews, and the job search process.
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