Lots of information about higher education choices can be found on college websites, Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites.
Here are some useful websites:
• nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator — A federal government site of the National Center for Education Statistics that includes cost, admissions and other statistics for every postsecondary school that participates in federal programs.
• collegecost.ed.gov — This site, the result of the federal Higher Education Opportunity Act, provides information on state spending and college costs.
• studentaid.ed.gov — A federal government site that explains federal loan and grant programs.
• fafsa.ed.gov — Provides an online form of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, which is the formal application for federal grants and loans. Also typically required by colleges for any need-based aid awarded by the institution.
• finaid.org — An online guide to financial aid.
• edtrust.org/issues/higher-education/college-results-online — Includes a tool comparing graduation rates of similar postsecondary schools.
• projectonstudentdebt.org — Lists average student debt levels for more than 1,000 postsecondary schools.
• securityoncampus.org — Nonprofit organization keeps a campus crime log and posts campus crime statistics.
• fastweb.com — Student scholarship search site.
• StudentScholarshipSearch.com — Student scholarship matching site.
• savingforcollege.com — Focuses on 529 savings plans.
• studentloanborrowerassistance.org — Resource for borrowers from the National Consumer Law Center.