The clock is ticking! It's never too early to begin to plan for you or your child's future.
Use the links below to review valuable information about preparing for college.

Planning for College
The U.S. Department of Education helps you learn why to go, what to do, and how to pay for college.+

Illinois Mentor
Illinois Student Assistance Commission brings you and your parents this guide to planning for college.

Mapping Your Future
An online guided tour to help you plan for the future, select a college, and choose a career.

Test Prep

Gale: Testing & Education Reference Center
Over 100 practice tests for the ACT, SAT, GRE and more. Requires a Gail Borden Library card.

SAT/ACT Essentials, powered by The Princeton Review on
Use the new test prep features on You must have a GBPLD library card and create a free account. Available from 4pm to 11pm 7 days a week.

Learn more about the ACT test from ACT.

ACT Exam Practice Tests
Use this free website to prepare for taking the ACT (American College Testing) exam.

College Board
Register online for the next SAT test date and get ready with official practice tests and questions.

Choosing a College

Gale: Testing & Education Reference Center
Begin planning your future by searching for the best colleges that fit who you are and what you're looking for. Requires a Gail Borden Library card.

Check out virtual tours, pick up touring tips, and request college view books and applications.
Useful information about public and private colleges and universities.

College Navigator
Fine a college based on majors offered, location, or type of school. From the National Center of Education Statistics.
A directory of college, university, and vocational school websites and addresses.

National Center for Educational Statistics
Statistics for more than 9,000 colleges and universities.

U.S. News & World Report: America's Best Colleges
This free online edition from U.S. News and World Report ranks over 1,800 colleges and universities by quality and value.

Financial Aid

Bright Start College Savings Program
Bright Start is Illinois' tax-advantaged Section 529 Plan that helps parents, grandparents, and relatives, save for a child's college education.

College Illinois
The Illinois prepaid tuition program allows families to lock in future tuition and fee costs at today's prices.

FAFSA on the Web
From the United States Department of Education, this website allows you to complete and submit an online version of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Federal School Code Search

FinAid! The SmartStudent Guide to Financial Aid
This comprehensive website sponsored by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) provides information about military aid, scholarships, grants, graduate school funds, tax benefits, and more.

The Student Guide
This online guide provides an overview of current federal financial aid programs from the United States Department of Education including Pell Grants, Stafford Loans, and PLUS Loans.

Scholarships and Grants

Gale: Testing & Education Reference Center
Undergraduate Scholarship Search and Financial Tools. Requires a Gail Borden Library card.

College Zone - Scholarships
Directory for Illinois and Federal scholarships.

Carpe Diem Foundation Scholarships
The Carpe Diem Foundation awards college scholarships to high school seniors and college students currently in their freshman, sophomore, or junior year.  Winners are selected based upon demonstrated leadership, community service, character, academics, and potential to improve the quality of human life. Scholarship Search
Complete an online questionnaire and this website will search its database of more than two thousand college scholarships, internships, and loan programs to help you find financial aid from non-college sources. Matches are based on your education level, talents, and background.