The clock is ticking! It's never too early to begin to plan for the 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 Student Assistance Commission brings you and your parents this information 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.

College Board
Mission-driven organization representing over 6,000 of the world’s leading colleges, schools, and other educational organizations.

Choosing a College

Gale Presents: Peterson's Test Prep
Find the colleges and universities of your dreams! Search through nearly 4,200 two- and four-year accredited schools and find your perfect fit.

College Navigator
Find a college based on majors offered, location, or type of school. From the National Center of Education Statistics.

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

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.


Test Prep

The ACT and SAT are two types of standardized tests, which help to gauge students readiness for college + University. In the state of IL, the SAT test is administered to juniors in public high schools.  Almost all universities will accept either test; check the university website to be sure.

Gale Presents: Peterson's Test Prep
There’s a reason why practice makes perfect. Prep for standardized tests, cram for an upcoming exam, or refresh your academic skills, all with Peterson’s award-winning educational content.

Gale Courses
Choose from over 300 highly interactive, instructor led courses that you can take entirely online. These classes include topics like SAT Test Prep, Algebra, Drawing, and Writing. As a library card holder in good standing, you are entitled to these courses at no cost. Courses run for six weeks and new sessions begin every month.

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 their website.

Learn more about the SAT test from College Board.

Take the libraries two part online test prep class for ACT and SAT with your library card by clicking below.

Scholarships and Grants

Peterson's Test and Career Prep
Undergraduate Scholarship Search and Financial Tools. Requires a Gail Borden Library card.

College Zone - Scholarships
Directory for Illinois and Federal scholarships. 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