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

Studentaid.ed.gov
The U.S. Department of Education helps you learn why to go, what to do, and how to pay for college.

ISAC
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.

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.

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.

Career Transitions
Browse career interests, find schools, write a resume, and simulate an interview.  Log in below with your GBPL library card.

Financial Aid

FAFSA Assistance
Individual appointments can be made with Librarian Melissa Lane. Melissa has many years of experience working with students and parents on topics such as finding the right college fit, editing college admissions essays, scholarship searches, and filing the FAFSA application. The FAFSA application is required by almost all colleges and universities, and is the gateway to grants and loans for college students. Have questions? She has answers! Contact Melissa at mlane@gailborden.info or 847-289-5837.

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: Testing & Education Reference Center
Take the library provided online test prep clas for ACT or SAT.  Log in below with your GBPL library card.

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 Tutor.com
Use the new test prep features on Tutor.com. You must have a GBPLD library card and create a free Tutor.com account. Available from 4pm to 11pm 7 days a week.

ACT
Learn more about the ACT test from their website.

SAT
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

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.

Collegeboard.com 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