College and Financial Aid

AP:  Official Test Preparation
The College Board allows you to hone your essay-writing and problem-solving skills by practicing with previously administered free-response questions.

PSAT/NMSQT:  Official Test Preparation
The College Board offers free sample practice questions for the PSAT/NMAQT exam.

SAT:  Practice
The College Board offers free practice questions and a review of the essay on the New SAT.  An official, free, full-length practice test is also available for download when you sign up for free registration.

Peterson’s
Peterson’s offers information and a few test question examples for most of the academic tests given via the quick links menu on the left of the page. There are also online practice tests offered for a fee.

BigFuture by the College Board
Gets you started planning for college, finding the right college for you, exploring career options, figuring out how to pay for it and how to get in.

U.S. News: College Rankings
Get rankings of 1,600 schools, use their tools to search for your perfect fit and find details on scholarships, loans, and grants.

PHEAA
The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency offers a wide range of services, from general financial aid advice, to FAFSA and loan application assistance, to directly awarding grant money to qualifying PA residents.

Fastweb
This is probably the most well-known scholarship database on the Internet.  Register an account and Fastweb can search its database for you, notifying you when it finds awards that match your profile. It includes aid for graduate students, as well as internship and employment opportunities.

FinAid
FinAid is published by the makers of FastWeb.  It’s a thorough, free resource that can answer nearly any question a student might have about loans, scholarships, tuition savings plans, and other forms of aid.  And if you can’t find what you’re looking for on their site, you can contact them directly.