Where to Go on the Web for College Prep Info
Here are a few web sites I'd recommend you take a look at:
www.firstinthefamily.org is a web site aimed at first-generation college students (those who are or will be the first in their family to attend college). They have some terrific videos featuring interviews with first generation students talking about their college decisions and how they came to be where they are. The videos are probably good for ANYONE to see.
I’ve written before about the value of a college degree (search for “what’s a degree worth” at collegeanswerguy.com) but there are now a couple of new ways to quantify potential income, evaluate the amount of debt that would be appropriate for a student based on earning potential after college, and/or compare those figures based on attendance at different schools.
According to Sue Shellenbarger of the Wall Street Journal online (wsj.com) in her December 16, 2009 article Weighing the Value of That College Diploma the web site www.humancapitalscore.com “…will generate a 10-year range of students’ likely postgraduation income based on their test scores, high school and college attended, grades and major. And www.payscale.com/best-colleges “…offers general information on median salaries of actual grads by college, type of college, major and job.
The following are old standards you will want to visit for sure:
FAFSA web site - www.Fafsa.ed.gov – online site where students may submit the FAFSA. Remember, it will be processed more quickly if filed online than if the paper copy is submitted. Plus the online system is programmed to catch several common mistakes. The site provides a worksheet that is a preview of what you’ll be asked on the FAFSA, answers questions about dependency status, allows you to set up a pin number to simplify and expedite things for later, among many other things.
Occupational Outlook Handbook – www.bls.gov/oco/ - This is my favorite web site! It provides tons of specific information about possible careers. Straight from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this site provides unbiased historical data and projections about tons of careers and employment areas. Use it to investigate different careers and majors and NOT receive the biased information you sometimes receive from colleges and even professional organizations. Projections were just made public on careers between 2008 and 2018, so lots of good, new information is now available to help in determining what jobs are likely to be in demand when you get out of college.
Occupational Outlook Quarterly - http://www.bls.gov/opub/ooq/ooqhome.htm - Published four times a year (Winter 2009-10 issue reviews the newest employment projections from the Department of Labor, mentioned above). Great articles on specific career areas that are new or popular, like jobs in the auto racing industry, forensics, energy careers, video game development, etc. where less historical data is available or significant recent changes have taken place.
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