College & Career

Graduation caps

Connect with library materials, community organizations, and online resources to practice for tests, explore career options, search for educational programs, and more.

Contact Hub staff for more information or if you need help with resources at 847-506-2669 or email

iPad and books

Our Favorite Websites

These are our two of our favorite resources for College & Career information.

Illinois Student Assistance Commission

Offered by the State of Illinois, ISAC supports the high school transition to college. Find resources and support for every step of the process, from investigating career paths to finding colleges or trade schools to paying for school to helping you succeed in whatever program you choose.

Illinois Career Information System

A part of the Illinois Department of

Photo os Tenn Services staff member holding large stack of test preparation materials

Test Prep

Studying for a big test? Check out these library resources with test prep tools and practice tests.

Gale Courses

In-depth, instructor-led, 6-week classes on numerous subjects, including two different SAT/ACT Prep Courses.

Peterson's Test Prep

Prep guides and practice tests for AP, ACT, SAT tests, and more.

In addition to one-on-one tutors, find prep guides and practice tests for AP, ACT, SAT tests, and more.

ACT Academy

Quizzes, videos, and practice tests to help you prepare


Career Readiness

These resources will help you build career skills, explore career paths, and perfect your resume so you can land that dream career or summer job.

Apprenticeship Finder

This resource from the U.S. Department of Labor will help you discover available apprenticeships to earn paid, relevant workplace experience while acquiring the skills and credentials for your career.

Illinois Career Information System

A part of the Illinois Department of Employment Security, this site provides tools for crafting resumes

College Knowledge

Choosing a College

College Navigator from the US Department of Education will search for colleges and universities by degree types offered, location, test scores, athletics, and more.

College Scorecard from the US Department of Education will tell you the average cost of a school, graduation rates, test score requirements, and other important information.

Illinois Career Information System has tools to search associate, undergraduate, and graduate programs by areas of study, location, size, and other criteria.

Peterson's Test Prep has tools to search undergraduate, distance learning, and nursing programs.

Virtual Campus Tours are available for free at hundreds of college campuses with these sites: 

Find slides from our February 2022 program Get the Most from Your College Visit.


Paying for College

How and When to Apply for Financial Aid from ISAC is a great first stop in the financial aid process, and includes a schedule fo when to complete certain steps, explanation of important terms, and more.

All college applicants and students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) every year. Find more info here:

Illinois and Federal Financial Aid Programs is a list created by ISAC to explore even more funding options beyond the FAFSA

This Financial Aid Comparison Worksheet from ISAC will help you compare your final cost for school after being accepted and learning your financial aid awards from multiple schools


Both the library's Peterson's Test Prep and the Illinois Career Information System have tools for searching available scholarships by numerous criteria

Search for available grants and scholarships in Grants for Individuals. From Candid (formerly The Foundation Center) This database accessible only from within the library.

Find slides from our program College Knowledge: All About Scholarships here


College Experts

You can also contact your local ISACorps Member from the Illinois Student Assistance Commission for help with selecting and applying to college, scholarship searches, FAFSA completion, and student financial aid. Contact them for free one-on-one assistance.

Joseph Doner
(847) 894-7508

Upcoming ISAC Event Calendar


Area high schools have dedicated college counselors to support students in the college search and admission processes.

Buffalo Grove High School - Admissions Fast Facts

John Hersey High School - Admissions Fast Facts

Prospect High School - Admissions Fast Facts

Rolling Meadows High School - Admissions Fast Facts

Saint Viator High School

District 214 has College & Career events that are open to all high school students. If you do not attend a District 214 High School, please contact Kara Fisher about attending any of these events.

District 214 College & Career Event Calendar