College & Career

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

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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. You can also contact your local ISACorps Member for help with the

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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.

Testing & Education Reference Center

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

Tutor.com

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

 

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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.

Illinois Career Information System

A part of the Illinois Department of Employment Security, this site provides tools for crafting resumes, searching for jobs, exploring occupation options, and finding training & education programs.

Path to Career Readiness

This library-designed program is a self-paced set of online and in-library activities designed to

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.

Testing & Education Reference Center 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: 

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:

  • This resource from the US Department of Education has details on every step of the FAFSA process
  • ISAC has a great Guide to the FAFSA for Illinois students
  • The FAFSA4caster (FAFSA Forecaster) helps you see what kind of aid to expect

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

Both the library's Testing & Education Reference Center and the Illinois Career Information System have tools for searching available scholarships by numerous criteria

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