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ACT Financial Aid Estimator (www.act.org/fane) - The Financial Aid Need Estimator allows you to calculate both your family contribution and costs at specific institutions

National Architectural Accrediting Board (www.naab.org) - College Architecture Programs

College Confidential (www.collegeconfidential.com) - Comprehensive site guides you through the entire process from researching colleges to getting in and paying for them.

50 States (http://www.50states.com/college/) - A listing of every college and university by state.

College University Rankings (www.library.uiuc.edu/edx/rankings.htm) - For many years, various bodies have undertaken statistical and reputational rankings of colleges and attempted to provide information to prospective students. At this site, you will find links to many ranking services, along with cautionary notes and a discussion of the ongoing controversy over rankings.

Campus Tours (www.campustours.com) - provides online tours, pictures, and interactive maps of college campuses. 

Collegezone (www.collegezone.com) - a great site run by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission.  Contains tuition information, scholarship information, online applications, and a state and federal aid estimator. 

Culinary Schools (www.culinaryed.com)

Illinois Vocational and Trade Schools (http://www.rwm.org/rwm/tf_ill.html)

Illinois Board of Higher Education - Search tool for academic degree programs in Illinois.

Peterson's (www.petersons.com) - We've compiled search tools for some of the best colleges and universities, articles, and resources to help you find the right school, contact admissions officials instantly, excel on tests, and pay for college.

Princeton Review (www.princetonreview.com) - A website with college and career information.

College and University Rankings (http://www.library.uiuc.edu/edx/rankings.htm) - The University of Illinois keeps listings of statistical and reputational rankings.  Increasingly, the importance and validity of college rankings is a hotly debated issue. Many universities, including highly ranked ones, are beginning to question both the data and methods used by some ranking services. Of special concern are the aspects of the rankings which deal with the difficult to measure concept of institutional reputation. At this site, you will find links to many ranking services, along with cautionary notes and a discussion of the ongoing controversy over rankings.

College Atlas - Rankings, acceptance rates, majors, articles, etc.

Medical Assistant Schools in Illinois (http://www.medicalassistantschools.com/states/illinois/) - Illinois has nearly 20 schools with medical assisting programs. Most of them are accredited. Students interested in finding scholarships can check with the Illinois Society of Medial Assistants, which can help find applications for nationally available awards.

Illinois Criminal Justice Degree Programs (http://www.criminaljusticeprograms.com/states/illinois/) - Illinois colleges and universities offer well-conceived, modern curricula focused on criminal law, institutions, and the administration of justice. Students will study crime, the impact on society, victims, and organizations that seek to prevent crime and rehabilitate criminals. Students can choose interdisciplinary fields such as forensic science and criminal psychology.

Illinois Nursing Schools (http://www.bestnursingdegree.com/states/illinois/) - With nearly 100 nursing schools to choose from, nursing students looking at Illinois can find the program that’s right for them. Scholarship opportunities abound too, including some established by the state to entice students into the field..

Illinois Psychology Programs (http://www.onlinepsychologydegrees.com/states/illinois/) - The Illinois Monetary Award Program, the Merit Recognition Scholarship and the Illinois Dollars for Scholars are just three possible resources for financial aid for your psychology education. Be sure to check individual scholarships offered by specific schools in Illinois as well.

Illinois Bachelor's in Education Programs (http://www.educationdegree.com/programs/bachelors-in-education/illinois/) - If you are passionate about molding young minds and shaping the world with the power of teaching, Illinois is an excellent state to begin your journey. Teaching is not just a job; it is a rewarding and challenging profession that will provide many opportunities. As one of the best states for teachers, Illinois continues to support and promote the academic excellence of educators and students.

College Navigator - The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education in the U.S. and other nations. NCES is located within the U.S. Department of Education and the Institute of Education Sciences. NCES fulfills a Congressional mandate to collect, collate, analyze, and report complete statistics on the condition of American education; conduct and publish reports; and review and report on education activities internationally.

College View - College View is a Hobsons' premier Web site for student and parents searching for college-related information. CollegeView contains hundreds of articles pertaining to the college planning process, along with over 4,000 college-specific information pages. Students and families can also use our leading college search tool, SuperMatch, to search for and find colleges that match their interests and needs.

WELLS FARGO CollegeSTEPS® Program - Students and parents can both sign up for our CollegeSTEPS program to stay on track with college planning. You’ll receive emails on topics like study tips, financial aid, and campus visits



GO COLLEGE! NOW - Resources designed for first generation college students, as well as the educators and organizations who support them. Visit the website to see the award winning First Generation film and learn how you can take the pledge to help more students become the first in their families to go to college.