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AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN-ILLINOIS
https://www.aauw.org/
From the web site: "The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is the nation’s leading voice promoting equity and education for women and girls. Since our founding in 1881, AAUW members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political." 

BRAVEN - HELPING STUDENTS FROM COLLEGE TO CAREERS
https://bebraven.org/model-and-impact/
From the web site: "The mission of Braven, founded in 2014, is to empower promising, underrepresented young people—first-generation college students, students from low-income backgrounds, and students of color—with the skills, confidence, experiences and networks necessary to transition from college to strong first jobs, which lead to meaningful careers and lives of impact." Operates in Chicago, Newark and the Bay Area.

CITY COLLEGES OF CHICAGO - FINANCIAL AID TIPS
https://www.ccc.edu/menu/Pages/Ways-to-pay-for-your-education.aspx
Browse the web site of City Colleges of Chicago for drop down menus of how to apply, scholarship opportunities, course schedules at the various colleges in the CCC network, etc.  This links points to information about financing a college education.

COLLEGE BOARD - BIG FUTURE COLLEGE PLANNING
https://www.collegeboard.org/?student=
From the web site: "Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success — including the SAT and the Advanced Placement Program. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators and schools."  Use the resources at the Big Future page to help plan for your college future.

COLLEGE CHOICE - RESOURCES TO HELP YOU PICK THE RIGHT COLLEGE
https://www.collegechoice.net/
From the website: "College Choice offers numerous free online resources to help you in your college search, including our unique student-centered college rankings, admissions advice, scholarship and financial aid information, and much much more."  

COLLEGE PROMISE CAREERS INSTITUTE
https://www.collegepromise.org/
From the website: "We are a national, non-partisan, non-profit initiative that builds broad public support for funding the first two or more years of postsecondary education for hard-working students, and ensuring those students have access to quality educational opportunities and supports.  Use the mypromisetool.org interactive map to find College Promise programs anywhere in the USA.

COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP IDEAS - BLOG
http://www.collegescholarships.org/blog/category/scholarships/
This blog can stimulate thinking among students seeking money for college.

COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP RESOURCE - FASTWEB
https://www.fastweb.com/
From the web site: "Fastweb is the premier online resource for paying and preparing for college. Fastweb members are matched to relevant scholarship opportunities completely free of charge. With roughly 1.5 million scholarships worth more than $3.4 billion, there are scholarships for every student’s educational goals, activities and interests.  Additionally, Fastweb members can depend on us for insider financial aid tips, advice on high school and college life, as well as job and internship matches in their area.

COMPLETE GUIDE TO ACCREDITED ONLINE COLLEGES
https://www.onlinecolleges.org/
From the web site: "Online Colleges is a nonprofit resource for students considering  attending an online college. It gives students the most comprehensive  and unbiased list of online colleges and universities on the web. Students can use this for a more  educated choice about where they want to go to college. Linking directly  to the college, this site also gives an overview of its distance education, and  list its accreditation data."

DEALING WITH STUDENT LOAN DEBT?
http://www.ibrinfo.org/index.php
This is a web site that can help people dealing with high levels of student loan debt.

KnowHow2GO - COLLEGE SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS
http://knowhow2go.acenet.edu/
From the web site: "KnowHow2GO is a campaign designed to encourage students and veterans to prepare for college. Explore the site to learn more about the steps you need to take to be college-ready."

LET'S GET READY - COLLEGE ACCESS PROGRAMS
https://letsgetready.org/
From the web site: "Let's Get Ready expands access to college in America by mobilizing, equipping, and empowering a movement of college students helping high school students get to college. Through a network of campus and community-based chapters, Let's Get Ready's trained college student volunteers provide disadvantaged students with intensive SAT preparation, college advising, and the powerfully relevant role-models and mentors they need to succeed."

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF INDEPENDENT UNIVERSITIES - BUILDING BLOCKS TO 2020
https://www.naicu.edu/special_initiatives/2020
From the web site: "This website features hundreds of programs at private colleges and universities nationally to expand access to college and ensure degree completion." 

OPENLY LICENSED COLLEGE TEXTBOOK - OPENSTAX
https://openstax.org/about
From the web site: "OpenStax is a nonprofit based at Rice University, and it’s our mission to improve student access to education. Our first openly licensed college textbook was published in 2012, and our library since scaled to more than 20 books for college and AP courses used by hundreds of thousands of students. Our adaptive learning technology, designed to improve learning outcomes through personalized educational paths, is being piloted in college courses across the country. Through our partnerships with philanthropic foundations and our alliance with other educational resource companies, OpenStax is breaking down the most common barriers to learning and empowering students and instructors to succeed."

PEER FORWARD (WAS COLLEGE SUMMIT)
https://www.peerforward.org/about-us/
From the web site: "PeerForward’s mission is to unleash the power of positive peer influence to transform the lives of youth living in low-income communities by connecting them to college and careers. Formerly known as College Summit, we began as a single workshop in the basement of a Washington, D.C. community center. The goal was to help students capture their stories in personal essays that could be used for college applications. From that single workshop, more than two decades ago, founders J.B. Schramm, Keith Frome, and Derek Canty built a national organization that has guided more than 350,000 students across the nation to higher education." 

PLANNING YOUR CAREER - RESOURCE
https://www.learnhowtobecome.org/
The Learn How to Become.org web site can be a useful tool for  youth (or adults) to use to plan for a career.  Browse the site and share it with others.

PRIVATE STUDENT LOANS GUIDE – ELIGIBILITY, COSTS, BEST REPAYMENT, & WARNINGS
https://lendedu.com/blog/the-student-loan-report-merges-with-lendedu/
If you're planning for college, and the costs associated with it, this article offers an in-depth review of some of the things you need to know about student loans.

RESEARCH IN EDUCATION - ISSUES DRIVING HIGHER EDUCATION
https://www.bestcolleges.com/research/
This is the research page of a website that provides information about colleges and higher education.  The page says "The field of education is surrounded by many heated debates and complex conversation on issues crucial to its success. Through our Thought Leadership Galleries and Annual Educational Trends Reports we strive to engage these topics in an original way, blending proprietary research, op-ed content, expert panels, and resource collections."

SCHOLARSHIP AMERICA
https://scholarshipamerica.org/
From the web site: "Scholarship America's mission is to mobilize America, through scholarships and educational support, to make postsecondary success possible for all students." Visit the web site to see work that has been done since the 1960s and to learn if your student is can qualify for these scholarship funds. 

START A CAREER WORKING WITH CHILDREN - MAP A PATH
https://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/college-resource-center/degrees-working-with-children/
This link points to a page that shows many careers working with children that you might aspire to and the college path that leads you there.

THE CENTER FOR COLLEGE ACCESS AND STUDENT SUCCESS AT NORTHEASTERN ILLINOIS U.
http://www.centerforcollegeaccessandsuccess.org/
From the web site: "The Center for College Access and Success at Northeastern Illinois University develops collaborative partnerships that engage entire communities to help students succeed both academically and socially. Founded in 1978, we are an innovator in creating model programs that translate visions for school improvement into concrete action. As an academic educational center of Northeastern Illinois University, we are in a unique position to respond to the needs of these communities."

TRIO EDUCATION PROGRAMS AT UIC
https://trio.uic.edu/
From the web site: "The TRIO Upward Bound (UB) and Student Support Services (SSS) Programs are two of eight TRIO Programs that are federally funded by the U.S. Department of Education.  The programs seek to increase the rate of students who complete secondary school and enroll in and graduate from a postsecondary institution."

 
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