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What do I do after High School?

Explore links to state and federal resources to help you prepare for life after high school. Includes dates and places for local SAT testing, updated annually.

 

Dates to know

FAFSA Deadlines

Indiana March 10, 2014
Federal June 30, 2014

Some colleges may also have earlier deadlines.

SAT Testing Dates

Click link for alternate sites registration deadlines (typically a month before the test date), and online registration.
Rensselaer -- Dec 7, 2013 / May 3, 2014
Kankakee Valley -- June 7, 2014

Choosing A School

Index of American Universities Maintained by the University of Florida.

America's Best Colleges U.S. News & World Report's Annual Rankings.

Indiana Colleges (50states.com) Includes technical and 2-year schools.

College Navigator Search for just the program you want with this interactive tool from the National Center for Education Statistics

Entrance & Placement Testing

SAT Online Registration Official site of the SAT and PSAT, Collegeboard.com.

ACT Online Registration Official site of the ACT.

ASVAB Online Registration Official site of the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery.

Test Help

Learning Express Library Full length practice tests, interactive courses and practice exercises for a wide range of graduate, pre-college and civil service aptitude tests. Requires JCPL Library Card or access from library.

Kaplan Browse and purchase test prep materials from this nationally-recognized educational vendor.

TASC - read more about the new test for the Indiana High School Equivalency Diploma in our FAQ

Paying for Education

Jasper County Scholarship Opportunities Provided by the Jasper Foundation county-based charitable clearinghouse. Under Jasper County, click on Scholarship Opportunities in menu on the left.

StudentAid.ed.gov This website by the U.S. Department of Education offers answers for some of the big questions facing students interested in college today.

College Preparation Checklists How to prepare academically and financially for college through "to-do" lists for every age. Aimed at elementary school students and their parents through adult students attending college for the first time or returning.

FAFSA Free Application for Federal Student Aid, required by most colleges regardless of payment strategy. Forms and step-by-step instructions.

FinAid Award-winning and friendly guide to financial aid, including scholarship, loans, military aid and savings plans.

Estimated Financial Need (FAFSA) See how much you will be expected to pay towards college.

Financial Aid Calculators (FinAid) Calculate loan repayment schedules and more.

Fastweb Scholarship search engine, associated with Monster.com.

For Hoosiers Only

Indiana's Cash for College Links to financial help, scholarships and more.

College Goal Sunday Statewide help day each February for families planning college for the fall.

SSACI State Student Assitance Commission of Indiana, state financial aid agency for secondary education.

Timelines - Advice - Planning

Financial Aid Timeline Plan your year with this guide from Indiana's Learn More Resource Center, state-funded program to help more Hoosiers reach college.

College Planning Calendar Chase Bank offers guides and frequently asked questions about student loans.

Books at the JCPL Libraries

Books about scholarships

SAT Preparation Books

Other Test Preparation Books