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High School Graduation Planning:

Ohio's Graduation Requirements - This link will take you to the Ohio Department of Education's website.

College Admissions:

Below are links to admission applications for several colleges and universities. Pay attention to the different methods of applying that the school requires; some may use the Common App while others have their own process. These memberships are usually free.
For a more comprehensive list, visit our Pinterest page for colleges/universities in Ohio with their respective application sites.

College Success Websites:

TestPrep Help: – Free practice tests. – Free practice questions. – Free practice test sets.
Zero Hour Threat Game – Play an interactive game while studying for the ACT (it’s free, you just need to sign up!).
College Planning:
Choosing the Best College and College Life – Explore your options to find the perfect college fit.
College Board – Provides tools for planning for, finding, and applying to college. – Allows for online campus tours so that you can see what college life is really like through unique panoramic photographs. You can also view all kinds of college planning information about choosing a college, student financial aid, campus life, career exploration, student loans, scholarships and more.
Financial Aid:
Federal Student Aid – The FAFSA application link. – Learn how to fill the FAFSA and plan financially for college.
CFPB – Tools and resources to help future, current, and past students about the best decisions on student loans and financing. – Offers students information on scholarships, grants, loans, and other types of financial aid for free.
college-scholarships.comIncludes free college scholarship and financial aid searches, SAT/ACT test preparation tips, colleges/universities throughout the US, and online degree and online college programs. – 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.
IEFA – Stands for International Financial Aid and College Scholarship Search and is the premier resource for financial aid, college scholarship and grant information for US and international students wishing to study abroad. – Assists students and their families in finding college scholarships and to help them explore a variety of valuable financial aid opportunities.                                                                   – Employs a professional staff of data researchers to maintain an updated database of over 2.4 million scholarships worth more than $14.7 billion.                                                               
Scholarship Search Secrets – Explore top secrets for finding college scholarships at little or no cost to you except your time. You'll learn how to maximize your free financial aid with search engine tips and tricks, online resources, and personal branding to work for you and your college education.
Community Service: – Non-profit organization that uses a free website database to connect high school students with nonprofits to work together on community service projects. – Dedicated to helping people find great places to volunteer, and posts volunteer opportunities for 60,000 nonprofit organizations.
First-Generation College Students: – A series of tips for first generation college students.
Council for Opportunity in Education – A nonprofit organization dedicated to furthering the expansion of educational opportunities throughout the United States. Through its numerous membership services, the Council works in conjunction with colleges, universities, and agencies that host TRIO Programs to specifically help low-income students enter college and graduate.
Family Firsts: Parent Pamphlet – Helps parents of first generation students with supporting and sending their child to college.
First in the Family – A series of books and a website that contains stories of first generation college students’ journey from high school to college. Also contains several useful resources for organizing your own journey to college, such as planning checklists, financial aid resources, links to useful summer programs you can get involved in, as well as inspirational quotes.
Ohio Appalachian Center for Higher Education (OACHE) –The program unites colleges, universities, K–12 schools and the private sector to increase the Ohio Appalachian region’s college participation rate.