This list of resources is provided to help inform families of options for college and some of the necessary elements of the college application process. If you have questions or need a deeper conversation, please contact one of the Albuquerque Academy college advisers. We are here to help you and your family understand and navigate the college application process.
There are many search tools available (some free and some not). Here are a sample of a few and some other ideas for researching colleges more in depth.
- Big Future
- Colleges That Change Lives
- Fiske Guide Online (a 12-month subscription costs $20) AND we have paperback copies in the office.
- NCES College Navigator
Search for specific programs, affinity groups, or activities at colleges using YouTube and Google, or social media favs like Facebook and Instagram.
The following platforms are the ones most commonly used by Albuquerque Academy students. Many colleges, especially large public universities, have their own applications that are not listed here.
To register for tests:
To access test prep materials:
- Method Test Prep
- Khan Academy Test Prep
For information about test scores in the college application process:
Planning how to finance a degree is an increasingly prominent part of the college application process. By becoming aware of the costs associated with college, your family is better positioned to incorporate educational costs into budgeting and savings plans.
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- College Scholarship Service (CSS Profile)
- Colleges That Require the CSS
- College Cost Estimator: MyinTuition
- Financial Aid Glossary – Not sure what a term relating to financial aid means? Look it up here.
- Western Undergraduate Exchange
Scholarships that are awarded for special skills, abilities, or accomplishments are called merit aid. Colleges have their own processes and deadlines for awarding merit aid to admitted students. Be sure to research the process at the colleges that interest you. The link below explains merit aid awards at the University of New Mexico.
The links listed below may assist you in finding scholarships awarded by organizations other than colleges.
- Fastweb Scholarship Search
- Going Merry Common Scholarship Application
- Albuquerque Community Foundation Scholarships
Some but not all college admissions offices have their own blogS, which can be a rich source of information and tips for applying. Here are a few to get you started.
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