POSTSECONDARY PLANNING

Updated May 2018: View the Guidance Department's College and Financial AId Presentation slide show and notes here.

COLLEGE SEARCH AND APPLICATIONS:

Big Future - College Board's free planning and search site, used with Baxter students (grades 9-12) and families. The in depth college search feature is especially useful. 

Common Application - Over 700 colleges and universities accept this undergraduate admissions application.  Students can create an account at any time.  The Common App site also includes helpful information about planning and paying for college.  We also created some specific instructions for selecting deadlines and inviting recommenders that students should review here.

Benefits and drawbacks of applying early are explored in this College Board document.  

Visiting a school? This college visit checklist helps you make plans and use your time wisely.  

TESTING:

SATs - Learn more about and register for the SAT.  Note: Juniors take the SAT at Baxter in April.  They do not have to register or pay for this test.  

Khan Academy offers free SAT prep as a stand alone unit or tied to a student's PSAT scores.  Learn more here.

ACTs - Learn more about and register for the ACT.

FairTest complies and shares a list of test optional schools.

FINANCIAL AID:

Scholarship List - Baxter's list, regularly updated during the winter and spring.  This document lists local and national scholarships brought to our attention.  

FAFSA - The FREE application for Federal Student Aid . You must fill out a FAFSA to qualify for financial aid.  The form can be filled out starting Oct. 1 each year for the following academic year.  

Finance Authority of Maine - From the FAME website: "FAME works for Maine students and familiesadult and returning studentsmilitary families and college students." This site offers a great deal of information to help students and families learn more about different types of financial aid, what to expect in the application and award process, and how to interpret financial aid packages.  You can also contact them directly for more information.

Net Price Calculators (from the US Dept of Education Net Price Calculator Center)

"Net Price is the amount that a student pays to attend an institution in a single academic year AFTER subtracting scholarships and grants the student receives. Scholarships and grants are forms of financial aid that a student does not have to pay back.

Net price calculators are available on a college’s or university’s website and allow prospective students to enter information about themselves to find out what students like them paid to attend the institution in the previous year, after taking grants and scholarship aid into account."

Follow the link above to search for a college's net price calculator.

FAME's downloadable worksheet to compare financial aid packages and find ways to "fill the gap."

Tuition Break - NEBHE's Tuition Break program, the New England Regional Student Program (RSP), enables thousands of New England residents to enroll at out-of-state New England public colleges and universities at a discount. Students are eligible for the RSP Tuition Break when they enroll in an approved major that is not offered by the public colleges and universities in their home-state.