The College Board BigFuture
BigFuture is a free, comprehensive resource that improves the college planning experience for students, families, and educators. BigFuture includes several interactive resources that are best experienced online, where students answer simple questions that help them quickly begin customizing their search for colleges and financial aid.
Know How 2 Go in English and Español
Excellent website with advice for students and mentors (including parents!)
College Planning Help for Parents from ACT in English
Information for parents from ACT, the organization that administers the ACT, one of the two standardized tests that students can choose to take to qualify for a four-year college or university.
College Planning Help for Parents from College Board in English and Español
Information for parents from Colllege Board, the organization that administers the SAT, the other of the two standardized tests that students can choose to take to qualify for a four-year college or university.
Action Plans for Parents of Middle School and High School Students in English
College Board’s version of Action Plans for Parents. Other sites have action plans, but not all include Middle School parents.
First in Your Family to go to College
- I'mFirst.org is an initiative of the nonprofit Center for Student Opportunity, which works to empower first-generation college students on the path to and through college. Their website has a great tool for finding colleges friendly to first-generation students, as well as lots of "stories" from first-gen students like YOU!
- Better Make Room/Reach Higher is an effort by former First Lady, Michelle Obama, to inspire every student in the U.S.--especially first-gen and low-income students--to take charge of their future by completing their education past high school, whether at a professional training program, a community college, or a four-year college or university.
Financial Literacy and Financial Aid
A superb and comprehensive source of student financial aid information, advice, and tools.
ScholarShare website, in English and Español
Learn about California's 529 Savings Plans.
Links to tons of resources on everything college students and their parents need to know about taxes.
The U.S. government's website dedicated to teaching the basics about financial education.
University of California
Visit the official Admissions website for the University of California.
California State University
Cal State Apply, the starting place for admissions, with ALL the info you will ever need!
California Community Colleges
Message to Parents in English and Español
Enrollment to Graduation and Beyond — Helpful Tools
Aimed at students, this website and its links are helpful to parents too.
Career Planning Resources
Figure out where you're going. Whether you love sports, science, or knitting hats for cats, there’s a way to mash up your interests and make a living out of it. Define your road!