college page imageCollege resources are located in the Magazine and Newspaper Room, with noncirculating copies in the Reference Room. The collection is aimed at students and their families choosing schools, and includes titles covering undergraduate and graduate schools, private secondary schools, financial aid, scholarships and loans, study abroad, and corporate internships.  Below are links to online resources.

College Scorecard
U.S. Department of Education site that allows students and parents to compare schools based on measurements that are important to them: Programs & Degrees; Location; Size, and Name. There is also an advanced search.

U.S. News & World Reports Education – The magazine’s site includes their popular college rankings lists as well as information undergraduate and graduate programs, financial aid, and more.

All About College – This general site contains links to home pages of thousands of colleges and universities in the Untied States and abroad, as well as information about applications, financial aid, and college life.

CollegeNet  – Search 2- and 4-year colleges, institutions offering MBA programs, vocational/technical, business, or medical schools and display the results in a variety of useful ways. Also contains CollegeBOT, an education-specific search engine with sections devoted to financial aid and scholarships, and assorted college-related resources.

The College Board –  The College Board publishes several major college preparation print guides and implements the SAT, CLEP, and Advanced Placement Tests. Their site includes information on searching for schools, and planning and preparing for college.

Peterson’s  – Complementing their undergraduate and graduate college guides, this site it offers current information on finding, applying to, and paying for college.

The Undergrad Zone –  A general site with information for high school students on how to plan and prepare for college, including testing, financial aid, and college life.

American Council on Education – This nonprofit organization represents accredited degree-granting institutions and advocates on issues pertaining to higher education.

Campus Security The U.S. Department of Education has information on safety and security on college campuses, as well as data on campus crime. – Comprehensive source of information on 529 savings plans. Each state’s plan is reviewed, including administrative costs, and contribution limits. College planning resources are also provided. – The government’s web site for for federal student aid resources, including the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form . It provides in-depth information on federal student aid programs, applying for financial aid, and repaying student loans, how to conduct college and scholarship searches, estimate college costs, and track and compare financial aid award letters.

College Board’s PROFILE Online – Allows you to fill out a single application to apply for hundreds of non-federal financial aid opportunities and scholarships.

Scholarship Foundation of Wakefield, Inc. – Providing scholarships for Wakefield students for over 50 years, their application form and instructions are now online – Conduct a scholarship search for free money for college or investigate education loans. – This site offers college bound students, parents, and counselors easy access to information on colleges and universities throughout the U.S., free college scholarship and financial aid searches, SAT and ACT test preparation tips, and more.

FinAid! The Smart Student’s Guide to Financial Aid. – Lots of good information on financial aid, loans, scholarships, calculating aid, and career planning.

Massachusetts Department of Higher Education – Information on schools and financial aid with a Massachusetts spin to it, as well as general college information. The financial magazine provides articles and information on best value colleges and how to pay for them.

Sallie Mae – Information on paying for college from Sallie Mae (originally the Student Loan Marketing Association), the leading provider of educational loans.

Globewide Network Academy – This nonprofit gateway site contains course information from a wide array of distance learning providers from the U.S. and abroad, from certificate programs to graduate degrees. The course catalog focus may be more useful for those searching for one course rather than a program.

Online University Consortium – This site assesses the quality of online degrees. Online UC was established to ensure adult learners receive quality education and that organizations employing these professionals maximize investments made in online education and degree programs.

Distance Education Accrediting Commission – The Comissions was founded in 1926 to promote educational standards and ethical practices in the distance learning field. Their site includes information on accreditation of hundreds of secondary and postsecondary programs, as well as financial aid, and assistance with complaints.

Get Educated.Com – A consumer group that ranks and rates online degree programs, as well as providing information on financial aid, complaints against providers, and current news.’s Distance Learning – This site provides a great deal of information about the subject of distance learning, including original articles and links to online resources. There are glossaries and guides, a discussion board, advice on evaluating programs, and information about continuing professional education.

Continuing Education – a list of Continuing Education resources for people in and around Wakefield.

Massachusetts Libraries – a website where you can search for literacy and adult education programs at local libraries.