11 Essential Websites for Advisors

NCAN staff recommend the following websites and tools for advisors aiding low-income students. They are sorted by category: College Search and Career Exploration.

College Search

Steps2College.org: This one-stop site lets students in the college-going process learn about applications and student aid options, celebrate college decisions, and understand critical enrollment steps once they have decided where to go – all in one place! Whether you’re a student, family member, or school counselor, resources and important dates are right here. This website is a collaboration of NCAN and members American College Application Campaign and ACT Center for Equity in Learning, as well as American University and Better Make Room. 

College Greenlight: With free registration, this NCAN member lets advisors provide customized college match advising to their students, monitor their students’ results and status in the college search process, and access “the largest database of private and university scholarships, including scholarships specifically for first generation and underrepresented students.”

The Common Application: NCAN member Common App offers a single admission application that’s accepted by more than 700 colleges, and one feature allows advisors to view the in-progress applications of their students.

The TalentED Project: NCAN member The TalentED Project is a a free digital tool that builds relationships between high school counselors or college access professionals and admissions recruiters to match first-generation, lower-income college-goers with select four-year colleges.

NACAC: The National Association for College Admission Counseling assembled information on associated fee waivers for low-income students applying for colleges, transferring colleges, and taking the SAT or ACT.

Accredited Schools Online: This free website lets users explore accredited online schools by major, state or degree level.

Career Exploration

ACT Profile: A free, mobile resource from NCAN member ACT to help students learn more about themselves and the college and career paths they may want to explore. Students create an account on a computer, smartphone or tablet to access college and career planning assessments that pinpoint their interests, values and skills, and then use that information to populate interactive maps with connected careers and academic majors.

Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce: This website allows students to explore national and state salary data, searchable by degree level and major. 

CareerVillage.org: This free website crowdsources career and school guidance for youth from 10,000 professional volunteers. It covers more than as many career topics and allows users to “Get Advice” or “Give Advice,” which is searchable by career and geographic region. It also includes lesson plans for students to learn about careers.  

Workforce Data Quality Campaign: This website has state-specific information about states’ workforce data systems and resources, as well as a blueprint identifying key features of an aligned, inclusive, and market-relevant state data system. It also maintains a blog on the topic.

Launch My Career: An interactive web tool (currently for ColoradoTennesseeTexas and Florida) that provides students with information about the return on investment in a certificate or degree from public postsecondary schools, including technical schools and community colleges. The data also identifies “hot jobs” in demand across the state and in particular regions, their earnings potential and applicable courses of study.