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• Betraying the College Dream: How Disconnected K-12 and Postsecondary Education Systems Undermine Student Aspirations
“The current fractured systems send students, their parents, and K-12 educators conflicting and vague messages about what students need to know and be able to do to enter and succeed in college.”

• Investing Early: Intervention Programs in Selected U.S. States
“Recent research suggests that financial aid, while necessary, is not sufficient to ensure equal access to college for all types of students. . .Federal and state early intervention programs aim to encourag[e] disadvantaged students to gain the information and perform the steps necessary to enter and successfully pass through the post-secondary education pipeline.”

• 2000 College-Bound Seniors, National Report
This report presents data for 2000 high school graduates who took part in the SAT program.

• Guide to the Evaluation of Education Experiences in the Armed Services
“The standard reference work for recognizing learning acquired in military life.”

• Think College
Information for middle and high schools students, and adult returning students, on preparing for and attending college.

Enacted in 1998, GEAR UP funds partnerships of high-poverty middle schools, colleges and universities, community organizations, and business to work with entire grade levels of students. The partnerships provide tutoring, mentoring, information on college preparation and financial aid, an emphasis on core academic preparation and, in some cases, scholarships.

• Preparing Your Child for College
The 2000 edition, written by the Office of the Under Secretary of Education, is available in the Department’s Online Library. A paper copy may be ordered by calling 1-800-USA-LEARN.

• College is Possible
From the Coalition of America’s Colleges, this site offers a guide for parents and students to advice and information on higher education, with a focus on financial issues. The site is composed of three main sections: Preparing for College, Choosing the Right College, and Paying for College.

• Wiredscholar.com
Contains a wide array of “going-to-college” information for students, parents and guidance professionals. A comprehensive and objective resource on the Web for information, interactive tools and checklists to assist with college preparation, evaluation, selection, application and financing, all in one online location.

• Accepted: Writing Central for Law, Medical, Business, and Grad School Applicants.
Resources for assisting potential grad students in preparing successful admissions applications.

• Graduate School Essays
“This handout offers some points to consider as you undertake the writing of an application essay.” From The Writing Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.