National Training for Counselors and Mentors - Materials and Resources
Tools and Resources You Need to Counsel Students and Families Preparing Financially for College
Training materials will be available for download in late summer. To view the materials, click here.
Additional resources are available from the following Web sites:
- Federal Student Aid FSA4Counselors provides FAFSA information, financial aid videos, and college fair schedules, as well as tips and guidelines on planning financial aid nights.
- The Federal Student Aid Publications Ordering System (FSAPubs) offers a variety of free publications on financial aid and college preparation. Visit www.fsapubs.org to order items for middle school, high school, or college students, or for you as you mentor college-bound students. The site's home page asks you to log in using an identification number. If you work at a high school, TRIO or GEAR UP program, or other nonprofit entity (library, PTA, education department, etc.), you are eligible to receive an identification number called an ML number. Call 1-800-394-7084 to find out whether your school or organization already has an ML number. Once you are on the list and have provided an e-mail address, you will automatically receive important updates about federal aid and the application process, as well as a monthly e-newsletter with tips to help you do your job better.
- National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) includes information on college preparation, as well as a resource guide on how to increase awareness among students and families of the necessity of preparing financially for college early.
- National Council of Higher Education Loan Programs (NCHELP) offers a comprehensive and up to date library of information on the latest postsecondary financial aid issues.
- National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) offers a variety of valuable resources, including publications and online resources, for anyone involved in the admission process.
- American School Counselor Association (ASCA) provides professional development, publications and other resources, research, and advocacy to more than 24,000 professional school counselors around the globe.
- National Association of State Student Grant and Aid Programs (NASSGAP) has an excellent library of research articles on topics such as preK-12 and postsecondary education, parent involvement, and financial aid and affordability.
- National College Access Network (NCAN) provides regular updates on trends in college admissions, financial aid, and career path development to help students and their families prepare for college or postsecondary education.
- Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) offers training, publications, and other resources to help further the expansion of educational opportunities throughout the United States.