Free College Navigation Tools

College Board

Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success — including the SAT and the Advanced Placement Program. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators and schools.

College Greenlight

College Greenlight is a free online resource that addresses the needs of first-generation and underrepresented students. It provides support to high schools, community-based organizations, parents, and students throughout the college search and admissions process.

College Scorecard

The College Scorecard makes it easier for students and families to search for a college that provides a good value. It includes essential information about a particular college’s cost, its graduation rates and the average amount its students borrow, all in an easy-to-read format. It is designed to help you compare colleges and choose one that is well-suited to your individual needs.

College Raptor

College Raptor is a free college planning tool. It’s a whole new way to make smarter decisions about college. College Raptor offers side-by-side comparisons of estimated financial aid packages along with simplified campus match scores and admission chances. With College Raptor, students and families have the power to make the best decisions. Not only can they find the schools that best fit their academic and career goals, but they can find the institutions that are most affordable, reduce their need for student debt and create a plan for maximizing their chances of getting in and receiving the most aid.

Khan Academy

There are nearly 3,000 colleges in the United States that offer 4-year degrees. The sheer variety of options, from rural liberal arts colleges to public state universities, can feel overwhelming. After you understand the differences between what’s out there and begin to get a sense of what you want, however, the choice becomes infinitely more manageable!