1. Attend a Four-Year University (Public or Private)
There are many benefits to attending a public or private, such as long-term earnings potential, less likelihood of unemployment, and increased community engagement. Here are some useful internet resources to help you plan for financial and student success.
Resources for Undocumented Students
Resources for Undocumented Students can be found on the Accredited Schools Online website which has put together a series of open-use guides to help promote college success for undocumented students. Topics include information about financial aid, student and constitutional rights, DACA legislation, and more.
The Best Schools
The Best Schools.Org has up-to-date and useful resources about online colleges, financing an education, and specific degree clusters to help you find the best college and degree for you. Check out their Getting Into College Series.
This site was created by the makers of the S.A.T. Exam. Their College Search feature allows you to filter information such as Test scores and Selectivity, Type of school, location, campus & Housing, and more
College Navigator is a useful research tool that provides general information about tuition, fees and estimated student expenses, Cost of Attendance, Graduation Rates and more.
This site contains an updated collection of college rankings to keep you informed about what schools across the country have to offer in terms of top-rated academics and student lifestyle.
The Financial Aid Process and Scholarships
Fastweb is the premier online resource for paying and preparing for college. Since 1995, they have excelled in providing students with the resources to realize their educational pursuits, from the time they begin their college search in high school, to the day they land their first job after graduation.
Scholarships for Maryland Residents
Maryland 529 College Savings Plans
The Maryland 529 offers two easy and smart ways to save. You have two smart college savings plans: The Maryland Prepaid College Trust and The Maryland College Investment Plan. Both plans are affordable, flexible, and offer tax-advantages for contributions to the plan.
State Financial Assistance Programs & Applications
This is a wonderful resource page sponsored by the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC). Their resource page features important information about Maryland State’s Financial Assistance Programs & Applications, including the Educational Assistance (EA) Grant or Guaranteed Access (GA) Grant Programs
There are millions of college scholarships worth billions of dollars available to students across the country. By using a student’s state of residence or college attendance as one of the search criteria, Scholarships.com can help students find awards created especially for Maryland residents.