Through the links below, students and parents can access information and resources that will help them in planning for the 3Es (Enrollment, Enlistment and Employment). Students can use these links to learn about the wide variety of options available to them in selecting a college and/or career pathway. Additionally, resources are provided to assist students for planning, applying and paying for their postsecondary education in order to simplify the college admissions process.
College and Career Information
- College Board Big Future has helpful information for students and families on planning for college and careers, applying and paying for college, and making a plan for after high school.
- Naviance Family Connection is the college and career readiness software that IPS uses for all students in Grades 6-12. Students complete a series of activities each year and can access information and tools to learn about colleges and careers year-round.
- The Occupational Outlook Handbook is updated by the U.S. Department of Labor and has detailed information about careers, including typical activities, salary and work environment.
- Learn More Indiana is a great source of information about career planning, educational options and financing your education. An arm of the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, Learn More also provides an information hotline at 1.800.992.2076.
- Indiana Career Explorer is a free career-interest inventory that is open to all Indiana residents.
- Invested Indiana collaborates with schools to provide free financial literacy information, events and FAFSA filing assistance for students.
- TransferIN Indiana is an online resource for students who plan to transfer college credits, including dual credits from high school.
- Center for Leadership Development offers low-cost programs for Grades 4-12 students and their parents on a variety of college, career and personal development topics.
College Planning Grade Level Guides
- College Board Big Future’s Make a Plan Tool will create a personalized step-by-step guide to help students reach their goals.
- College Board Planning Guide Grades 9-10
- College Board Planning Guide Grade 11
- College Board Planning Guide Grade 12
- Seniors can use the College Board College Application Checklist to ensure they are on track with the college application process.
College Entrance Tests
- Learn more and sign up for the SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test), which is offered seven times throughout the year.
- Before taking the SAT, spend time practicing for the test using official SAT practice including the SAT question of the day.
- The Khan Academy offers free, personalized SAT preparation. Students can link their College Board account to share PSAT and SAT scores with Khan Academy for individualized prep based on their strengths and weaknesses.
- Learn more and sign up for the ACT, which is offered seven times throughout the year.
- Before taking the ACT, spend time practicing for the test using official ACT practice,including the ACT Question of the Day.
Paying for College
- College Board’s Big Future has articles and resources to help students and families learn about and make a plan for paying for a college education.
- College Board Scholarship Search is an online scholarship database that includes more than $6 billion in scholarships, internships and other financial aid.
- Fastweb Scholarships connects students to more than $1.5 million scholarships. Students can create a profile and have scholarship matches emailed directly to them.
- Students sign up in 7th or 8th grade for the 21st Century Scholarsprogram, which pays up to full tuition at a public Indiana college. While in high school, students must complete the Scholar Success Program of college and career readiness activities to keep their scholarship.
- The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is completed for the first time in a student’s senior year of high school and every year afterwards that a student plans to enroll in college. The FAFSA determines eligibility for federal and state financial aid including Pell Grants 21st Century Scholars and federal student loans.
- Students and families can complete FAFSA4caster prior to the student’s senior year to predict what type of financial aid the student will be eligible for in college.
- Career OneStop Scholarships is another online scholarship database that students can use to search for scholarships.
- The Indiana College Costs Estimator can help students and families estimate their college costs at particular colleges and universities within Indiana.