Counseling students from afar? This collection of NACAC resources was selected especially to support high school seniors, parents, counselors, and admission professionals during the coronavirus crisis. We hope you find these ready-to-use resources helpful as you continue with the college admission process, even while away from office or school. See below for resources:
For High School Seniors and Parents
- NACAC’s Step-by-Step: College Awareness and Planning for Families, Counselors and Communities provides a comprehensive college planning curriculum for students grades K-12.
- NACAC’s Guide for Families in the College Admission Process outlines the early stages of college preparation, including an overview of financial aid, types of postsecondary institutions, and early college planning steps families should consider.
- Students who have limited financial resources may use the NACAC Request for Admission Application Fee Waiver form when applying for college. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we encourage postsecondary institutions to be flexible in accepting fee waivers without counselor signatures.
- Explore financial aid options, get FAFSA updates, and access tools from trusted sources with NACAC’s Financing College resources.
For College Counselors and Admission Professionals
- NACAC’s Step-by-Step: College Awareness and Planning for Families, Counselors and Communities provides a comprehensive college planning curriculum for students grades K-12. This guide is intended to provide counselors with the tools needed to meet the needs of first-generation students and their families.
- NACAC’s Financial Aid 101 e-learning course includes eight easy-to-use learning modules packed with information on subjects like loans, grants, scholarships and work-study. Developed for entry-level professionals in both the counseling and admission fields, the program features informative graphics, videos, and quizzes to help you measure your progress.
- Connect with colleagues and learn from experts through NACAC webinars on various topics.
- NACAC’s College Admission Ethics in Action e-learning course provides critical information on ethical behavior in the student recruitment process.
- The College Admissions Decoded podcast features NACAC member-experts in conversations that speak directly to parents, families, and the general public to help demystify the college admission process.
- NACAC’s online School Profiles resource is intended to help secondary schools to create or improve school profiles, using examples from their NACAC peers.
- A former school counselor discusses strategies in Tech & Higher Ed, from NACAC’s The Journal of College Admission.
- NACAC’s Fundamentals of College Admission Counseling textbook equips practitioners with the core knowledge and skill sets necessary to effectively assist students and families with postsecondary planning and college enrollment.
- The Financial Aid Toolkit from the US Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid office provides federal student aid information and outreach tools for counselors, college access professionals, nonprofit mentors, and other advisors.
- From the US Department of Education, the 2018–19 Counselors and Mentors Handbook on Federal Student Aid is intended to serve as a guide for those advising students about financial aid for higher education.
- NACAC’s Commissioned Agents and NACAC's Code of Ethics Series aims to guide NACAC members in the responsible use of commissioned agents in international student recruitment.
- Help bring the challenges to international student mobility to light and let others know about the important contributions of international students by sharing NACAC’s International Student Mobility to the US brief.
- NACAC’s annual State of College Admission report examines the transition from high school to postsecondary education through survey data collected from colleges and universities across the country.
- In partnership with the Character Collaborative, NACAC developed a survey of secondary school counselors and college admission offices designed to better understand the nature of Character and the College Admission Process.
- NACAC’s Student-to-Counselor Ratios by School District maps show the disparities of student-to-counselor ratios across and within states, drawing attention to areas most in need of outreach and support.
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