College Planning Resources
It is not too early to start thinking about college. Below are some links you can use to start identifying colleges that will be a good match for you.
- City of Boston College Guide – The Boston Youth Zone has compiled some links about preparing for college as well as seeking financial aid and scholarships.
- The Know How 2 Go campaigns to help low-income and first generation students pursue higher education.
- College Board has compiled facts and information about colleges across the country — their College Match Maker is a very useful search tool.
- U.S. News Best Colleges – Every year U.S. News ranks 1,400 schools.
- Colleges That Change Lives is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and support of a student-centered college search process.
- Test Optional Schools from FairTest.org lists schools that do not require test results with applications.
- Colleges with a pledge to reduce student loans are listed on The Project on Student Debt website.
- My College Options My College Options is another college match search resource.
UBMS assists students with vouchers for free or reduced test rates. Make sure to come to the office to get vouchers well before registration deadlines.
- The FAFSA4Caster will help you estimate your Expected Family Contribution for college
- In January of your Senior year you will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) The FAFSA is a free application — do not use any sites that charge you money to file the FAFSA.
- Some colleges (especially private schools) require that you also complete the CSS/Profile. Use this site to find out if any of the colleges you are interested in require this application.
- MEFA is a great resource for understanding financial aid and planning to pay for college
Applying for scholarships will help make college affordable. Keep your grades up, do your best on the MCAS and SATs, volunteer in your community, and be involved in activities through your school and neighborhood to make sure you are a competitive applicant. Here are some scholarships and resources to consider:
- Gates Millennium Scholars
- Dell Scholars Program
- The Posse Foundation (Awarded to: Blanca Lopez – UBMS 2013 & Cesar Hernandez – UBMS, 2010 )
- Latino College Dollars
- The Hispanic Scholarship Fund
- Black College Dollars
- Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund
- US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation
- Advancing Hispanic Excellence in Technology, Engineering, Math and Science
- The Stephen Phillips Memorial Scholarship Fund (Awarded to: Longjiao Chen, Yingping He, Shuyu Zhou – UBMS 2013, Yun Man, Sonny Nguyen – UBMS 2011, Si Xin Lu, Yan Qi Lin, Bayron McField – UBMS, 2010, Javier Galindo, UBMS 2009)
- Colleges of the Fenway STEM Scholars (Awarded to: Si Xin Lu, Yan Qi Lin – UBMS, 2010)
- The Jackie Robinson Education and Leadership Development Program
- Beyond The Boroughs Scholarship
- The MEOA Scholarship
- Fastweb Scholarship Search