Note: If links on this page are broken, please let me know via my contact page. I’ll check them and make sure they are removed or changed if needed. Sometimes a different browser or machine (phone vs. computer, for example) will lead to different results. If links really don’t work, try searching for articles you want to read using the reference info here. Links often change but titles and publishers shouldn’t.

The resources below include blogs written by Dr. Weed, articles he has found about things like preparing to apply, choosing colleges, writing strong personal statements, making college affordable and worth your investment, the college environment, and more. All of the articles not by Dr. Weed are the author’s property. They represent the author’s views, not necessarily those of Dr. Weed.

Generally useful tools and websites: Free Application for Federal Student Aid​​

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Note: Search your app store for apps that will let you apply from your phone. American students should fill this out as soon after October 1 as possible in order to get access to tens of billions in Federal Student Aid. Filling it out late may keep you from accessing this invaluable source of money to help you get your degree. The FAFSA Forecaster can help you predict how much college may cost you.​​​

“MyinTuition" is a net price calculator that can help you estimate the net price of more than 50 selective and highly selective schools such as Brown, Bowdoin, Caltech, Colorado College, Emory, Harvard, Macalester College, Rice, Stanford and Yale. Search “net price calculator” and the name of the school you’re considering to find a tool that will help you get a sense for what the “net price” of a degree will be to you after financial aid is factored in. Most campuses have them.​

The Common Data Set Initiative is the tool many schools use to respond to surveys from places like US News for its rankings. Data across schools does not appear to be collected in one place but you can see the questions campuses are expected to respond to here. If you want school specific data, google “common data set” and then the name of the school you’re interested in. They often have the data posted on their websites but not all campuses will. Search the data for everything from faculty to student ratio to the average number of students in the classes you’ll attend if admitted to that school.​

The US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook is a searchable tool that  tracks hundreds of job types in the US. It has data on the expected number of positions in hundreds of areas from journalism and secondary education to graphic design and nursing for example. what current salary is like in those fields, the work people in the jobs you ask about do, and expected trends in the number of positions in the areas you search for from now to 2028.

 

The US Department of Education’s College Scorecard is a potentially useful, but controversial, resource with data on how graduates from thousands of colleges do IN THEIR FIRST POSITION after completing their degrees. Data can be searched by college, major, debt incurred at each school, and more. Many feel because the scorecard focuses only on the first position after graduation, it is biased in some respects and may undervalue degrees not in STEM fields over a graduate’s full career. Research The Scorecard’s strengths and flaws before use.

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Articles about the cost and affordability of college

 

Articles on the Cost of College, Paying for College, and Making Your Degree More Affordable

Note: As is true in other segments of this list of pieces, none of these articles are by me. You should not take them as the only possible paths to managing your college costs and maximizing the value of your degree. Speak with your financial aid office, your high-school counselor, and/or experts in college finance for advice that is tailored to your particular needs.

 

Articles on The College Search and Admissions Process

Note: As elsewhere in the media section of this page, these articles are not by me. Please read them thoroughly, do not depend on just the headline for the take home message as there are nuances and details throughout many of these pieces.

Note:  The Covid-19 pandemic will affect the college admissions process for a long time. Please take note of these resources as well as the more “general” ones on this page if you feel your life and candidacy for college have been affected by it.

 

Rankings

Please note: In all cases with Rankings you should review their methodology to see if the factors used by those making the rankings are important to you. In some cases the parts of a college that are seen as important by whatever group is doing the rankings may be more or less important to you than they are to the group doing the ranking.

 

General Resources

 

Articles on Efforts to Make College More Affordable

 

The campus environment and your college choice

 

Articles that may help you maximize your Return on Your Investment in Your Degree

Note: None of these articles are by me. They contain information that may help you maximize the
returns on the effort and money you put into earning your degree. For some articles, it may be
necessary to look at the methodology the authors use to determine if it makes sense in your
circumstances.

 

RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS APPLYING TO COLLEGE