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general college/career planning
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MCIS
"One stop shopping" for all your post-secondary planning needs! See Mrs. Tucci for the NKHS username and password if you don't know them.
i seek
Minnesota's gateway to career, education, employment and business information
MN OHE
The Minnesota Office of Higher Education is a cabinet-level state agency providing students with financial aid programs and information to help them gain access to postsecondary education.
MyMajors
Answer a series of questions and find college majors that might be right for you. Free, but requires registration.
eCampusTours
Offers "virtual" tours of over 1200 college campuses as well as financial aid and career info. Free, but requires registration.
Cappex
Site containing college profiles and reviews from students who attended there! Also gives you an idea of what your chances are to be accepted to different colleges. Free, but requires registration.
financial aid/scholarships
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Minnesota Indian Scholarship
Scholarship money for Native American students in Minnesota. Must fill out additional form in addition to FAFSA.
FAFSA on the web
This is where to go to apply for federal financial aid. All college bound seniors should do the FAFSA.
FAFSA 4caster
This site allows you to get an estimate on your eligibility for federal student aid.
studentaid.gov
General information on federal student aid.
MCIS
MCIS has a great scholarship search tool. Once you log in, click on the "education" tab, then the "financial aid sort" link under the "Where can I get help paying for school" heading.
MN OHE scholarship page
A list of Minnesota colleges/universities and the institutional scholarships they offer.
FastWeb
Matches students with information on about 600,000 scholarships, fellowships, internships, grants and loans from corporations, institutions, philanthropic organizations, foundations and clubs.
College Board scholarship search
Another free scholarship search engine
CollegeNET
Scholarship search engine
Scholarships.com
Scholarship search engine
NCAA scholarships and internships
Information on scholarship and internship opportunities for athletes.
ROTC and military scholarships
Information on scholarship and education assistance earned through military service.
United Negro college fund
A searchable database of minority-related scholarship awards.
American Indian college fund
Provides useful information on tribal colleges and scholarship opportunities for Native American students.
Minnesota colleges & universities
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MnSCU
Seven state Universities (e.g., BSU) and 25 community and technical colleges (e.g., ICC) that make up the MnSCU or Minnesota State Colleges and University system.
University of Minnesota System
Information on the four universities in the University of Minnesota system: Twin Cities, Duluth, Morris and Crookston.
Minnesota private colleges
Provides information on 17 of Minnesota's private four-year, liberal arts colleges (e.g. the College of St. Scholastica, St. Olaf College).
Minnesota career colleges
Minnesota's 17 private career schools that make up the Minnesota Career College Association (e.g., Duluth Business University).
Minnesota cosmetology schools
List of schools offering cosmetology programs in Minnesota.
regional colleges & universities
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Wisconsin College and University System
Provides information on 2 and 4 year public schools in the U of Wisconsin system (i.e., U of Wisconsin-Superior).
Wisconsin technical college system
Provides information on technical schools in Wisconsin (e.g., WITC in Superior).
North Dakota University System
Provides information about North Dakota's public colleges and Universities (including UND and NDSU).
South Dakota Universities
List of public universities in South Dakota.
Colleges in the U.P. of Michigan
Provides links to colleges and universities located in Michigan's upper peninsula.
Tuition reciprocity information
Click here to learn more about Minnesota's tuition reciprocity agreements with ND, SD, WI and Manitoba. Also includes information about the Midwest Student Exchange Program which offers reduced tuition opportunities in other Midwestern states.
college entrance exams
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ACT
Register online for the ACT. Click on 'test prep' to access free practice tests and tips. Since ACT is the preferred test of the upper Midwest, most 4-year college bound students from our area only need to take the ACT. Also, starting in 14-15, all juniors will be taking the ACT at school in the spring as part of the state testing program.
SAT
Register and prepare for the SAT here. While the vast majority of colleges will accept either the ACT or SAT, the SAT is more prevalent on the east and west coasts.
military
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Military Careers
Provides career information about military service.
MN National Guard
Army
Navy
Air Force
Marines
Coast Guard
apprenticeships
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Apprenticeship info
Apprenticeship information from i-seek with links to apprenticeship programs in Minnesota.
Minnesota construction apprenticeship programs
Detailed information about Minnesota apprenticeship programs related to the construction industry (i.e, plumbers, electricians, sheet metal workers, painters etc.)
other post-secondary options
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Peace Corps
Volnuteer organization in which Americans help out overseas.
AmeriCorps
Similar to Peace Corps, but volunteers stay in the U.S. (e.g., disaster relief).
international travel programs
From the Council for Standards on International Educational Travel. List of reputable international youth exchange programs.