College Readiness

Helpful Resources to Share With High School Graduates

Resources you can share with soon-to-be graduates to help them start planning for their college or career path.

May 14, 2014 Updated June 6, 2016
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The last few weeks of high school are an exciting time for students. It's a whirlwind of graduation parties and festivities, topped by the graduation ceremony itself. But it can also be overwhelming.

Whatever path a student is considering, college or career, the summer after high school is the perfect time to start planning for the road ahead. I've gathered some resources you can share with students that are fun, easy-to-use and offer guidance for what lies ahead. They're organized by topic.

    • Fastweb offers a wealth of information for students researching how to pay for college. There are resources for finding and applying for scholarships, tons of information about financial aid and student lending, and plenty more. Be sure to check out Fastweb's scholarships for graduating seniors article for financial opportunities.
    • offers great resources for financial planning. To get started, check out How to Compare Financial Aid Offers and What Different Types of Aid Mean. Plus, there are dozens of other articles full of useful tips and ideas.
    • "Summer Budget for High School Graduates," from the Pathway to Financial Success blog, offers some practical tips and advice for setting and keeping a budget the summer before college.
    • The Best Budgeting Calculators for College Students,” by Reyna Gobel via MintLife
    • The National Association of College Admissions Counselors produced these resources for students and parents. This is a great place to start for those considering college, and the page features useful financial-planning resources as well.

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