College Options101 Resources

College Review Guidebooks

  • Fiske Guide to Colleges

  • Princeton Review’s The Best 385 Colleges

  • Cool Colleges by Donald Asher

Liberal Arts Colleges

  • Colleges That Change Lives by Loren Pope (

  • The Hidden Ivies by Howard Greene

Books for Visual and Performing Arts

  • Creative Colleges by Elaina Loveland

Books for Navigating the College Journey as a Family

  • The Truth About College Admission: A Family Guide to Getting In and Staying Together by Rick Clark and Brennan Barnard

  • The College Conversation: A Practical Companion for Parents to Guide Their Children Along the Path to Higher Education by Eric Furda and Jacques Steinberg

  • Where you Go is Not Who You will Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania by Frank Bruni

College Search Engines

Data, Research and Lists

College Tours

Financial Fit

Assessing Overall Fit

Favorite Blogs:

Financial Aid 101 Resources

12 websites to guide you in the process of applying for financial aid

  1. Create your FSA ID:

  2. Detailed instructions on how to fill out the FAFSA:

  3. Sample 2022-2023 FAFSA Worksheet:

  4. Listing schools on the FAFSA, including state-by-state grant money guide:

  5. Subsidized and Unsubsidized Federal Student Loans Amounts:

  6. FAFSA YouTube channel:

  7. List of schools requiring the CSS Profile. Be sure to filter by schools that require the CSS Profile for domestic US Citizens:

  8. Getting started with your CSS Profile:

  9. EFC (Expected Family Contribution) Calculators:

  10. Article on 15 of the Biggest FAFSA Mistakes:

  11. Article on FAFSA and CSS differences:

  12. Domestic Undergraduate Need-Based and Merit Aid Chart:

IECA Resources

The IECA provides a number of key resources to assist in the college selection process. Here are a few of my favorites: