College Help

College Admissions, Financial Aid, and Scholarships

BigFuture (College Board)

This free resource, created by College Board, offers information on finding a college, financing one’s education, and exploring careers.  Most of the website can be accessed without creating a personal account, although some tools require that users set up a login.


Even if you don’t think you’ll qualify, you should always submit the free application for Federal Student Aid.  $150 billion is given out each year in loans, grants, and work-study funds.

Massachusetts Department of Higher Education – Office of Student Financial Assistance

Listings of state financial aid programs including grants, scholarships, tuition waivers, loans, and tuition reimbursements.

More info about grants, loans, scholarships, etc.

Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority

Some great tips and timelines on applying, planning, saving, and paying for college.


The Newton location offers counselors to help guide you to a more successful college admissions process, including essay help.  These counselors also periodically host FREE seminars at the library; check our Events page to see if one is coming up!

Resources @ the Library

Vocations and Career Collection Database

This database provides access to journals and magazines that aid users in researching a vocation, finding an appropriate institution of learning, job-searching, and maintaining a career.


Practice Testing


CollegeBoard SAT Full-Length Practice Tests

App – Daily Practice for the New SAT

Personalized SAT Practice @ Khan Academy







Vocational Training