College 101

Resources to help along your college planning

General College Planning

Outstanding Books for the College Bound (2020 YALSA list)
The books on this list offer opportunities to discover new ideas, and provide an introduction to a fascinating variety of subjects. Readers will gain an understanding of our diverse world and build a foundation to deepen their response to that world. This list is developed every five years.

College Board
Access all avenues of college education. Provides video testimonials, career planning, information on financial planning, selecting a college, and more.

College Navigator
Provides information on locating the right college for you.

The Princeton Review
Includes information on how to apply and prepare for higher education, such as financial-aid resources, test preps, college rankings, and tips on selecting the right college.

Think College
A college-planning website designed for those with intellectual disabilities.


Financial Aid

Federal Student Aid
An office of the U.S. Department of Education. Help with finding the means to fund college.

A financial-aid guide. Includes information on searching for scholarships, applying for loans, and calculating one’s finances with available calculators.


Scholarship Search

Do Something
Earn scholarships through community service.

Resources to help students find scholarships to pay for school.

Search and apply for college scholarships. Must register for a free account to search for scholarship opportunities.

Scholarship Scams
Read to avoid scholarship scams.

Test Prep

The Act
Register and prepare for the ACT. Includes tips, practice questions, and test descriptions.

Kahn Academy
​Prepare for the SAT, ACT, and more.

Learning Express Library [must own a DPLS library card]
Prepare for the SAT, ACT, AP exams, and college-admission essays.

Our library system owns or has access to resources  to prepare for the tests. Click here to gain access to our catalog and begin your search.

*Updated January 2024