Free College Admissions Resources You Should Know About: Guides for Athletes and Students with Disabilities

Neon sign spelling freeIt’s easy to spend a lot of money on books and services to help with the college admissions process. The problem is that families often don’t know enough to know which questions to ask to find the best resources for them. Fortunately, there are a variety of free college guides available that can serve as a place to begin the search.

These resources aren’t necessarily a substitute their more expensive counterparts. But they can provide the background necessary to make sure you’re making good use of your money when you do decide to purchase a book or service.

The following are free college guides in PDF format for athletes and students with disabilities.

The College Planning Guide for Student Athletes

This is fourteen page guide to playing sports at the college level created by the New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Foundation Network. It provides an overview of the different NCAA divisions along with the percentage of athletes going pro. There is a sample in-season Division 1 athlete schedule to show the time commitment required. Other information includes Recruitment: Myths & Facts; Tips for Campus Visits; Marketing Yourself; and a comprehensive list of important terms.

College Planning for Students with Disabilities, A Supplement to the College Prep Handbook

This is an 18 page document prepared by the EducationQuest Foundation in Nebraska. It includes a discussion on the importance of self-advocacy and taking part in your IEP meetings. The handbook has sections on preparing for college entrance exams and selecting and applying to a college. It lists the steps to follow once you select a college such as gathering required documentation, meeting with the disability services coordinator, and requesting accommodations. There is also an overview of Legal Rights and Responsibilities and important terms. The listing of available resources is pretty much limited to Nebraska.

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