College Prep

Library Resources

Free online courses on a wide range of topics useful for students and career development. You’ll need to enter your Cary Area Library card number and account PIN to access this resource.

Photo of a black shelving unit against a dark orange wall that holds college and job preparation books.

See books in our catalog for college prep:

Browse our display in the Teen Area (pictured at left) for books on many topics to help you prepare for your future, including college and job prep.

Useful Websites

College Board
Not-for-profit organization that helps connect students to college success and opportunity.

Federal Student Aid (An office at the U.S. Department of Education)
All of the information you need about FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). It takes you through all the steps of the financial aid process – from creating a FSA ID to getting aid money. More than that, there is useful information about aid availability, types of aid, and repaying loans.

Niche sorts and ranks colleges based on reviews from students so you can get an idea of what former students thought of the academics, campus, diversity, etc. You can also see the average net cost, earnings after graduation, popular majors, and other statistics. When viewing colleges you can view by state, major, or overall ranking in America. It’s a great place to start your college search.

U.S. Department of Education- Choosing a school
Information on what you should consider and the steps you should take in order to choose a school.