External Resources

National College Access Network (NCAN): The mission of NCAN is to improve access to and success in postsecondary education for disadvantaged, underrepresented, and first-generation students. NCAN supports a network of state and local college access programs that provide counseling, advice, and financial assistance; shares best practices among the network; provides leadership and technical assistance; and helps establish new college access programs. NCAN's Advisor Toolbox may be especially useful to staff, as it provides specific tools that can be used by college access staff working with students of all ages. Sign up for their newsletters and webinars!


College Greenlight: College Greenlight is a free online resource that addresses the needs of first-generation and underrepresented students. 

The site includes:

  • Comprehensive profiles of 2-year and 4-year colleges and universities
  • A database of scholarships for students from 6th grade through graduate school 
  • A student dashboard where each user can personalize a unique college and scholarship list
  • A virtual space for counselors and advisors to monitor and measure student progress.


College Scorecard: The College Scorecard is an online tool, created by the United States government, for consumers to compare the cost and value of higher education institutions in the United States. It displays data in five areas: cost, graduation rate, employment rate, average amount borrowed, and loan default rate.