College Entry

Planning for college can be a daunting task. Between preparation for entrance exams, choosing a school, and finding financial aid, it can quickly become overwhelming. Plano Public Library provides educational classes, access to in-depth preparation materials, and suggestions for free trusted resources.

Check out the Job & College Resources blog posts highlighting college preparation and readiness.

Search the Plano Public Library online catalog to find books, eBooks, and more about exam preparation, applying to college, and financial aid.


Classes Offered by Plano Public Library

Plano Public Library regularly hosts free classes to help you prepare for your future. Classes include SAT and ACT practice tests as well as overviews of the different ways to pay for college. Look at the library’s online calendar or the current Engage brochure for a schedule of classes.


College Entrance Exams

The links below require a Plano Public Library Card. Click here to learn more about getting a card.

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Lynda.com’s extensive library of free online courses offers a variety of tutorials to prepare you for the PSAT, SAT, and ACT. Use Lynda.com’s search tool to locate resources for the test you are preparing for.

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LearningExpress Library’s College Admissions Test Preparation Center includes tools to prepare you for college admissions tests such as the PSAT, SAT, and ACT, as well as resources for AP Exams and College Admissions Essay writing.

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Tutor.com provides materials to help prepare for the SAT or ACT as well as AP Exams. Some features allow you to take a sample test and immediately see areas where you need improvement. Take advantage of the built-in lessons to improve your skills or work with a tutor one-on-one for extra guidance (available 2-11 p.m. daily).


Choosing the Right School for You

Choosing a College
There is a wide array of schools available for higher education. Learn more about the different types of schools crafted by the Office of Federal Student Aid.

Choosing a Vocational School
Vocational schools, also known as trade or career schools, can be a great way to train for a variety of jobs. But not all these schools are reputable. Research any school you hope to attend before you commit with this interactive guide developed by the Federal Trade Commission.


Financial Aid

Trusted Free Resources

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
Students can get free help filling out the FAFSA via a private online chat at FAFSA.gov, a phone call with the Federal Student Aid Info Center at 1-800-4-FED-AID, or with staff at the financial aid office at the school they plan to attend.

Federal Student Aid Deadlines 
Don’t miss the deadline to apply for federal student aid. Search for the state deadlines by selecting your state of residence and the school year for which you are applying.

US Department of Education – Federal Student Aid
Explore a wealth of information about preparing for college and different different types of financial aid from grants and scholarships to work-study jobs and loans.

US Department of Education – Grants and Scholarships
Read about the ins and outs of finding and applying for scholarships, and how scholarships affect other financial aid.

Net Cost of College
A handy tool that links you to your school’s Net Price Calculator to help estimate the out-of-pocket costs for college after grants and scholarships have been applied.

US Department of Labor – Scholarship Finder
Search more than 7,500 scholarships, fellowships, grants, and other financial aid award opportunities. Use filters to narrow down the scholarships to match your specific needs.

FINRA Smart Saving for College
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has created a helpful guide to answer questions about the costs of your college education and give you the information you need to wisely save and invest for college.