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The Internet is full of information on a variety of subjects of interest to parents. Here is a list of sites to get you started surfing the Web.

Money magazine provides many articles related to financial planning for college. Click the “Personal Finance” tab and choose “College” to find the appropriate information.

Federal Student Aid
The Federal Student Aid Office compiled this guide to grants, loans, and work-study. It is available in both English and Spanish.

Adventures in Education
This site provides information on financing a college education and finding scholarships and jobs.

American Library Association
The American Library Association site provides educational information and parenting advice.

Partnership for Drug Free Kids
The National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign advises parents on how to discuss issues such as drugs and terrorism with their children.

Media Campaign
The National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign provides facts about marijuana and advice on preventing the use of it.

U.S. Department of Education
The US Department of Education advises educators, students, and parents on planning for college, reviewing new federal education policies, and evaluating financial options.

ipl2 Internet Public Library
The Internet Public Library has extensive reference links for students and parents, including advice on researching and completing homework.

Sallie Mae, a lending program, offers advice on obtaining loans for college.

NIH National Institutes of Health
The National Institutes of Health’s web site provides health and science resources, in both English and Spanish. This site also links to other NIH institutes.

bigfuture by The College Board
Get a free step-by-step college planning guide and explore careers.

Urban Institute
The Urban Institute is a nonpartisan economic and social policy research organization that discusses issues affecting families.

U.S. Department of Education (postsecondary education)
This is the US Department of Education’s postsecondary education web site.
The US Department of Education targets this web site to parents.

Boys Town
Parenting is one of the most important and challenging jobs many will ever undertake, and it doesn’t come with an instruction manual. For parenting tips, visit this Girls and Boys Town web site.

Decision Partners
(click on GET STARTED NOW, then enter access code: SCGU)
This site is for parents to promote college access and financial literacy education through interactive, multimedia learning. Create a personalized higher education financial plan with aid comparison tools, checklists, alerts, and learning modules and integrates financial literacy instruction - the key to reducing overall college costs.

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