Building a School List:
1. Spreadsheet from Jennie Kent and Jeff Levy regarding merit aid and need-based aid.
2. Choosing a school should go beyond geography and size. Create a Corsava account and discover your deeper preferences. Completely free.
3. Mark Moody's Quick and Dirty School List Builder.
4. Midwest Tuition Exchange: Illinois students are eligible for a tuition discount at several midwest universities.
Composing the College Essay:
1. College Essay Guy- tons of free resources for the college planning process.
2. Essays that Worked from Johns Hopkins University.