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.