We want to help you give your children or grandchildren better options for higher education. These websites have lots of useful information on the process of planning for and paying for college.

Petersons.com – The most comprehensive education resource on the Internet, Peterson’s offers core products for college search and selection, test preparation, and financial aid. This website also offers online services for essay editing as well as resume writing. And if you’re looking for ways to make college more affordable, look no further. Peterson’s Scholarship Search is a financial aid database of nearly $5 billion in scholarships, grants, and prizes.

CollegeBoard.com – The College Board is a nonprofit membership association with a mission to connect students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the College Board is composed of more than 5,700 schools, colleges, universities, and other educational organizations. Each year, the College Board serves students and their parents, high schools, and colleges through major programs and services in college readiness, college admission, guidance, assessment, financial aid, enrollment, and teaching and learning.

U.S. Department of Education – The U.S. Department of Education’s website offers a searchable list of 529-eligible higher education institutions.

FAFSA4caster – The U.S Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid office created this tool to help you understand your expected family contribution (EFC) and options for paying for college.

College Affordability and Transparency Center – This site (courtesy of the U.S. Department of Education) allows you to research a college’s affordability and value so you can make an informed decision about whether the school could be a good fit for you.

College Savings Plans Network – The College Savings Plans Network is a national nonprofit association dedicated to making college more accessible and affordable for families. Its website provides detailed information about college savings plans and allows you to compare 529 plans from around the country.

State Treasurer of Illinois – The State Treasurer of Illinois is trustee and is responsible for the overall administration of the Program.

Illinois Department of Revenue – The official website of the Illinois Department of Revenue provides access to a variety of local and state tax information.

Savingforcollege.com – This site has resources including newsletters, cost of college calculators, and comparison tools to analyze various 529 plans and other investment options.

Union Bank & Trust – This financial institution serves as the program manager for the Bright Directions College Savings Program.