From the March/April 2008 issue of the U.S. Department of Education's publication "The Achiever" newsletter:
The U.S. Department of Education's "College Navigator" has been named by Money magazine as "the best first screen" to use for researching colleges online because it is "one of the simplest." In the magazine's Dec. 4, 2007, issue naming the 28 Best Money Web sites in seven categories, the College Navigator was praised for providing "a good comparison tool" and "a full set of the latest data on expenses, aid, enrollment, admissions and graduation rates, majors and more, along with a Google map for pinpointing school locations.
Hosted by the Department's National Center for Education Statistics, the site can be accessed at http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/. It allows users to:
Refine search criteria;
Build a list of favorite schools;
Search by such specifics as distance from home, size of school and SAT/ACT scores; and
Export search results into a spreadsheet.
In addition, for adult learners, the site finds programs that offer extended learning opportunities such as weekend or evening courses, distance learning and credit for life experiences. The College Navigator is one of several new online resources the Department has developed to provide the public with clear and reliable information about federal financial aid and the college selection process. Last year, it unveiled the FAFSA4caster (http://www.fafsa4caster.ed.gov), which instantly calculates the federal financial aid that a student is likely to receive.