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College Big Picture

Economics Lesson
PBS - Need to Know - Fen 10, 2012
With student loan debt now nearing $1 trillion, Need to Know looks at the dilemma facing young people: go to college and likely accumulate tens of thousands of dollars in debt or more, or skip it and risk never qualifying for a higher-paying job....
Anya Kamenetz on the 'Debt Generation'
PBS - Need to Know - Fen 10, 2012
Ray Suarez interviews Anya Kamenetz, author of "Generation Debt," who says too many students are being given advice that leads them into permanent, overwhelming debt....
Student loan debt: The next financial disaster?
CBS News MoneyWatch - Fen 9, 2012
Student loan debt is pushing a growing number of Americans into bankruptcy and an organization of bankruptcy lawyers predicted this week that the college debt problem could become as big a catastrophe as the home mortgage crisis.....
Current College Students Struggle to Survive Rising Tuitions
New York Times - The Choice  - Feb 15, 2012
Tuition rates can be prohibitive. Prospective students know this and plan their academic careers accordingly. What students may not consider, however, are the costs that can keep them from graduating once they’re enrolled: tuition increases. ...
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

Now is the best time for juniors to start planning for college
San Jose Mercury News  - Feb 13, 2012
The college admissions season will be coming to a close for current high school seniors over the next few months, but this is the time for juniors to really begin thinking about their futures beyond high school. ...
Getting the Most Out of Free College-Planning Resources
Wise Bread  - Feb 15, 2012
Having heard so much about the difficulty and stress of choosing, applying to, and getting accepted into college, I was concerned that I needed to spend lots of time coaching my son during his senior year of high school....
Getting Ideas for a College List
The College Solution Blog  - Feb 13, 2012
It’s intimidating when families hear that there are thousands of colleges and universities in this country. It’s equally unnerving when families try to grapple with this question: Where do you find ideas?....
What colleges look for and what you should be doing to improve your chances
Lubbock College Examiner  - Feb 13, 2012
In this day and age getting into the most selective colleges like Cambridge, Harvard and MIT will take more than good grades. What colleges look for has changed dramatically in the past few decades ...
The Personal Statement - What Do Colleges Look For?
Zimbio  - Feb 13, 2012
College admission committees find these characteristics in potential students since these qualities portray the level of involvement you will have within their the school. Being involved within extracurricular activities shows that a student can be a well rounded and contains substantial time management skills.....
Three keys to college admissions success
NY College Admissions Examiner  - Feb 13, 2012
Steve LeMenager, educational consultant for Edvice in Princeton, NJ, and former Director of Admission at Princeton University, sums up the essential qualities that the most competitive colleges seek.....
College Admissions: Campus Visit Questions You Need to Ask
GoLocalProv  - Feb 13, 2012
With school vacations around the corner, families are packing up the car for road trips and campus tours. If you have a sophomore or junior in high school, now is the time to visit! ...
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Early Admissions

Suddenly, the pressure is off
Los Angeles Times  - Feb 13, 2012
Among the college-bound crowd of America's high school seniors, this is the time to exhale. A happy few have been accepted by early admissions programs at the campuses of their dreams....
Does Applying Early Mean a Better Chance of Acceptance?
U.S. News University  - Feb 14, 2012
Every year, many bachelor's degree seekers opt to apply to their chosen schools under early action programs. In doing so, students are allowed to apply to colleges a few months early, usually in November, but do not need to agree to attend that school if they are accepted.....
Is early admission right for you?
LA College Bound Examiner  - Feb 14, 2012
Four years ago both Harvard and Princeton canceled their early admission programs fearing that the practice favored wealthy students with superior college counseling and hoping that other colleges and universities across the country would follow suit....
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SAT Subject Tests Matter
Huffington Post  - Feb 9, 2012
The SAT II Subject Tests are an important, but often neglected part of the college application process. Indeed, the exams are challenging both in the breadth of material for which students are responsible and in terms of the scale used to produce final scores ....
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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Feb 15, 2012
FAQs on Financial Aid
You’re in the middle of scheduling, it’s almost February Break, and now students are getting financial aid offers. How can you help them?—why, with this:. .... More

Counselors Integral Student Success
KRTV - Feb 10, 2012
School counselors are known for helping students develop in the classroom and in the plans for the future, and they also play a vital role in making sure students' personal lives are also on track....
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12 Facebook Photos You Should Delete Now
About.com  - Feb 13, 2012
We may like to think that only our friends are looking at our Facebook accounts, but anyone who wants to know more about us is likely to investigate our online identities...
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Financial Aid/FAFSA

Make moves now to increase financial aid
CBS News - Feb 10, 2012
If you have a student planning to attend college this fall and are going to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) this year, then planning now can pay off....
Working With Colleges to Find Financial Aid
Huffington Post  - Feb 13, 2012
Many families assume their search for college cash ends when they file the FAFSA (see my blog for January 30). That's really just the beginning -- here's what to know after you hit submit:....
Your financial aid package (a mixed bag)
NorthJersey.com  - Feb 13, 2012
What's uppermost in the minds of high school seniors and their parents — regardless of the economy — is the cost of attending college and whether or not they can afford it:....
For college bound, a look at financial aid changes
USA Today  - Feb 11, 2012
NEW YORK – The mad dash to cobble together money to pay for college will soon be under way....
Dependent or Independent Status for Financial Aid?
About.com  - Feb 15, 2012
I've received several email messages from parents who were upset to learn that their child would be considered a dependent for financial aid purposes even though he or she filed separate taxes and was not claimed as a dependent on the parents' tax forms....

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Consider These 4 Unique College Scholarships
US News & World Report  - Feb 9, 2012
Generally, we think about college scholarships and financial aid as pretty serious business. You spend precious hours searching out opportunities, crafting perfect essays, finding the ideal recommendations, and making sure your application is up to par—and the cost of college is certainly no joke....
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College Events Can Benefit Students, Parents
US News & World Report  - Feb 14, 2012
The college experience offers not only academic and social opportunities, but a variety of other unique experiences as well....
Financial Aid Strategies With a Catch
NASDAQ  - Feb 9, 2012
Your kid is halfway through high school, and the gap between your savings and the cost of college has grown alarmingly wide. Understandably, you want to position your finances, and your student, to attract as much financial aid as possible...
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Private colleges in Vermont create exchange program
Burlington Free Press  - Feb 11, 2012
Fourteen private colleges in Vermont have signed on to an exchange program that will allow a student at a given college to spend a semester at another participating school for no extra tuition cost....
Burden of college costs falling more and more on students
Philadelphia Inquirer - Feb 13, 2012
Everyone at Pennsylvania's public colleges is asking the question, although they're terrified of the answer: What happens if Gov. Corbett continues to slash funding for higher education?...
A pothole in Vermont’s road to college
Burlington Free Press  - Feb 9, 2012
This isn’t the freshest news, but it hasn’t been reported anywhere yet: Vermont’s continuation rate — that is, the share of Vermont’s high school graduates who continue their education — is in decline, after a decade of steady increases...

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Teen Dating

Who’s Got the Power? Reflecting on Healthy and Abusive Relationship Dynamics
New York Times - Learning Network  - Feb 14, 2012
Research shows that one in three teenagers has experienced emotional, verbal or physical abuse from a dating partner, but also that fewer than 25 percent of teenagers have not talked about dating abuse with a parent.....
Huguely trial: Potential jurors asked about domestic abuse experiences
Washington Post  - Feb 7, 2012
The phrase “domestic abuse” often conjures the idea of a couple living together, possibly married with children, so some colleges and advocacy groups have started using terms like “college dating violence” or “teen dating abuse” ....


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