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College Big Picture

Belt Tightening on College Costs
NPR.org - Jan 10, 2012
If you are wondering why college tuition keeps rising, let me tell you the reason: College presidents think thatís what you want. ..
Is higher tuition what the public wants?
BusinessWeek - Jan 12, 2012
Thereís an interesting post and comment stream over at Lou Lavelleís B-schools blog, about an alternative plan for funding a college education in California.. ..
Is higher tuition what the public wants?
Washington Post - College Inc - Jan 9, 2012
If you are wondering why college tuition keeps rising, let me tell you the reason: College presidents think thatís what you want. ..
Bankruptcy Bill Time
Washington Monthly - Jan 10, 2012
One of the more troublesome things about student loan debt in the United States is that, unlike normal consumer debt, it canít be charged in bankruptcy.. ..
College Is Not for Everyone
Huffington Post  - Jan 9, 2012
College is not for everyone. But everyone should be a lifelong learner. D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown is right to want every pupil in the D.C. Public Schools to aspire to the highest possible levels of learning. ..
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

College Admissions: 6 Biggest Lies in College Admissions
GoLocalProv College Admissions  - Jan 9, 2012
Every year, families around the country flock to information sessions and campus tours at colleges. While the vast majority are wonderful, a few misleading themes tend to emerge...
College application is finally in; now what?
San Jose Mercury News - Jan 9, 2012
It is hard for many high school seniors and their parents to believe that the season of applying to college will ever come to an end. But January is upon us and while there are some looming application deadlines...
A Rare Glimpse Inside the Ivy Leagueís Academic Index
New York Times - The Choice - Jan 10, 2012
In an article published on Christmas Day in The New York Times, I described specific elements of the mysterious Academic Index, a tool used by Ivy League institutions ..
The admissions dating game
Boston Globe - Jan 9, 2012
Every day I make choices. Some are minor (what do I wear to school?), some are major (do I want to go to a private school?), and some seem minor but really arenít (do I study for that test or go to the movies with my friends?)...
Tim Tebow: Three Lessons College Applicants Can Learn from the Football Phenomenon
technorati - Jan 9, 2012
Iím not a football fan. I havenít a clue whatís the difference between a down and an up in the game. I am not a Christian. Yet, I somehow am aware of Tim Tebow...
Are Early College Applications Right for Me?
San Ramon Express - Jan 9, 2012
I am a junior at San Ramon High and I want to ask you about early admission. It seems confusing, but next year I know I will need to decide if this is right for me...
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"Does Your Record Reflect Your Ability?" ó College Interview Tips
About.com  - Jan 9, 2012
During your college interview, you might be given the chance to explain a bad grade or weak semester. The question can take a variety of forms, but it will be something along these lines: "Does your high school record accurately reflect your effort and ability?" ...
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On college waitlist? Call to see why and what you can do
Mercer Island Reporter  - Jan 9, 2012
Q: I was wait-listed for my top choice school. Is there anything I can do now? Answer: I think deferrals and waitlists put students in a very difficult position, as it is very difficult to move on when you are still holding out hope that your top school ...

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Managing Millennial Parents
Chronicle of Higher Ed - Jan 6, 2012
Perhaps the most interesting of these characteristics, from a higher-education perspective, was the Millennials' close relationships with their parents...
How Generous Should Parents Be?
Wall Street Journal - Jan 10, 2012
Parents are willing to help out, or bail out, their adult children in many circumstances. But donít expect help if you run up your credit-card bill or want to buy a house...
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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Jan 12, 2012
Counselors Clean Up After the Holidays
Whether or not your school lets you put up a tree, plug in a fire marshal-approved menorah, or put an inflatable Frosty in the hallway, the last ten days in Americaís school counseling offices have been all about cleaning up after the holidays, as only school counselors can... ... More

Mandated community service: Risks and potential
Washington Post - Answer Sheet - Jan 9, 2012
Q) We are facing a proposal to require community service for all high school students. I am very concerned about the mixed message this will send to our students about freely giving of themselves in service to others. ..
Virtual College Counseling for $100 an Hour
Chronicle of Higher Ed  - Jan 9, 2012
In the Internet Age, itís been said, high-school students can search for colleges in their pajamas. Now they can have a face-to-face talk with a college counselor while sitting in their living rooms....

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Financial Aid/FAFSA

Part 1: Answers on the Fafsa, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid
New York Times - The Choice  - Jan 9, 2012
To help readers of The Choice fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or Fafsa ó the form that so many families will begin tackling this mont....
Part 2: Answers on the Fafsa, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid
New York Times - The Choice  - Jan 10, 2012
Part 3: Answers on the Fafsa, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid
New York Times - The Choice  - Jan 11, 2012
Part 4: Answers on the Fafsa, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid
New York Times - The Choice  - Jan 12, 2012
6 reasons to apply for federal student aid
CBS News MoneyWatch  - Jan 9, 2012
This month, millions of Americans have started the annual ritual of completing the FAFSA, or the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. And every year plenty of parents wonder if they should go through the hassle of filling out this federal financial aid form. ...
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8 Things You Need to Know About Private Scholarships
The College Solution Blog  - Jan 10, 2012
Winning private college scholarships can certainly help make college more affordable, but you need to know the realities of competing for college cash. ...
Beware of scholarship scams
Charlotte Observer  - Jan 10, 2012
One way to avoid scholarship scams is to follow the old adage - "if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is." Unfortunately, each year thousands are defrauded by flight-by-night ...
High school resume can win a great deal
Chicago Tribune  - Jan 6, 2012
Unfortunately, like many parents, the shock of paying for college is hitting you so late in the process that you have limited options. But if you act immediately, there's a chance you can make a difference. If it's too late for your daughter,...
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Number of lists ranking colleges proliferate ó and some donít make sense
Washington Post  - Jan 6, 2012
Georgetown University is rated one of the ď10 most hipster campuses.Ē Catholic University is home to not one, but two of the ď15 best dorms in the country.Ē ..
Should colleges promote favorable rankings?
Washington Post - Campus Overload - Jan 6, 2012
Not a month goes by without someone e-mailing to tell me about an awesome new college ranking that I must write about. ..
U.S. News Releases First Review of Online Degree Programs
Education Week - Jan 10, 2012
Not a month goes by without someone e-mailing to tell me about an awesome new college ranking that I must write about. ..
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International Students

What Financial Aid Is Available for International Students?
US News & World Report - UNIGO  - Jan 4, 2012
Navigating the financial aid system can be one of the most important (and confusing!) parts of the college application process. For international students, this process can be even more frustrating. ...
10 Questions for the Dean of Admissions of the University of Pennsylvania
New York Times - India Ink - Jan 4, 2012
To what extent is the process of applying to be an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania, and other selective American colleges, similar for applicants from India (and other foreign countries) ...
In India, The Pressure Cooker Of College Admissions
NPR.org  - Jan 10, 2012
Swaroop didn't even apply to India's top universities, aiming instead for American schools. She wound up winning a scholarship at Princeton....
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Maine early college program gets award
Boston.com - Jan 10, 2012
PORTLAND, MaineóThe New England Board of Higher Education is honoring a Maine program that targets high school students who are undecided about higher education but who have the potential to succeed in college. ..
Survival kit for college-aid morass?
Philadelphia Inquirer (blog) - Jan 10, 2012
The time to submit key financial-aid forms for college has arrived and help is available, the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency announced ..
Study: Vermont funding system evens school financing
Burlington Free Press - Jan 10, 2012
MONTPELIER -- A California consultant has concluded that the way Vermont pays for education has been successful in meeting the state's goal of divorcing property and personal wealth from the level of spending per student...
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Teen Jobs

US teens struggle to find elusive part-time jobs, often competing with displaced older workers
Washington Post - Jan 11, 2012
The economic turmoil that has left many Americans without work is having a disproportionate effect on teenage job-seekers, whose quest for entry-level positions often pits them against experienced older workers willing to take any job for a paycheck....
Obama plan to boost teen employment could be an uphill battle
The Christian Science Monitor - Jan 5, 2012
Uncle Sam used to reach into his deep pockets to pay for programs to keep teens off the streets in the summer and instead get some work experience....
Tough for Teens Finding Work: Stats
NBC Connecticut - Jan 10, 2012
While the nation's average unemployment rate in 2011was 9 percent, the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics said it was almost 25 percent for job-seekers between 16 and 19 years old...


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