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There will be no HSCW published next week due to Christmas.
|U.S. University Enrollment Continues to Slide |
Hechinger Report - Dec 11, 2014
Led by continuing drops at private, for-profit colleges, higher-education enrollment declined this fall for a sixth semester in a row, the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center reports....
|Do Need-Blind Colleges Really Exist? |
The College Solution Blog - Dec 16, 2014
Today I am sharing a guest blog post that Jon Boeckenstedt, an associate vice president for enrollment management and marketing at DePaul University in Chicago . ..
College Admissions Process/Strategies
|Following up after Applications are Submitted |
GoLocalPDX College Admissions - Dec 17, 2014
Seniors, you are responsible for making sure that all the needed components for your application have arrived at the colleges you’ve applied to. Tips for getting this done:...
|Mythbuster: Greater prestige doesn’t equal greater happiness |
Charlotte Observer - Dec 15, 2014
Last week I talked about the ill-conceived notion held by many families that due to the high cost of college, they must choose only in-state institutions. Other families unwittingly believe that “all private schools are better than all public institutions.”...
|How Many Colleges Should I Apply To? |
Lamorinda Weekly - Dec 17, 2014
This question ranks among the top five I get asked each admission cycle. Six college applications once seemed quite reasonable. Now eight is more commonplace and some students want to apply to 10 or more. When is enough, enough?...
|4 Ways for Out-of-State Students to Get In-State Tuition |
Her Campus - Dec 15, 2014
So you just got into this fantastic college that makes your parents sigh with relief. There's just one catch—you're an out-of-state student, and the tuition that you have to pay makes you cringe every time you look at the long line of digits....
|The 5 Most Common College App Mistakes (& How to Avoid Them) |
Her Campus - Dec 11, 2014
College application deadlines are right around the corner! But before you hit the submit button on your dream school’s application, you need to make sure you’re not making a mistake that could affect your chances of being accepted. ...
|5 reasons to finish college applications well before the deadline |
Seattle College Bound Examiner - Dec 15, 2014
Every year, students wait till the last minute possible to submit their college applications. Unfortunately, that choice can also turn out to be a costly one. Here are five reasons that will hopefully convince you to get those applications finished and submitted long before they’re due....
|How To Handle College Admissions Rejections |
Forbes - Dec 15, 2014
The current college application period is coming to a close, and the decisions for this Early Decision/Early Action (ED/EA) season have arrived for freshman applicants. Congratulations to those who have been admitted!....
|What to Do If You Are Deferred |
Huffington Post - Dec 15, 2014
We know that application numbers this season are way up. It's quite possible that you are a qualified student who has been deferred from your first choice college. Thousands of college applicants have been deferred for consideration during the regular admission cycle....
|College Admissions: Handling Early Admission Rejection |
GoLocalProv College Admissions - Dec 10, 2014
For many seniors around the country, early admission returns have begun to roll in. For some, it is a time of exuberance because they have been accepted to their first choice college. But for others, it is a time
of exasperation over deferrals, or worse, disappointment over rejection.....
|How not to bomb the dreaded college application essay |
Washington Post - Dec 17, 2014
This is the fifth post in a continuing series about a high school senior attemping to navigate through the college admissions process. She is Samantha Fogel, a student at The Derryfield School, a private college preparatory day school for grades six through twelve in Manchester, New Hampshire...
| HSCW Counselors' Corners|
College Admissions Trends to Watch in 2015
Post - Dec 17, 2014
2014 has been a remarkable year in college admissions, and next year promises to be no less exciting. Some trends will build on the changes that occurred this year, and some will seem to come out of nowhere. Either way, here’s what you’ll want to watch for in 2015:... More
|Helping Students with Learning Disabilities Transition to College |
The Journal - Dec 16, 2014
As an occupational therapist and assistive technology specialist for Florida's Alachua County Public Schools, Elisa Wern works with students who have various learning disabilities — such as dyslexia, dyscalculia or a lack of executive functioning — every day.....
|8 Reasons to Take a Year Off Before College |
Her Campus - Dec 10, 2014
As college acceptance letters come pouring in and your classmates get more and more excited about this next chapter, you’re feeling a little more anxious—and not the good kind of anxious. ...
SATs & ACTs
|5 Online ACT Facts Students Need to Know |
US News - Dec 15, 2014
Beginning in 2015, the ACT will be available to select high schools in an online format. While the ACT has no current plans to eliminate its paper test, the online exam is an interesting new development in college admissions testing. ....
|Who needs SAT Subject Tests anyway? |
DC College Admissions Examiner - Dec 15, 2014
College-bound juniors beginning the process of scheduling standardized tests for the next few months may want to cover all bases by investigating the need to take SAT Subject Tests or what used to be labeled SAT II’s by the College Board.....
Career & Technical Education
|Community college programs can lead to big payoffs |
Minnesota Public Radio - Dec 11, 2014
When it comes to higher education, we've all heard the talking points: More people than ever are pursuing four-year degrees — despite skyrocketing tuition costs — because they don't have many other choices if they want to be competitive in the workforce....
|Preparing for the 2015 FAFSA |
Spokane College Examiner - Dec 15, 2014
When high school seniors have completed their college applications it is time to sit back and relax, right? Not necessarily! If financial assistance will be important in attending college, there is more work to be done...
|Financial Aid Haggling: How Far Can You Go? |
Fiscal Times - Dec 11, 2014
My daughter learned this little ditty in preschool: "You get what you get, and you don't get upset." Parents who are convinced they can haggle their way to a better financial aid package might want to learn it, too -...
|Father admits to falsifying financial aid data |
Boston Globe - Dec 11, 2014
The father of a former Harvard University student has pleaded guilty in federal court to falsifying his income so his daughter could be awarded more than $160,000 in financial aid from the prestigious college and the federal government....
|Best College Values, 2015 |
Kiplinger Personal Finance - Dec 17, 2014
Our new combined rankings show how public and private colleges stack up against each other ....
|A winding path through college: Some students are bound to transfer |
Washington Post - Dec 11, 2014
Nearly 70 percent of high school graduates in Minnesota go straight to college. But some take a circuitous route through college, zig-zagging from one campus to another. Perissa York, who is attending the University of Minnesota, likely will be one of them. She plans to transfer to the University of Tampa....
|HIGH SCHOOL COUNSELORS EDUCATED ABOUT FINANCIAL AID |
Whiz News - Dec 12, 2014
Once a student is accepted into college the next step is determining how much financial aid they are eligible for. Because of this, it's important for high school councilors to be educated about financial aid....
|Missouri bill would ban aid for immigrant students |
St Louis Post-Dispatch - Dec 14, 2014
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. • Some Missouri student immigrants spared from potential deportation could qualify for the same community college scholarships as state residents who are citizens under a proposal under fire from a Republican lawmaker...
|New rules push high schools to better prepare kids for college |
ChalkBeat - Dec 16, 2014
A stubborn and costly problem for first-year students at Indiana colleges stems from a simple but frustrating fact: About 28 percent of them simply aren’t fully prepared to do college work, even if they got good grades in high school....
|To Stop Teen Drinking Parties, Fine The Parents |
NPR.org - Dec 15, 2014
When it comes to teenage drinking, the typical venue is a party — where some teens play drinking games and binge. It may surprise you to learn that the majority of parents are aware that alcohol is flowing at these events. ....
SATs & ACTs
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