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We have been asked more than once to have access to the archives. It sounds easy, but it required some thought on how to make it really useful. We are still working on it but here's what we have so far. Archives you will also see at the end of some of the topic sections a link to the archive for that topic. Let us know what you think. Thanks.
|No, the 'College Bubble' Isn't Popping |
The Atlantic - Jan 9, 2014
When newspaper editors are in the mood to run a good old-fashioned screed about the collapsing value of college, they inevitably turn to Richard Vedder, an Ohio University economist who runs the Center for College Affordability....
|How non-rich people can go to college |
USA Today - Jan 12, 2014
I can't count how many roundtable discussions I've heard asking whether college is still worth the cost. They are important debates; college can be expensive. But most leave out an important point: There is more than one way to go to college....
|What It's Like to Be the First Person in Your Family to Go to College |
The Atlantic - Jan 13, 2014
When Harry arrived at Vanderbilt University in 2008, he became the first person in his family to attend college. His parents were immigrants from Nicaragua, and he had attended a so-called “academically and economically disadvantaged” high school on the North side of Miami....
|Poll Suggests Mentors Influence College Aspirations of Youth |
Edweek - Jan 14, 2014
Among all the strategies to get students to go to and complete college, simply having an adult to encourage them may be among the most promising. A new survey finds the most commonly cited benefit of formal mentoring programs for young people was receiving advice about school issues and school work...
College Admissions Process/Strategies
|How To Show Demonstrated Interest |
True Admissions Blog - Jan 6, 2014
Have you heard of "demonstrated interest"? It's one of those phrases that can cause some confusion for students -- and parents -- as they go through the college application process. ...
|6 hard questions to ask colleges in a tough economy |
DC College Examiner - Jan 10, 2014
The recent announcement of plans to drop seven varsity sports from Temple University’s roster of Division 1 offerings pretty much puts a face on what counselors and other admissions professionals have been warning about the impact of funding cuts on both public and private institutions.....
|Early Applications Growing In Popularity |
Gazette Newspapers - Jan 11, 2014
With the number of high school graduates ebbing, many believed that the competition for early admissions spots among the most selective colleges would ebb as well — quite the opposite occurred....
|Getting a College Admission Deferral |
The College Solution Blog - Jan 13, 2014
What happens if your child recently received a college admission deferral letter? Plenty of students, who applied to schools via early action and early decision applications, have received deferral notices.....
|What to Do When You’re Deferred From a College |
Her Campus - Jan 14, 2014
The biggest benefit of applying to college early decision or early action is finding out whether or not you’ve been accepted to your top choice school as soon as possible. So few things are more frustrating than going through the effort of writing the perfect college essay and taking standardized tests ....
|10 Ways to Ruin Your Next Campus Visit |
Her Campus - Jan 14, 2014
You've finally narrowed down a few of your favorite colleges, and after stacking your desk high with college brochures, you're ready to take the next step. It's time to take a college tour! You have done everything right so far, from juggling extracurriculars to acing your SATs, ...
|Save money (and sanity) in a gap year |
Boston Globe - Jan 13, 2014
THE GAP year — in which college-bound students delay matriculation in favor of travel or community service — twinkles winsomely among choices offered high-school seniors after tossing their caps....
|The Gap in the Classroom |
Huffington Post - Jan 13, 2014
The "gap year," it seems, is here to stay. Along with gelato, 'Parisian chic' skirts and constitutional law, taking a year out before or during college is just the latest of many trends to cross the Atlantic from The Continent....
|Save thousands on college by getting in-state tuition |
USA Today - Jan 13, 2014
Your child has found the perfect state university. Unfortunately, it's in another state with steep out-of-state tuition. But there are ways for out-of-staters to pay affordable in-state rates. Here are four: Gap year? Move!....
SATs & ACTs
|Raise your SAT/ACT scores and get $ for college |
Nashville College Bound Examiner - Jan 11, 2014
Those SAT/ACT scores in college do two important things for you: They can keep you from taking zero credit classes - you still pay for those even though you don't get credit. ...
|Financial Aid Myths – Part 1 |
Charlotte Observer - Jan 13, 2014
Whether it is the parking lot after a PTA meeting or in the stands watching your kids’ basketball game, parents are sharing lots of misinformation about college admissions and especially about financial aid....
|Seven mistakes to avoid on financial aid forms |
Reuters - Jan 13, 2014
Jan 13 (Reuters) - Millions of families will fill out a key financial aid form in coming weeks, many for the first time. Unfortunately, mistakes on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) are easy to make, education experts said....
|The Big Mistake Students Make When Filling Out FAFSA |
Lamorinda Weekly - Jan 15, 2014
As the flurry starts to die down around applying to colleges, there is a new issue for students and their families to consider. Students may have to be just as thoughtful about filling out the FAFSA as they were about completing their college applications.....
|Lessening the confusion over college financial aid forms |
Spokane College Examiner - Jan 8, 2014
January is the time for college bound high school seniors and their parents to begin filling out their financial aid paperwork. The most common form is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid,....
|Can This Student Win an Athletic Scholarhip? |
The College Solution Blog - Jan 8, 2014
The Scoop on Athletic Scholarships There is no need to approach Goucher College or any other Division III about athletic scholarships. Division III schools, which are primarily private colleges and universities, do not give out athletic scholarships. ....
|Youth Sports World Is Insane |
Huffington Post - Jan 10, 2014
Youth sports: a chance to run around, play sports with friends and have fun. At least that's how it used to be. Today, our kids' games have been hijacked by adults who professionalize them and attempt to meet their own needs through youth sports.. ....
| HSCW Counselors' Corners|
Post - Jan 15, 2014
Celebrating Our Work, Even in January
January can feel very hard on school counselors. We help students get over the post-holiday slump and back into the groove of going to school, we prepare for testing, we embrace a new round of schedule changes .... More
|It's tougher to gain admission to Florida's universities |
St. Augustine Record - Jan 13, 2013
In recent years, all of Florida’s public universities have increased the minimum grade-point average requirement for admission. At the same time, the universities have received applicants with higher GPAs and college test scores than ever before.....
|Why Florida Wants To Expand Single-Gender Classes |
NPR - StateImpact Florida - Jan 13, 2013
A handful of public schools in Florida have either all-girls or all-boys classrooms. More could be coming. Rep. Manny Diaz, R-Hialeah, is behind a bill that would have one school in each school district....
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