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Big Picture

How The Cost Of College Went From Affordable To Sky-High
NPR.org - Paying for College - Mar 17, 2014
If you want to get an earful about paying for college, listen to parents from states where tuition and fees have skyrocketed in the last five years. In Arizona, for example, parents have seen a 77 percent increase in costs. .....
ďKid, Iím Sorry, but Youíre Just Not College MaterialĒ
Slate Magazine - Mar 19, 2014
Itís an article of faith in the school reform community that we should be striving to prepare all students for success in collegeóif not a four-year degree, then some other recognized and reputable post-secondary credential. ....
How Higher-Ed Lobbyists Are Keeping You in the Dark
The College Solution Blog - Mar 15, 2014
Want to know why you canít obtain the average salary figures for graduates of a particular school? You can direct much of the blame to powerful lobbyists for the nationís private, nonprofit colleges and universities....
States See Very Different FAFSA Completion Rates
Washington Monthly - Mar 17, 2014
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is an important document for aspiring college students, particularly poor ones, to complete because it determines a studentís level of financial funding....
Are American students grossly unprepared for college?
Washington Post - Mar 17, 2014
It has become a common refrain from school reformers that a very large percentage of high school graduates must take remedial classes when they get to college. Are they right? Award-winning Prinicipal Carol Burris of South Side High School in New York looks at this issue in the following post...
Using Salary Prospects to Choose a College Major
Wall Street Journal - Mar 17, 2014
The only thing growing faster than the sticker price on a college education may be the debate around the value of oneóparticularly if a student majors in something with no obvious pathway to a decent job.....
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

Are You Maximizing Opportunities for College Acceptance?
Huffington Post  - Mar 18, 2014
As high school seniors work away on their applications, questions frequently arise regarding how admission decisions are made. Here are some things to keep in mind:....
Students submitting more applications than ever
DC College Admissions Examiner  - Mar 19, 2014
The average college applicant is submitting more applications than ever before, according to UCLAís Higher Education Research Institute (HERI)....
Balancing College Dreams With Financial Realities
NPR.org - Paying for College - Mar 17, 2014
Earlier this month, President Obama flew to Miami to take the stage in front of a gymnasium full of high school seniors. He came to Coral Reef High School to address a subject near and dear to his audience: better access to higher education.....
College Admissions: Avoiding Senioritis and Spring Meltdown
GoLocalProv  - Mar 17, 2014
Itís an insidious and highly contagious disease. No one really talks about it, and the American Psychological Association doesnít recognize it, but nevertheless, it exists. It affects only a small subset of society, high school seniors, and strikes almost exclusively in the springtime....
Freshmen Cite Reputation, Cost Factors in College Choice Survey
US News - Mar 13, 2014
College freshmen care more about reputation more than rank. That's one of the findings of a recent survey by the University of CaliforniaóLos Angeles, which asked 165,743 first-year students at 234 U.S. four-year colleges and universities who entered college in fall 2013 .....
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Deciding/Rejection/Deferred

A Spoonful of Sugar for Waiting College Applicants
Huffington Post - Mar 17, 2014
Perhaps just a spoonful of sugar will help the college admissions decisions go down. Take a cue from the popular children's song in the movie, Mary Poppins; the "A Spoonful of Sugar" song could very well be a metaphor for life, reality and pain -- or the college admissions process!....
March brings letters of acceptance, rejection for students
Half Moon Bay Review - Mar 13, 2014
For students and parents across our land, March is D-Day, Christmas, a bar mitzvah and despair all rolled up into one depending upon the contents of an envelope from a college.....
Best Advice for the Wait List
True Admissions Blog - Mar 17, 2014
As decision letters roll in, some students may find themselves waitlisted. If placed on a waitlist, you havenít been accepted and you havenít been denied. Youíre in limbo, and that can be stressful. Students rarely anticipate they will be placed on a waitlist at one of the colleges where they have applied...
Best Advice for the Wait List: Part II True Admissions Blog - Mar 18, 2014
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SATs & ACTs

SAT: Itís the test everyone loves to hate
Charlotte Observer - Mar 17, 2014
The New York Times Magazine story led with the following graphic: The SAT is hated by: A. Stressed-Out Students; B. Frustrated Educators; C. Hamstrung Admissions Officers, D. Anxious Parents and a bubbled in E. ďAll of the Above.Ē....
The Story Behind the SAT Overhaul
New York Times Magazine - Mar 6, 2014
In July 2012, a few months before he was to officially take over as president of the College Board, David Coleman invited Les Perelman, then a director of writing at M.I.T., to come meet with him in Lower Manhattan....
6 Ways to Decrease SAT Test Stress
Huffington Post - Mar 17, 2014
S.A.T. -- three letters that cause high school kids (and their parents) a lot of stress. I work with teens and families and I teach them solid ways to combat the worry that accompanies the SAT so they can ace it.....
3 Keys for Success on the ACT Science Section
US News - Mar 17, 2014
The science portion of the ACT can seem overwhelming to manage, especially since the knowledge base required can, at face value, appear to be a bit random. But don't worry if you are unaware of lava production rates in the Precambrian period or the characteristics of monarch butterfly migration patterns....
Archives - SATs & ACTs
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Counselors

HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Mar 19, 2014
Defending the SAT. Really.
Even after College Board updated the SAT in 2005, critics called the test irrelevant. That version continued to test studentsí understanding of arcane words students didnít know. In addition, the essay portion added to the 2005 test was ridiculed for rewarding students to write in ways that are contrary to effective writing methods for college,... More

UMinn. Study: School Start Times Affect Grades, Health
KSTP - Mar 13, 2014
Landmark research is out Wednesday that affects high school students. For the first time, University of Minnesota researchers say there's conclusive proof that grades go up....
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Visits/Fairs and Interviews

9 Things NOT to Do on a College Tour
Her Campus - Mar 18, 2014
The college decision process isnít over yet, pre-collegiettes! As the application period ends and the acceptances start rolling in, itís time to make the final decision: which school will you attend? One good way to help narrow down your list of potential colleges is to visit each school......
Juniors: Strike up a conversation with students while visiting campus
True Admissions Blog - Mar 18, 2014
You got the admission office perspective at the info session and on the tour, but donít forget to get the unofficial perspective during your downtime on campus. ....
How to Plan a College Visit Road Trip Over Spring Break
Her Campus - Mar 14, 2014
Spring break is right around the corner and pre-collegiettes from all across the country are beginning to plan their long-awaited college visits. It is a prime time for visiting colleges and checking out which schools pique your interest...
Dos, Doníts for College Admissions Interviews
The Missourian - Mar 15, 2014
Itís college application time and your teen has taken the SAT or ACT, kept up his or her grades, written a stellar essay and completed all college applications. There is one more piece to the college admissions puzzle that could potentially gain your teen the acceptance he or she seeks: the college admissions interview...
Archives - Visits/Interview

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FinAid/Scholarships

Navigating The College Money Maze
NPR.org - Paying for College - Mar 17, 2014
It's that time of year again for anxious students and their families. College acceptance letters are coming in, and federal financial aid forms are going out. That means thousands of students and families are starting down the road of deciding where to go and how to pay for it all.....
The Boring but Crucial Federal Form That Helps Kids Get to College
The Atlantic - Mar 18, 2014
President Obama wants every high school student in America to apply for federal financial aid. "Even if you think you might not qualify for financial aid, fill out the form. You might qualify,....
Archives - FinAid/Scholarships
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Parents

College Admissions Season: When the Answer Is No
New York Times - Mar 19, 2014
The envelope came on a Friday in March ó the last day of the last week of a college acceptance season that had been dragging on since early admissions began in October.....
What to Expect When You're Accepting: A College Cost Checklist for Parents
Huffington Post - Mar 18, 2014
The families of John Hancock College Preparatory High School, on Chicago's South Side, are lucky to have Hector Gonzalez, a 32-year-old family outreach coordinator. When I met him on a listening tour with the President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability a few years ago....
How to claim a $2,500 college tax credit
CBS News MoneyWatch - Mar 17, 2014
If you've got children in college, you could be eligible for a valuable tax credit when you file your taxes this year. The American Opportunity Tax Credit could knock $2,500 off your tax bill for your child's college expenses. .....
Paying For College: No Easy Answers For Many Families
NPR.org - Paying for College - Mar 17, 2014
The math is clear: College pays off. Among Americans ages 25 to 32, college graduates earned $17,500 more than high school graduates in 2012 ó the largest pay differential ever, according to Pew Research. When it comes to earnings,....
Archives - Parents
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Resources

New custom college ranking website helps parents and students
Long Island College Prep Examiner - Mar 18, 2014
Thereís a new online college ranking system available for parents and their college-bound students. CustomCollegeRankings.com was created by a mom who went through the college process with her own children and wanted to make it easier for others. ....
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Stress

The Dark Side Of Getting Into College
WBUR.org - Mar 15, 2014
For high school seniors, April marks the conclusion of a different type of marathon ó one of emotional highs and lows that strike a deep nerve in each studentís sense of self-worth and the validation sought by their invested parents and educators....
10 Tips to Help Your Teen Manage Their Stress
WWLP - Mar 14, 2014
CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal) Ė According to a study, American teens report stress levels on par with adults, and during the school year, itís higher. Clinical Psychologist Dr. Elaine Ducharme, shared tips to help our teens deal with stress....
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Northeast

Easing pre-college anxiety
WCAX.com - Mar 19, 2014
The Vermont Student Assistance Corporation is giving high school students the jump start they need to prepare for the college application process with workshops at Saint Michael's College....
N.J. schools to guide students on using social media
Philly.com - Mar 19, 2014
Starting next school year, New Jersey public school districts will be called on to teach middle schoolers about responsible use of social media, according to recently passed legislation.....
State to ante up for school counselors
Herald Online - Mar 17, 2014
A proposal to budget $1 million to hire 40 more mental health counselors to work in the stateís schools is no panacea. But increasing the number of counselors is likely to help some children deal with problems that might otherwise derail their educational progress...
School suspensions down in RI after adoption of new rules on truancy suspensions
The Republic - Mar 18, 2014
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island ó School suspensions are down in Rhode Island and a report is giving credit to a new state law that prohibits schools from giving out-of-school suspensions to truant students....
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Teen Driving

Balancing College Dreams With Financial Realities
NPR.org  - Mar 19, 2014
Many teen drivers are earnest when they say they know the risks of drinking and driving or texting behind the wheel. But it seems many either ignore those dangers or don't fully understand what it means to drive safely....
Riding with impaired drivers tied to riskier teen driving
Fox News  - Mar 17, 2014
Teens who've been in cars with impaired drivers may be more likely themselves to get behind the wheel drunk or drugged, a recent study suggests. And the more times they're driven around by an impaired driver, the more risky their own driving habits become....
 
 
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