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|Private college scholarships less likely to go to poorest students |
PBS Newshour - Apr 17, 2015
Yes, Malachi Zeitner has heard the joking references to Caddyshack, the comedy cult film with Chevy Chase and Rodney Dangerfield about a kid from the wrong side of the tracks who more or less blackmails his way into a college scholarship from the country club where he caddies. ...
|College “bait and switch” |
Hechinger Report - Apr 20, 2015
Financial aid often declines after freshman year. Little-known practice threatens graduation rates, raises debt, say experts. ..
|When a Two-Year College Degree Pays Off |
TIME - Apr 17, 2015
You generally do better with a four-year degree, but sometimes a quicker diploma can launch you on the road to success. Steven Polasck of Corpus Christi, Texas, liked math and science in high school...
|How the Rich Get Into Ivies: Behind the Scenes of Elite Admissions |
Gawker - Apr 21, 2015
A million-dollar full-ride scholarship endowment to an Ivy League school is a good deed. But it doesn’t just earn you karma—it nets you fawning emails from the school’s development officials, customized campus tours for your kids, and private meetings with the school’s president, leaked Sony emails show..
College Admissions Process/Strategies
|Would You Pay $47,000 for the University of Oregon? |
The College Solution Blog - Apr 20, 2015
Last week at the exercise boot camp that I attend on Sunday mornings, I saw a mom who hadn’t been coming to the workouts for several months. The mom is divorced and is trying to support herself as a manicurist........
|Why studying in Canada might be a good option, Part 2 |
The College Solution Blog - Apr 15, 2015
On a recent college tour in British Columbia hosted by the British Columbia Council for International Education we visited several art schools in Vancouver, BC that would give students a great reason to study in BC......
|Countdown to College: 6 Tips to help make the final college decision |
Charlotte Observer - Apr 21, 2015
Just ask any family that is struggling with making the final college choice how envious they are of the families where it was a slam-dunk decision. It’s that time. A final college decision needs to be made and a deposit check needs to be received by May 1.....
|"D" Day for College Is May 1: Four Steps to a Wise Choice |
Huffington Post - Apr 22, 2015
We just passed "tax" day, but if you're a college-bound senior - or the parent of one - "D" day looms on May 1st. That's when students "decide" which school they'll attend, sending an official acceptance letter - with a "deposit" to hold space for the fall and reserve housing....
|4 reasons to notify colleges you will not be attending |
Bay Area College Admissions Examiner - Apr 20, 2015
Many students hurry to send in their tuition deposit to the college they plan on attending in the fall. Unfortunately, many of these students forget about the other colleges that sent acceptance letters......
|What to do if you're wait-listed for college |
NY City Life Examiner - Apr 15, 2015
Did you get wait-listed at one of your top-choice colleges? Depending on your perspective, you can interpret that as either good or bad news. It’s more encouraging than getting rejected....
|College Admissions: The Spring College Tour |
Greenwich Free Press - Apr 20, 2015
I visit each Elite Eight and thirty top-tier colleges and universities every winter, spring, summer and fall. These visits are lots of fun and help me to see, feel and understand the many changes that occur on campuses so that I can discuss them directly with my clients..
|Visiting prospective colleges key to selection |
Scranton Times-Tribune - Apr 19, 2015
IWith nicer weather hopefully on the horizon, high school juniors and their parents should consider visiting some prospective colleges during the upcoming months.
Planning ahead can help families get the most benefits from the campus visits...
|10 Tips for a Fun and Productive College Visit |
TeenLife Blog - Apr 17, 2015
In the past five years, my husband and I have taken our daughters on many college visits. We have found actually being on campus to be a valuable tool for our daughter’s in determining whether a college is right for them. But some visits have been more insightful than others...
| HSCW Counselors' Corners|
Post - Apr 16, 2015
Picking a College? Don't Do This
It's getting down to the wire for members of the Class of 2015, who have until May 1 to put down a deposit at the one (and only one) college they'll be attending.... More
|Model for counseling |
Steamboat Today - Apr 22, 2015
When three school counselors addressed the Taos School Board at a meeting in March, one did all she could to hold back tears. The volume of standardized testing, they contend, is forcing them to give up their primary jobs — addressing the many and ever-changing emotional, social and behavioral needs of students. ..
|The One Question All Parents Should Ask on College Tours |
Yahoo.com - Apr 20, 2015
Sure, it’s important to ask questions about class sizes and financial aid and dorm rooms during each campus tour you take with your teen. But there’s also a question that no one really wants to ask or answer: “How does this school handle the issue of sexual assaults on campus?...
SAT & ACTs
|3 Reasons You Shouldn't Take the New SAT |
Forbes - Apr 20, 2015
The simple fact is that there are numerous good reasons that students shouldn’t take the new SAT next spring — they should opt for the ACT instead...
|Getting More College Aid: How To Appeal |
Forbes - Apr 17, 2015
If you don’t like the initial aid package, or simply want to reduce the amount of loans, you can appeal it. The appeal is called a “professional review,” and you can ask for it in writing to the college’s financial aid office. You are basically making a case why more aid is being requested. ..
|5 Financial Aid Tips That Help You Choose the Right College |
The Fiscal Times - Apr 20, 2015
College acceptances — and rejections — are now out and millions of students are trying to figure out how they are going to afford to go to college. Complicating that effort are financial aid letters sent from colleges, which can be so confusing as to be indecipherable. ..
| ||How to Play the College Financial-Aid Game |
Wall Street Journal - Apr 17, 2015
High-school seniors could be forgiven for thinking that comparing college financial-aid offers requires an advanced degree. The letters have been pouring in over the past few weeks. ..
|Drug Convictions Can Send Financial Aid Up In Smoke |
US News - Apr 15, 2015
Next week will be April 20, otherwise known as 4/20. People in some states may celebrate the occasion thanks to recently relaxed penalties for the use and possession of small quantities of marijuana.. ..
|Voc-Ed Makes A Comeback |
Forbes - Apr 16, 2015
San Jacinto College, south of Houston, had no choice but to schedule a 10 p.m.-to-2 a.m. welding class. That’s how many students were trying to sign up. According to The New York Times, this uptick in technical enrollment has been caused by a surging demand for young people with specialized technical skills...
|Could Vocational Education Be the Answer to Failing High Schools? |
National Journal - Apr 15, 2015
For years, vocational education was dismissed as a path into blue-collar jobs for students who weren't going to college. But as career-training programs have become more diverse, and educators have acknowledged the benefit of practical skills-training for a wider variety of students, perceptions of vocational education are changing....
|R.I. college-aid program faces overhaul |
The National Law Review - Apr 19, 2015
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Governor Raimondo has proposed changing the eligibility criteria for a program that awarded $8 million in scholarships and grants this fiscal year to more than 18,300 students to attend college.......
|Anti-Test 'Opt-Out' Movement Makes A Wave In New York State |
NPR.org - Apr 20, 2015
Across New York state this week, some students are refusing to take a test, and they're not getting punished for it. The test is a Common Core-aligned, federally mandated exam, and students, parents and educators are part of what they're calling the opt-out movement....
|It's Time to Wake Up About Teens Using E-Cigarettes |
Boston.com - Apr 21, 2015
E-cigarettes are a fact of life for teens, and parents need to catch up. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), or more specifically the 2014 National Youth Tobacco Survey, e-cigarette use among teens has tripled in the past year. Since 2011, it's gone up 800 percent......
SATs & ACTs
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