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|Obama plan would make community colleges nearly free for millions |
Los Angeles Times - Jan 8, 2015
Aiming to dramatically expand access to higher education, President Obama on Thursday proposed making community college virtually free for millions of high school graduates — a potential boon for California's system, the largest in the nation....
|The high cost of free community college |
CBS News - MoneyWatch - Jan 12, 2015
President Obama generated a huge amount of press recently when he unveiled an ambitious proposal to make community college free for tens of millions of Americans......
|A 'sizable decrease' in those passing the GED |
Minnesota Public Radio - Jan 9, 2015
One year after the launch of a major overhaul of the GED exam — the first since 2002 — the high school equivalency program has seen a sharp drop in the number of people who took and passed the test.....
|For-Profit Colleges |
NPR.org - Jan 9, 2015
For-profit colleges say they give the poor, people of color and immigrants access to a higher education that they otherwise wouldn't have. But critics say it may be a way to make more money.....
College Admissions Process/Strategies
|5 Strategies to Strengthen College Applications With a MOOC |
US News - Jan 12, 2015
Massive open online courses have been changing how Internet-savvy students learn since they first appeared in 2008. Originally hailed as a revolution with the power to make traditional colleges obsolete, MOOCs are now often seen as a supplement to in-person education,...
|Common App unveils new pricing plan |
DC College Admissions Examiner - Jan 12, 2015
Just in time to ring in the New Year, officials at the Common Application unveiled a new, three-tier pricing plan along with a price guarantee feature for those institutions willing to pay memberships fees ahead for up to a maximum of five years..
|7 Ways to Stay Calm When Waiting for College Decisions |
Her Campus - Jan 12, 2015
ou do a ton of work applying to college— prepping for the SAT, gathering all of your application materials and writing the perfect college admissions essay—so it’s only natural for you to be anxious to hear back as soon as you send it all in, right? ....
|Early Admission Reject? Blame the Seven Sisters |
Bloomberg - Jan 13, 2015
By now, thousands of U.S. high school seniors who applied for early decision from the university of their dreams have found out whether their hopes have been fulfilled -- or dashed...
| HSCW Counselors' Corners|
Putting New Life in Scheduling Time
Post - Jan 14, 2015
The task school counselors love to hate is back. No matter how often we point out that we never had a graduate course in Scheduling, principals find a way to make sure our winter months are filled with bubble forms and spreadsheets ... More
|Students need to make time for a good night's snooze |
San Jose Mercury News - Jan 12, 2015
It is no secret that teens are not getting enough sleep these days. With endless screen time, mounds of homework and crammed schedules, teens are sacrificing sleep just to keep up....
|Spying on College Life, via Yik Yak |
New York Times - Jan 11, 2015
I’m a recovering helicopter parent with an only child who is now in college. The transition for her has been wonderful, almost seamless. For me, not so much....
|More High School Students Considering ‘Gap Year’ |
TWCNews - Jan 12, 2015
Eight months after graduating from high school, things are going well for Alaina Ring. She is currently in the middle of her gap year, a growing trend where high school seniors don't go to college right away. ..
SATs & ACTs
|How to begin preparing for the new SAT Essay now |
SAT Prep Examiner - Jan 8, 2015
Next spring, the first Redesigned SAT will be offered to students. If you are a freshman, sophomore, or junior in high school, you are most likely aware that this admissions staple has undergone tremendous change – after all, it has been the subject of numerous articles! Occasionally, ..
Students With Disabilities
|Save big bucks with these FAFSA tips |
Charlotte Observer - Jan 12, 2015
If you hope to score any need-based aid, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Many families assume they won’t receive aid and don’t bother to file the form....
|College Admissions: 6 Costly Financial Aid Mistakes to Avoid |
GoLocalProv College Admissions - Jan 12, 2015
If you have a senior in high school, the next few weeks are critical in the financial aid process. While federal financial aid deadlines (FAFSA) may stretch into the summer, college-based aid is most plentiful now. ...
|Answering Your FAFSA Questions |
The College Solution Blog - Jan 12, 2015
Now that we’re officially into the 2015-2016 FAFSA season, I wanted to share some questions that I’ve gotten about financial aid forms via my blog and my popular online courses for professionals and for parents. If you have your own questions, please leave them in the comment box below.....
|ACT appeals loss of Michigan contract |
MLIve - Jan 13, 2015
The ACT has launched an appeal of last week's decision to award the state's high school testing contract to the company that produces the SAT. The ACT college entrance exam has been part of Michigan's testing system since 2007.....
SATs & ACTs
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