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|SPACE AVAILABLE SECTION |
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|Shocking College Graduation Rates |
The College Solution Blog - May 9, 2016
When building a college list, it’s critical to check graduation rates. Paying for college is hard enough without adding a fifth or six year to the tab! And yet most college students do not graduate in four years...
|Why Obama administration wants colleges to admit more felons |
The Christian Science Monitor - May 9, 2016
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Education urged colleges and universities on Monday to remove obstacles that can keep the 70 million Americans with criminal records from seeking higher education....
|College Affordability Diagnosis presents sobering picture of higher ed |
Education Drive - May 6, 2016
Families making less than $30,000 per year have to pay 47% of their income just go to to community colleges in Mississippi, after accounting for financial aid. In Minnesota, it’s 61.5% of family income, on average, among the bottom quintile of earners. ...
College Admissions Process/Strategies
|How Much Student Loan Debt Is Too Much? Here’s a Formula to Figure it Out |
TIME - May 9, 2016
You shouldn't take out student loans that are greater than your expected first-year salary. Much has been made of the student loan problem. While you’d be hard pressed to find disagreement that it’s an issue, there is plenty of disagreement about how bad things really are ...
|Consider saying “No” |
Charlotte Observer - May 10, 2016
Being offered a spot on a college’s wait-list is stressful, unsettling, demoralizing and for some, just not worth the wait.ne student who said “no thanks” to Harvard’s wait-list described it this way, ...
|Openings Still Exist at Great Colleges for Fall |
GoLocalProv College Admissions - May 9, 2016
The National Association for College Admission Counseling has release its annual spring College Openings Update. This list show colleges with space still available for freshmen and transfers as of May 1 ...
|Next steps after the college deposit |
Spokane College Examiner - May 3, 2016
A big sigh of relief! May 1st has come and gone, and college bound seniors have made their decision on which school to attend (or maybe not, but that’s another article). Is it finally time to sit back and relax? No! ...
|Application Essays — the Important First Introduction! |
Huffington Post - May 9, 2016
We have read thousands of private school application essays. We’ve laughed, we’ve cried, we’ve slept through many? A good application essay should be concise, personal and memorable. The following tips will ensure that you will compose a great essay. ...
|5 things you should do during a campus visit |
USA Today - College - May 10, 2016
These days, you can pretty much learn everything you need to know about a college online, including what majors a school offers, acceptance rates, tuition rates and on-campus dining options. Choosing a college is as much an emotional decision as it is an intellectual one, however.. ...
||The Growing Allure Of The Gap Year |
WBUR.org - OnPoint - May 10, 2016
Malia Obama will take a gap year before college. Did you? Should you? What it takes to have a good gap year. Plus, why millennials aren’t giving up dorm living after graduation. ...
|Elite Summer Programs Are Great, But Not Necessary for College Applications |
NBC News - May 5, 2016
TWith summer around the corner, high school students are deciding what to do once school is out — and many are looking for a way to get a leg up in the college application process over the break. One option many consider: academic and enrichment summer programs at college campuses across the country, ...
|5 Reasons It’s Okay to Take the Summer Off |
Her Campus - May 9, 2016
These days, taking time off for yourself seems to be something that is frowned upon. Combined with the need to make money and keep busy, it can be especially difficult to bring yourself to take a break once in awhile. ...
| HSCW Counselors' Corners|
Post - May 12, 2016
The College Application Question No One Wants to Handle
At first, it seems like a simple couple of questions that cause most college applicants no problem. Usually located right after the student’s name, address, senior year schedule, and year of graduation, two fairly long questions appear, both with Yes and No boxes to check:... More
|3 Freshman Year Questions to Ask Your High School Counselor |
US News - May 9, 2016
In some high schools, planning for college does not begin until a student's sophomore year. But freshmen are often in the best position to tailor the high school experience to their college goals since they have several years ahead of them. ..
|School counselors face changing roles, growing need |
SCTimes - May 8, 2016
On a typical day, Rick Larson’s job duties can run the gamut from career counselor to bully buster to cheerleader to therapist.
Larson, a counselor at St. Cloud’s Apollo High School, is never sure what to expect. ..
|What counselors are thinking about ‘PPY’ |
DC College Admissions Examiner - May 9, 2016
Cornell College recently asked college counselors, both school-based and independent, how they were preparing for the changes the Department of Education is making in the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)....
|10 High School Graduation Gift Ideas |
US News - May 10, 2016
Finding a useful yet interesting gift for a high school graduate can be tough. Cash -- Those pursuing work after high school may need cash for gas, rent and a business wardrobe. College-bound kids can always use cash ..
SAT & ACTs
|How to mimic testing situations to prep for the ACT |
USA Today - College - May 9, 2016
When teaching test prep, I tell all of my students that testing is as much about the action of taking the test as it is about concepts on it. It’s a physical and mental slog, and the only way you can truly be prepared is to have experience with testing conditions. ...
|Here's what to do when you can't get enough financial aid |
The Christian Science Monitor - May 9, 2016
College acceptance letters answer one question, but replace it with another: Can you afford it? You might feel extra anxious if your family’s income doesn’t qualify you for need-based aid and you can’t cover college costs out of pocket....
|Parents: Here’s The Scoop on Financial Aid |
Huffington Post - May 10, 2016
Financial aid is an elusive topic that far too many people fail to understand. I’m a graduate of a public university, I hold a bachelor’s degree and an MBA, and I still can’t wrap my head around many aspects of the financial aid process. ....
|CONSUMER REPORTS: PAYING FOR COLLEGE |
ABC 7 Chicago - May 9, 2016
Many high school seniors have to plunk down a deposit on the college of their choice. As they make their decisions, an important factor is the school's financial aid offer. Consumer Reports has advice on how to understand your student's financial aid package and avoid excessive debt.....
Career and Technical Education
||Deep Inside New York's JFK Airport, There's A High School |
NPR.org - May 6, 2016
New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport is among the busiest in the country: More than 1,000 flights touch down and take off each day. More than 50 million passengers hurry through its gates each year....
|Recruiting Tip: Give your coach some help |
USA Today HSS - May 9, 2016
Most coaches are willing to help their athletes make it to the next level, but you have to help them help you. They need direction and guidance in reaching out to programs that are a match for your abilities....
|Education Cuts Prompt Revolt, Despair in Oklahoma |
ABC News - May 5, 2016
Oklahoma is accustomed to being at the back of the class in funding for public education: It ranks 48th among the 50 states plus the District of Columbia in teacher pay and 49th in spending per student. ...
|Zero-Tolerance for Bullying Doesn't Work, Experts Say |
NBC News - May 11, 2016
Zero-tolerance policies aimed at stopping bullying may actually backfire, a panel of experts said Tuesday. Schools need to stop them now — and the federal government needs to organize better ways to stop both physical bullying and cyber bullying — because bullying is a serious national concern, ..
SATs & ACTs
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