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Big Picture

How can wealthy private colleges better serve low-income students?
PBS - NewsHour  - Jan 24, 2017
Wealthy private colleges: Large endowments, few low-income students. Itís a rare instance of a stereotype matching available data....
Some Colleges Have More Students From the Top 1 Percent Than the Bottom 60. Find Yours.
New York Times - UpShot  - Jan 18, 2017
Students at elite colleges are even richer than experts realized, according to a new study based on millions of anonymous tax filings and tuition records...
Let's end the craziness of college admissions
Washington Post  - Jan 20, 2017
College decisions have started to roll in for high-school seniors who applied early, and for those students who want to go to one of the three dozen or so most-selective colleges in the country, the news is usually not good. As The Washington Post's .......
Uneven Access, Equal Success
Inside Higher Ed  - Jan 19, 2017
Although students who come from wealthy backgrounds are far more likely to attend highly selective colleges than students from poor families, rich and poor students who go to the same college will achieve equal financial success, a new study from the Equality of Opportunity Project found.....
U.S. Applications Way Up at Canadian Universities
Inside Higher Ed  - Jan 25, 2017
Canadian universities are reporting increases of 20 to 80 percent in the number of applicants from the U.S. compared to last year, according to an informal survey conducted by The Globe and Mail......
How student loan servicers affect tens of millions of people
Washington Post  - Jan 20, 2017
WASHINGTON - They aren't well-known. Their names are odd. And what they do - well, it's complicated. Yet student loan servicers - with names like AES-PHEAA and Nelnet - play a key role in the lives of the 44 million Americans who, combined, have ......
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

7 Myths About Religiously Affiliated Colleges You Shouldn't Believe
Her Campus - Jan 23, 2017
When it comes to applying to colleges, it may be intimidating to apply to religious-based schools. Over the years, youíve probably heard family and/or friends tell you about crazy myths that go along with religious universities. ..
Colleges Where Students Actually Enroll After Getting The Nod For Admission
University Herald  - Jan 23, 2017
College-bound students are often tense about being accepted to that dream college or university they applied to. While some are not accepted and are devastated by it (or not), some are accepted into the universities they send applications to. ..
Ways to Avoid College Application Costs
University Herald  - Jan 20, 2017
It is no secret that going to college is expensive but the application for college can be costly too. From campus visits, to tests and application charges, families are already spending a significant amount of money before their students even start officially on college.. ..
How Do Colleges Evaluate Applicants?
Lamorinda Weekly  - Jan 25, 2017
There are many factors that play a role in successful college admissions, and sometimes the decisions of admission officers are puzzling. One student with a very strong academic record may be turned down, while a classmate with less impressive grades is accepted. ..
College Connection: Practical tips for avoiding massive college debt
MyCentralJersey.com  - Jan 19, 2017
When talking about college debt, the statistics are never encouraging. In fact, the story gets sadder each year. The average college graduate from the Class of 2016 owes $37,172, joining the ranks of 44 million borrowers who collectively more than $1.3 trillion.. ..
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Early

What To Do When Your Dream School Says, 'I'm Not That Into You'
Forbese - Jan 25, 2017
Amid the holiday season celebrations many students found out whether theyíd been accepted, rejected or deferred from a first choice college. If the news wasnít good, it can deal a tough blow. Thereís nothing quite as crushing as unrequited love ...
Iíve been deferred, now what do I do? 10 Doís and Doníts
Tribune News Service - Jan 23, 2017
Many colleges and universities loudly and proudly proclaim they are committed to admitting more low-income students. The institutions are sincere, but despite the best of intentions, many of their policies act as barriers to keep most low-income students out, including those students with outstanding academic records...
Archives - Early

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Counselors

HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Jan 19, 2017
5 Questions to Ask When Visiting a College Campus
As we finish most of our college work with the Class of 2017, members of the Class of 2018 are making plans that include college visits. Often built in as part of a family vacation, campus visits can give students a chance to see a college thatís otherwise too far away to visit. ... More

10 Ways To Bond With Your Child's College Counselor
Forbes  - Jan 25, 2017
You want to have a trusting, amicable relationship with your financial adviser, your doctor and your attorney as they lead you through sometimes difficult life experiences. The same principle applies to the person who will help guide you and your high schooler(s) through the college admission process: the high school's college counselor....
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Parents

Ten Ways For Parents Not To Behave During The College Process, Part II
Forbes  - Jan 11, 2017
Holiday decorations have been put away, you're trying to keep up with your New Year's resolutions, and that fruitcake has been re-gifted. It's time to think about gearing up for the college process with your high school junior! ...
Report Finds More People Over 60 Struggling To Pay Off Student Loans
NPR.org  - Jan 18, 2017
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau reports that a growing number of older Americans have taken on student loan debt. For those who can't pay, Social Security benefits are being garnished. ...
College Application: How Parents Can Help Their Children With The Process
University Herald - Jan 21, 2017
For any parent, college application seems to be the culmination of their child's high school career and it is usually a tense and anxious experience. During this time, parents will really be expected to behave in certain ways because they have to deal with conflicting ideas, goals and emotions. ...
Archives - Parents
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SATs & ACTs

The Admissions Game: Analyze Your PSAT
AJT  - Jan 19, 2017
In October, many high school underclassmen took the PSAT/NMSQT examination. For juniors, the test is all-important because it brings to life the fact that the college admissions process is right around the corner...
Archives - SATs & ACTs
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FinAid/Scholarships

Prepare for Financial Aid Award Letter Changes for 2017
US News - Jan 23, 2017
With new federal financial aid changes in effect this year, colleges and universities are altering the way award letters are now handled......
Early FAFSA: Fast, but Will it Go Far?
Inside Higher Ed  - Jan 19, 2017
A little over a year ago, our enrollment team at Augustana College met in retreat to discuss the anticipated impact of prior-prior year submission of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or early FAFSA, as it is called now. ....
4 Things to Get Ready to Complete Your FAFSA Application
ULoop - Jan 25, 2017
Completing the FAFSA is your first step toward receiving financial aid. Completing the application can seem daunting, and the FAFSA has a reputation for being difficult and confusing.....
Archives - FinAid/Scholarships
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Career and Technical Education

CTE program gets a boost by embedding programs in local businesses
Education Dive  - Jan 10, 2017
The Onondaga Cortland Madison Board of Cooperative Educational Services in New York has stepped up its partnerships with local businesses by offerin. ..
Archives - Career & Technical Education
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West

Which California colleges help transform impoverished students into wealthy adults?
Sacramento Bee - Jan 22, 2017
Itís a piece of the American Dream: An economically disadvantaged student goes to college, studies hard, graduates, lands a good job and eventually becomes wealthy. But how often does it happen in California? And which colleges are good at helping launch students from poor backgrounds into wealthy careers?...
California Launches the Nation's Largest Community College Course Exchange
EdSurge - Jan 24, 2017
Even the most driven students are stuck if the classes they need arenít available. At best they have to wait another semester to enroll. At worst they run out of financial aid and drop out of school before they have a chance to take the courses....
Colorado begins review of academic standards after years of avoiding Common Core controversy
Chalkbeat Colorado - Jan 25, 2017
Colorado lawmakers are to be briefed Wednesday on how the state education department is conducting a review of the stateís academic standards, which include the politically controversial Common Core.....
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Teens Drugs

How Iceland Got Teens to Say No to Drugs
The Atlantic - Jan 19, 2017
Itís a little before 3 p.m. on a sunny Friday afternoon and Laugardalur Park, near central Reykjavik, looks practically deserted. Thereís an occasional adult with a stroller, but the parkís surrounded by apartment blocks and houses, and schoolís outóso where are all the kids?...
8 risky teen trends that parents should know about
Salem News - Jan 19, 2017
ITeens are often on the lookout for the latest and most adventurous ways to get ďhigh.Ē They thrive on being independent from adults and adult rules and fitting in with their peers. Some teens will do whatever it takes to demonstrate that they are free and fearless. ..
 
 
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