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What happens when colleges warn students about loan debt? PBS.org - NewsHour - May 19, 2016 What if lowering student debt was as easy as sending students a letter? Indiana University officials say borrowing by undergraduates at the school has dropped 18 percent since 2012. That’s when the university began sending students annual letters that estimate their total loan debt . ..
Uncertainty, Unpredictability, Chaos Inside Higher Ed - May 24, 2016 Next year will be disruptive and confusing for students, families and most colleges in the admissions process, argues W. Kent Barnds, who wonders how so many changes can be good.. ..
College Applications That Cross a Line New York Times - May 23, 2016 The Obama administration is rightly urging colleges and universities to re-evaluate how they use criminal-record information in admissions decisions. By asking about criminal convictions on their applications, the schools discourage applicants who are capable of performing academically. ..
Social Media – think before you post College Admissions Strategies - May 23, 2016 Stories abound of students and even teachers sharing inappropriate items on social media. You would think students who are about to apply to colleges and be evaluated by admissions officers would know better. ..
College Admissions: How a College Can Take Back Your Acceptance GoLocalProv College Admissions - May 23, 2016 According to the National Association for College Admission Counseling, about 35% of colleges report rescinding college acceptances. In fact, the University of California and the University of Colorado typically take back several dozen acceptances each year . ..
How to Pick a College: Part 5 Special Collections Huffington Post - May 24, 2016 Academic life changes greatly from high school to college. Think back to the difference after transitioning from middle school. Topics and assignments grew more refined and specialized. The same jump will occur because of the vast intellectual offerings and facilities that can support academic inquiry. ..
How to Pick a College: Part 4 Project Support Huffington Post - May 23, 2016 Original research, the hallmark of academic study and a staple of graduating with honors, serves as the cornerstone of the academic world. Universities pride themselves in the groundbreaking discoveries their professors and other researchers contribute to the zeitgeist. ..
7 Ways to Get Excited About a Second-Choice College Her Campus - May 18, 2016 The college process is pretty stressful for everyone, no matter your circumstances or the schools you’re looking at. For this reason, it is really disheartening when all of the work doesn’t quite pay off and you don’t get into the school you were aiming for.. ..
Two women, two applications and an industry that’s lost its center DC College Admissions Examiner - May 23, 2016 A drama, which began over two years ago with the abrupt resignation of long-time Common App executive director Rob Killion and continued with two years of “interim” leadership under Paul Mott, came to a happy conclusion last week with the announcement of Jenny Rickard. ..
How to Write the Best College Admissions Essay TeenLife Blog - May 24, 2016 The college admissions essay is perhaps the most dreaded part of the college application process. The essay creates frustration for students, stress for parents, and an overall feeling of dread as the deadline for submission approaches. ..
How My Gap Year Transformed Me From Lost High School Kid to Prepared Young Adult Huffington Post - May 25, 2016 When I made the decision to take a gap year, it wasn’t a big deal. I supposed I would find a job and earn some money, then travel somewhere far away and have an incredible adventure, all while embarking on an insightful path of self discovery to meet the end goal of “finding myself.” ...
4 College Application Strategies for Gap Year Students US News - May 24, 2016 Taking a gap year before college – as President Barack Obama's daughter, Malia, plans to do – can be an enriching opportunity. Whether traveling, working or volunteering, the year off after high school can open new paths. ...
A 'gap year' ?” not as simple as it appears ?” Part II North Jersey - May 22, 2016 Last week I began a two-part discussion on the hot topic of a "gap year" for high school graduates (hope you saved it) and, in passing, said that while Malia Obama's highly visible decision to take on...
HSCW Counselors' Corners Post - May 26, 2016 The 5 Minute Evaluation Program School counseling has come a long way as a profession in a short amount of time. From updated ASCA standards to a new array of formatting data to being honored at the White House Aid... More
Do You Need a College Counselor For College Admissions? Huffington Post - May 19, 2016 College admissions is a complicated process and it has been reported that at some schools almost 75% of students take tutoring and college counseling help. This is primarily because of a rapidly growing applicant pool - students can now apply online through the Common App ..
To Get Your Kid Into a Great College, Do These 7 Things This Summer TIME - May 24, 2016 Time is on your side—if you start now. The sun is shining, the ice cream man is making his rounds, and the lucky pencils used for finals have been worked down to their nubs. It’s officially summer, and the last thing your soon-to-be high school senior wants to do is scour college websites or draft application essays. ...
How Important are SAT and ACT for college admissions? Huffington Post - May 20, 2016 One of the most frequent questions we get at Synocate is how important academics are for college admissions. Specifically, many students ask us about standardized tests and GPA. In this article, we will break down the frequently asked questions about standardized tests, . ..
hy Test-Optional Colleges are Too Good to Be True TeenLife Blog - May 23, 2016 Not every student tests well. Some excel in completing tests and others struggle with the time constraints and stress, even if they take a college test-prep course or have a tutor. But standardized tests like the SAT and ACT are often one of the key components of a college application ..
How Much Financial Aid Will I Get? Forbes - May 19, 2016 Predicting your financial aid is very difficult and bears little correlation with the published tuition of the institution. You are likely to get a larger grant at institutions where you will improve the institution’s statistics...
The 10 Most Common Financial Aid Mistakes — And How To Avoid Them WiseBread - May 23, 2016 For many students, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is crucial to making college affordable. While the application process can be greatly rewarding, that doesn't mean it's easy. FAFSA is riddled with confusing acronyms and financial lingo...
5 Things to Know About Financial Aid in Online Degree Programs US News - May 23, 2016 A college or graduate school education can be costly for on-campus and online students alike, but there are ways to ease the burden of a hefty price tag. When it comes to financial aid, prospective online students – just like traditional students...
Recruiting Tip: Your FREE recruiting resources USA Today HSS - May 23, 2016 In today’s world of online profiles, showcases, club teams and recruiting services you could spend a small fortune tracking down your college scholarship. Meanwhile, there are many recruiting resources that come with no price tag. ..
'Top 10 percent' rule for college admissions faces a new challenge WCAI.org - May 23, 2016 Traditionally, Texas students who ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school class, by grades, were guaranteed admission to any public university in the state. The top 10 percent law was designed to increase access to the state’s top public universities. . ..
State House approves reducing required testing WCAI.org - May 23, 2016 OKLAHOMA CITY – With less than one week to go in the legislative session, members of the Oklahoma House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a bill Monday that eliminates the controversial high school end-of-instruction tests and reduces the amount of required exams in third- through eighth-grades. ..
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