Southern Edition | Northeast Edition | MidWest Edition | Archive | Sponsoring |      October 27, 2016
About HS CounselorWeek - weekly email
This weekly email searches main media outlets finding stories that may be of interest to high school counselors, college admission officers and related organizations, with links to the original stories. It is published by de facto, inc., publishers of other e-newsletters.

HS Counselor Week can be added to your school's or PTO's website for free. It's a great way to keep parents and students up-to-date. Just email us if you're interested. Thanks.

Back to top of newsletter

Big Picture

The Man Who Shed Light On Why College Keeps Getting More Expensive - Oct 25, 2016
William Bowen, a scholar and former president of Princeton University, died last week. He is associated with one of the key explanations for just why a college degree keeps getting more and more and more expensive.. ..
When For-Profit Colleges Prey on Unsuspecting Students
The Atlantic - Oct 24, 2016
Without access to counseling in high school, many ambitious yet disadvantaged students still end up in schools where they’re most likely to drop out and accrue lots of debt.. ..
For these college students, the most difficult test may be basic survival
PBS NewsHour - Oct 25, 2016
JUDY WOODRUFF: You will probably be surprised to hear that hunger and homelessness is a growing problem for thousands of college students across the country, particularly among those who are the first in their families to pursue a degree.. ..
Back to top of newsletter

College Admissions Process/Strategies

College Is the Goal. Will These Three Teenagers Get There?
New York Times - Oct 20, 2016
He is Nate in the country and Nathan in the city, torn between two worlds. Nathan Triggs lives with his mother in Topeka on weekdays. On weekends, he drives his scruffy Chevy S-10 pickup truck to his father’s farm outside Holton, population 3,300, about 45 minutes to the north., ..
3 Facts About Aid, Tuition for Out-of-State Students
US News - Oct 20, 2016
Mississippi is a long way from Upstate New York, but Allie Hanson wanted to attend a public university out of state and chose her school based on its aid award. ..
Procrastination – Avoid it
Tribune News Service - Oct 20, 2016
Recently I had a funny ironic moment with a student. We were reviewing his Common Application essay. He had chosen to respond to Prompt # 4 – Describe a problem you’ve solved or a problem you’d like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma – anything that is of personal importance, ..
What a College’s ‘Official’ Acceptance Rate May Be Hiding From You
TIME - Oct 21, 2016
This time each fall, thousands of high-achieving, hyper-involved high school seniors pore over the applications they’ll submit to a crop of the country’s top colleges. It’s a complicated, anxiety-inducing experience for a variety of reasons ..
Going Beyond The College Admission Sales Pitch
Forbes - Oct 25, 2016
When talk of college admission arises, it usually centers on the admission office and its staff. They are the main sources of guidance for anyone interested in their institutions, providing plenty of information ..
Avoid 3 Common Mistakes U.S. Applicants to Global Universities Make
US News - Oct 25, 2016
Studying at a global university can bring an impressive array of benefits: low or free tuition, language fluency, cultural exchange and an impressive resume boost for a 21st century career. Gaining entrance to and maximizing your experience at an international university, ..
The four biggest mistakes students make when applying to college
Washington Post - Oct 20, 2016
A rite of fall has arrived — it’s college admissions season for this year’s high-school seniors. As I’ve traveled around the country in recent weeks to talk about my new book, There Is Life After College, high-school students and their parents have been asking me plenty of questions , ..
College Connection: Information is key to choosing the perfect college - Oct 20, 2016
You can never have too much information when it comes time to make a monumental decision – like what college to attend. The first step is to do your ..
7 Things NOT to Consider When Deciding Where to Apply to College
US News - Oct 26, 2016
Choosing a college can be stressful, but what's even more stressful? Deciding where to actually apply! While the internet is overflowing with factors you should consider when you're applying to college, talking about the things you shouldn't consider seems to be taboo. The application process can be overwhelming (especially when you have your dad helping you with your personal essays ..
Back to top of newsletter


What Happens to Students Who Back Out of Early Decision Offers
US News - Oct 24, 2016
Students accepted to college via early decision are able to nail down their postgraduation plans well ahead of their peers and enjoy the remainder of high school stress-free. But teens generally must attend a school if they get in via early decision. ..
Archives - Letters of Recommendation
Back to top of newsletter

Letters of Recommendation

Make Sure You Get the Best College Recommendation Letters
TeenLife Blog  - Oct 21, 2016
Recommendation letters. Every student needs them. Almost all teachers dread having to write them, especially if they barely know you. That’s why it’s crucial that you prepare and ask the right people to write your recommendations. The letters are a part of the college application process and they should be taken seriously...
Archives - Letters of Recommendation
Back to top of newsletter


Tips for College Visits
ABC-27  - Oct 25, 2016
COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. (WHTM) – Next to a home or a vehicle, a college education is a big investment. That’s why high school students and their parents should take the time to tour colleges and universities....
Archives - Campus Visits and Interviews

Back to top of newsletter


HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Oct 27, 2016
Senior Panic, and What to Do About It Just one look, and you know something’s different. They came to school a handful of weeks ago, nicely tanned, hugely stoked, ready to rule the school. ,.. More
How School Counselors Can Help Your Student
WTAJ - Oct 24, 2016
As the school year is well underway, students may need some additional support to help them cope with growing pains. School counselors are an excellent resource to help your child. They can also serve as a support in difficult times in and out of school. . ..
Back to top of newsletter


Don’t Pay $280,00 for a Bachelor’s Degree
The College Solution Blog - Oct 23, 2016
Plenty of parents, who enroll in my online course – The College Cost Lab – are affluent and highly educated. Quite a few of these moms and dads would like to see their children attend elite schools.. ..
7 Tips to Help Your High Schooler Remain Motivated Throughout Senior Year
Parents Herald - Oct 23, 2016
Often perceived as a benign and expected phenomenon in the last year of high school, "?senioritis ?" is actually laced with many misconceptions regarding its impact - since it can have long-term consequences that may impact your child's futuoler Remain Motivated Throughout Senior. ..
Archives - Parents
Back to top of newsletter


4 Best Places to Find College Scholarships
TIME  - Oct 26, 2016
Simplify your search for free money with these quick tips. Given today’s intimidating college costs, figuring out how to finance your higher education can be just as important as earning admission to a great school. ..
Nonprofit debunks college financial aid myths
Clarion Ledger  - Oct 23, 2016
Get2College, a program of the nonprofit Education Services Foundation, is spending this month debunking the myths about applying for financial aid for college. One such myth? Applying for financial aid for college involves a credit check and obligates the student to take out a loan. ..
How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay
TIME  - Oct 21, 2016
So when you start writing that essay, says Ellis, you should think about two things: Who are the people behind this scholarship looking for? And why are they giving away the money? You should tailor your essay around those two questions ..
5 Misconceptions About College Aid
MorningStar News  - Oct 21, 2016
Many people assume that the FAFSA doesn't apply to them. Perhaps they assume their family's income is too high to qualify for need-based aid, so filling out the FAFSA would be a waste of time. Or maybe they think it's too big a hassle. ..
BBB Tip of the Week: Avoid scholarship scams
The Spokesman-Review  - Oct 23, 2016
Are you going back to school or have a child who is looking to attend a higher education institution in the next year? Paying for higher education is rising exponentially and the offer ..
Students can begin applying earlier for college financial aid
edSource  - Oct 20, 2016
This fall, new federal reforms may ease the anxiety and deadline pressure surrounding what has been a dreaded chore for many families – applying for college financial aid. ..
Archives - FinAid/Scholarships
Back to top of newsletter

Career and Technical Education

‘College Is Not the Only Option’
New York Times - Oct 26, 2016
But the counselors did not assume that all students aspired to go to college. “College is not the only option,” Angela Locke, a guidance counselor, told the audience. “Sometimes it’s not even the best option.” ....
Address Income Inequality through Investing in CTE Skills Training
Huffington Post - Oct 23, 2016
Income inequality is rising across the United States. There are many ways to measure this growing gap in pay, but there is broad-based evidence that it is real. California is an interesting laboratory for examining innovative ways to address the income inequality challenge....
Archives - Career & Technical Education
Back to top of newsletter

Student Athletes

CollegeVine Blog - Oct 26, 2016
Being a high school athlete can be a strong selling point on your college application for a number of different reasons. First, it shows your dedication and discipline, and can often exemplify your leadership skills if you take on the role of a captain or manager. If you are a highly successful high school athlete..
Recruiting Tip: Ask the experts
USA today HSS - Oct 24, 2016
Over the past several years we’ve had the pleasure of interviewing some of the top college coaches in the country. Their perspective on college recruiting is invaluable. Here are some of the highlights. ..
Back to top of newsletter


The Return Of Bilingual Education In California - Oct 26, 2016
Nearly two decades after California banned bilingual education, voters next month will have a chance to restore it. Proposition 58 would officially end the era of English-only teaching and re-introduce instruction in English and a second language as an option. ..
Oregon weighs whether all kids should get outdoor education
NBC-2 - Oct 25, 2016
MOUNT HOOD NATIONAL FOREST, Ore. (AP) - Each year, thousands of Oregon parents hug their kids goodbye and send them tramping into the wilderness for up to a week to learn about their state's natural wonders. ..
Prop. 51: Initiative would provide billions for school renovation and construction
EdSource - Oct 25, 2016
A decade after the passage of California’s last school construction bond measure, voters will have a chance to approve Proposition 51 on the November ballot. ..
Back to top of newsletter

Teen Mental Health

High Rate of Risky Sexual Behavior in Teens With Mental Illness
Medscape - Oct 26, 2016
Young people with mental health disorders have many needs with regard to their sexual health, new research shows. A study that examined sexual health in persons aged 15 to 24 years who were attending a mental health clinic for a variety of mental disorders found low rates of contraception and high rates .. ..
Signs Your Teen Is Mentally Healthy
Huffington Post - Oct 24, 2016
Depression is a big issue among teens. In fact, according to the Canadian Mental Health Association, 3.2 million Canadian youth ages 12 to 19 years old are at risk for developing the mental illness... ..
Online College Fair - CollegeWeekLive


Big Pic
M Health



To view pages in PDF format, you need Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Click the icon for a free copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader:
Get Adobe Acrobat Reader

(Acrobat and the Acrobat logo are trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated)

About This E-Mail
You received this newsletter because you registered your name and email address requesting HSCounselorWeek, or because you are a member of a cooperating organization. To unsubscribe, change delivery options or your e-mail address, see  

Suggestions and feedback are welcome at

How to Advertise
For information on advertising in e-mail newsletters or other advertising opportunities with HS CounselorWeek, contact or visit our sponsoring page.

Send all correspondences to de facto, inc. PO Box 602 Bedford MA 01730 . Neither the US Government nor any agency, nor de facto, inc, nor any of the contractors, subcontractors, advertisers, or employees makes any warranty, expressed or implied including any warranty of completeness, or merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose, nor assumes any legal liability or responsibility for any party's use or the result of such contents of the newsletter. In no event will de facto's liability, if any, exceed the value of the weekly charge for the information provided giving rise to such liability.

Copyright 2005 - 2016 de facto, inc. other newsletters by de facto