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College Costs: Rising, Yet Often Exaggerated
New York Times - Economix Blog - Aug 22, 2013
“Soaring college costs” is one of those phrases for which journalists and speechwriters seem to have a save-get key. It’s become conventional wisdom that the cost of attending college has risen far more than the cost of just about any other major item in family budgets....
College: It's not just 'Made in the U.S.A.'
Los Angeles Times - Aug 20, 2013
For many college students, the semester abroad has become a rite of passage. But while many Americans study abroad for a semester or two, it is a rarity for high schoolers to apply outside the United States for their bachelor's degree. ...
ACT's Low College Readiness Rate Foreshadows Common Core Shock
Huffington Post - Aug 21, 2013
Only one-quarter of high school seniors who took the ACT college admissions test this year scored high enough to be considered ready for college or the workforce. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan called the finding "truly disturbing" in a statement to The Huffington Post....
As price of college rises, so does federal aid
Boston.com - Aug 19, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — With college costs continuing to rise, more students are receiving federal financial aid, though state and institutional aid remains largely flat....
Why Colleges Act as They Do
Inside Higher Ed - Aug 13, 2013
Do increases in federal spending on student financial aid drive up college tuitions? Do cuts in state budgets for public colleges impede college-going? Do public and private colleges admit and award financial aid in similar or different ways?....
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

'Where Should I Go to College?'
The Atlantic - Aug 19, 2013
Where should you go to college--assuming you're a high school student and getting ready for this new phase of your life? Where should you encourage your son or daughter to go--assuming that you're a parent?....
To do list for seniors (Part 1) (Video)
Seattle College Bound Examiner - Aug 20, 2013
With senior year getting closer every day, there are a few tasks that students should do before college application season gets into full swing. ....
5 Biggest Mistakes Applicants Make When Putting Together Their College Lists
Huffington Post - Aug 19, 2013
Okay, you're a senior and getting ready to apply to colleges, but the question is... which colleges? Some students begin thinking about college as early as their freshman and sophomore years, ....
Seniors Applying to College: You Need a Plan!
The College Solution - Aug 19, 2013
How do you tackle applying to college? Short answer: with a plan. Map out what you are going to do when and then you work your plan. It is both as easy and as hard as that. Here are 5 tips for making a plan that will help you get your applications done with a minimum of stress and drama....
How to Gain Ground on Your College Application -- and Get Happy On the Way There
True Admission Blog - Aug 21, 2013
It’s official. Your last year of high school has arrived. Right here, and right now. And let’s face it, that’s pretty awesome. Your final year is a big deal for all the obvious reasons, and of course, you want it to be the best year yet--and it can be....
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College Admissions Applications

12 colleges with uncommon application questions
DC College Admissions Examiner - Aug 19, 2013
More than two weeks past the Common Application launch date, about 180 member colleges have yet to post complete applications on the Common App site.....
Countdown to College: Slow down on early applications
Charlotte Observer - Aug 19, 2013
The Common Application went live Aug. 1, and some very eager students have already submitted their applications. Not so fast. Early may not be better. There is applying before the deadline and then there is the crazed family, most typically a parent, who is intent on submitting all the college applications in August....
7 college application mistakes to avoid
CBS News MarketWatch - Aug 6, 2013
(MoneyWatch) The college application season has officially begun. The newest version of the Common Application, which more than 500 mostly private colleges and universities use, is now available to high school students who are eager to get a jump-start on their applications....
How to Make a College Application Stand Out
FoxBusiness - Aug 2, 2013
Rising high school seniors face tough competition in the college admissions pool as the number of applications increases.....
College Admissions: Demystifying Early Admissions 2013
GoLocalProv - Jul 29, 2013
Over the last 10 years, early admission programs have become an increasingly important aspect of college admissions. Many colleges are filling 30-70% of their freshman class via early action or early decision.....
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Visiting & Interviewing

Prepare for These College Interview Questions
About.com  - Aug 20, 2013
If you're visiting colleges in the coming months, your time on campus is a great opportunity to arrange an interview. ...
How to Succeed in an Admissions Interview
Huffington Post  - Aug 20, 2013
Many colleges and universities offer admissions interviews with either admissions staff or alumni in order to get to know prospective students. This is your chance to not only discover how well you might fit into a certain college's environment, but also to present yourself as an ideal candidate for acceptance. ...
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SATs, ACTs, & AP

Top SAT exam tips
Leesburg Career Coach Examiner - Aug 20, 2013
The next SAT examination is fast approaching. Preparation for the October, 2013 exam will take strategy and practice. Time is of the essence, so it's now time to quit procrastination. ....
Prepare for the SAT on a Budget
US News & World Report - Aug 19, 2013
Aiming for a high SAT score doesn't necessarily mean shelling out for high-cost test prep. While big price tags are common in this industry, there are still many options for improving your score on a tight budget....
3 things to consider before enrolling in AP courses
Chicago SAT Prep Examiner - Aug 20, 2013
Eventually, the cosmologists assure us, our sun and all suns will consume their fuel, violently explode and then become cold and dark. Matter itself will evaporate into the void and the universe will become desolate for the rest of time.....
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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Aug 1, 2013
The New Common Application is Here!
August 1 is the big day, when the new version of Common Application debuts. Known as CA4, this new version of Common App offers the same benefits of using one basic form to apply to hundreds of colleges,.... More

The growing business of college prep
Charlotte Observer - Aug 20, 2013
Students, parents, teachers, and school counselors agree on this much: The college-admissions competition has reached a fever pitch.It also has created a new class of entrepreneurs: professionals who make their living by helping students navigate the frenzy....
Matchmaker, Matchmaker
Richmond Magazine - Aug 14, 2013
Life used to be so simple for parents of private high school students. Make sure Jimmy’s report card is up to snuff, dutifully steer him around two or three campuses,....

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Navigating the College Search Beyond Rankings
Huffington Post - Aug 12, 2013
The Princeton Review just released its annual College Rankings Lists. Their 62 categories cover everything from "Best Value" to "Top Party Schools." When it comes to doing your own college research, there are many factors to consider.....
America's Top Colleges 2013
Forbes - Aug 12, 2013
Do college rankings matter? With the price of a four-year education approaching a quarter million dollars, it’s worth paying attention.,.....
Her Campus's 2013 College Rankings
HuffingtonP ost - Aug 19, 2013
Here at HC, we’re plugged into what’s going on at colleges across the country. With a team of more than 3,000 students at more than 200 colleges and universities contributing to our site, .....
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Social Media

Move Over, Facebook: LinkedIn Opens Its Doors to Teenagers
TIME  - Aug 20, 2013
Since the days of Facebook’s Honesty Box, social-media websites have been the safe havens where teenagers go to gripe and gossip away from all the nosy adults in their lives. But times are changing: kids are spending more time carefully pruning their Facebook profiles...
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Saying goodbye to my child, the youngster
Washington Post - Aug 19, 2013
Eventually, the cosmologists assure us, our sun and all suns will consume their fuel, violently explode and then become cold and dark. Matter itself will evaporate into the void and the universe will become desolate for the rest of time.....
Some Advice For Parents Of New College Students
Forbes - Aug 20, 2013
It’s mid-August, and 21 million young adults in the United States are getting ready for college. For many of these students, it is a first-time experience that inspires excitement, optimism and more than a little anxiety....
The High Cost of Senior Year
The Star-Ledger  - Aug 20, 2013
Claudia Mott is a certified financial planner, so to her, budgeting and looking ahead money-wise is second nature. But when her oldest of three kids started his senior year of high school, the Long Hill Township woman was in for sticker shock.....
Parent Eligibility for College PLUS Loans Reviewed
EdWeek - Aug 16, 2013
It may be easier for parents to get for low-interest federal student loans to cover college expenses as a result of new action being taken by the Obama administration......
Beloit College's Mindset List: Clues to Class of 2017
USA Today - Aug 20, 2013
This year's incoming college freshmen were babies starting to crawl about the same time news bulletins started crawling across the bottom of TV screens.....
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The Financial Aid Lingo You Need to Know
Her Campus - Aug 15, 2013
The college admissions process is stressful enough. By the time you get to filling out your financial aid forms, everything might just feel like a confusing, acronym-filled blur. FAFSA? SAR? EFC? Who even knows what all those terms mean? ...
The never-ending scholarship search
MSN Money - Aug 19, 2013
So your kid got enough scholarships and grants to pay for most or all of freshman year. Congratulations! Tell him to keep looking. Yes, the past year was pretty fraught: writing application essays...

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More Massachusetts parents saving for children’s college tuition
Boston.com - Aug 20, 2013
Families in Massachusetts appear to be saving more aggressively for college, as the cost of a degree continues to rise along with the prospect of heavy education debts that could burden their children for many years.....
Bill proposes free college tuition in Pennsylvania
Fox-43 - Aug 20, 2013
Philadelphia – The price of college is soaring. In fact, college loans have now become the second biggest debt a person carries behind their home. A new bill hopes to relieve some of that pressure and make college free FOR public universities in Pennsylvania....
New Jersey’s Top High Schools for SATs
New Jersey Newsroom - Aug 21, 2013
Every high school student can sympathize with the agony of studying, preparing and taking the dreaded SAT. It’s the one test that can make or break your acceptance to college and possibly determine your future. ....
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Kids Involved in Bullying Grow Up To Be Poorer, Sicker Adults
NPR.org - Aug 19, 2013
Bullied children and kids who bully others have more health problems when they grow up than kids who aren't part of the bullying cycle, a study finds. They're also more likely to have financial problems, including difficulty keeping a job......
What exactly is cyberbullying and how prevalent is it?
The Christian Science Monitor  - Aug 13, 2013
By the time I entered high school in 1990, I had already endured three long years of severe bullying. My school, just outside of Boston, Massachusetts, was not particularly welcoming to adolescent boys of my persuasion.......
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