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Big Picture

It's Weirdly Difficult to Find Good College Advising Online
The Atlantic - Dec 5, 2013
The college application process has grown into a complicated and daunting task for high school students across the country, and many low-income high schoolers have to figure out the admissions process on their own....
The Real College Barrier for the Working Poor
Inside Higher Ed - Dec 11, 2013
A recent New York Times op-ed blames the rules and regulations of the federal Pell Grant program for many of our nation’s higher education access and completion problems. ...
When the first in a family goes to college
Minnesota Public Radio - Dec 5, 2013
Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama, Bill Clinton, Sonia Sotomayor: What do these successful people have in common? Each was the first in his or her family to go to college....
College Pays, Sort Of
New York Times - Econimix Blog - Dec 9, 2013
Here’s the good news: Young adults who have finished college continue to earn significantly more than mere high school graduates.....
Parents Worry Schools Overlook Girls Who Aren't College-Bound
NPR.org - Dec 11, 2013
Kyrah Whatley, 17, is a bright student with pretty good grades. But the thought of spending two to four more years in a college classroom is depressing, she says.....
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

Final checklist for seniors
Charlotte Observer - Dec 9, 2013
While many seniors have completed their college applications, there are still lots of procrastinators out there who will wait until 11:59 on Dec. 31 to hit the submit button....
The New Reality of College Admissions
Wall Street Journal Live - Dec 10, 2013
The deadlines for college applications are fast approaching, and young people are facing steep competition among their peers, high tuition, and difficult job prospects on the other side. College advisor Eric Greenberg discusses how to stand out from the field....
The 5 Most Common College App Mistakes (& How to Avoid Them)
Her Campus - Dec 5, 2013
College application deadlines are right around the corner! But before you hit the submit button on your dream school’s application, you need to make sure you’re not making a mistake that could affect your chances of being accepted...
Pesky Grammatical Mistakes That College Admissions Applicants Make (How and Why to Avoid Them)
Huffington Post - Dec 9, 2013
I grew up in the San Joaquin Valley on a family vineyard and attended a four-room elementary school. There were a lot of things missing at that little school (that combined two grades into each classroom), ...
Why Video Is the Future of College Admissions
Huffington Post - Dec 5, 2013
In 2001, an enterprising high school student sent an application to UC Santa Cruz. Her personal essay consisted of a drawn flower whose petals formed the word, "creativity." The center of the flower formed the phrase, "The Courage to Try." ...
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College Tips: Remind students a deferred decision isn't a rejection
The Star-Ledger  - Dec 11, 2013
Decisions on early college applications will start to trickle in this week, and parents and students are bracing for the results. The trickiest answer might just be the deferral, ..
How to stop worrying about college rejection
Washington Post  - Dec 8, 2013
Those applying for college, or close to someone who is doing so, have seen many college guides, and maybe they have even read some of them. ..
Archives - Rejection/Deferment
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College Admissions: What Your PSAT Scores Really Mean
GoLocalProv College Admissions  - Dec 3, 2013
PSAT scores will arrive for anxious high school students this week. These scores mark the time when sophomores and juniors can begin to target colleges that are in range.....
Know When to Cancel Your SAT, ACT Scores
US News  - Dec 3, 2013
Taking the SAT or ACT can be a stressful experience. You study for several months, but you have little control over what will happen on test day. You may get sick, your car might break down or your mind could go blank......
Archives - SATs & ACTs
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"Who Has Most Influenced You?" - College Interview Tips
About.com - Dec 7, 2013
Who has most influenced you? Who is your hero? Who most helped make you who you are today? The questions sound easy enough, and there's a good chance your college interviewer will ask a question like these.....
Tips for College Admission Interviews
Spokane College Examiner - Dec 6, 2013
The college admission process provides a lot of opportunities for prospective students to tell colleges about themselves. Though most colleges do not require an interview for admission....
Seniors: Questions You May Want to Ask in a College or Alumni Interview
True Admissions Blog - Dec 10, 2013
Seniors, over the next weeks, you may be doing interviews at the colleges or, over the holidays, with local alumni. Remember, the interview is a conversation, not a test. But you should prepare...
Archives - Campus Visits & Interviews

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Best Values in Public Colleges, 2014
Kiplinger  - Dec 11, 2013
lot has changed since Kiplinger’s began ranking best-value public colleges in 1998. Back then, total in-state costs—tuition, fees, room and board—rarely topped $10,000. Out-of-state price tags almost always came in below $20,000. And college value was a side topic (for everyone except Kiplinger’s) instead of a national conversation ..
Colleges Pay Attention: How Do Top Ten Rankings Influence Applications?
ScienceDaily  - Dec 10, 2013
Ranked lists are everywhere. If you want to pick out a college, restaurant, hotel, or doctor, chances are there's a Top 10 list that can tell you which ones are the best. ..
10 Colleges Where Graduates Have a Low Average Debt Load
US News  - Dec 10, 2013
"The national share of seniors graduating with loans rose in recent years, from 68 percent in 2008 to 71 percent in 2012, while their debt at graduation increased by an average of six percent per year," . ..
Archives - Rankings & Interviews
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U.S. Department of Education Launches Financial Aid Toolkit
US News University - Dec 10, 2013
Students may soon pick up on a marked improvement in the quality of the assistance they receive from guidance counselors and academic advisers during their college search. ...
Who Should Complete the FAFSA?
The College Solution Blog - Dec 10, 2013
FAFSA season is fast approaching, which always brings questions about who should complete this federal financial aid application. For the 2014-2015 school, year, the Department of Education has issued new rules impacting some parents about who should be completing the FAFSA. ...
Our Financial Aid Checklist -- Part II
True Admissions Blog - Dec 9, 2013
Today, we're pleased to bring you Part II of a checklist of tasks you should be tackling right now to pay for college, courtesy of College Advisor Alice Kleeman. ...
Financial aid season launches with NACAC’s FREE webinar on FAFSA basics
DC College Admissions Examiner - Dec 10, 2013
The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) offers many free resources designed to support students and their families throughout the college admissions process. Most familiar are the NACAC college fairs....
The great college aid game: Five seniors juggle desire and reality
Yahoo News - Dec 10, 2013
December is a tense month for college-bound seniors at New Rochelle High School in suburban New York. A few who have applied through early decision programs could soon learn whether they have been accepted or rejected to their dream schools...
Archives - FinAid/Scholarships
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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Dec 12, 2013
So, you about ready to wind things down at school for the holidays?
As a colleague once said, the end of a calendar year or school year never gives educators a chance to wind things down.... More

How to approach school counselor
Norman Transcript  - Dec 5, 2013
NORMAN — Q: I know I should feel comfortable talking to my child’s counselor, but I am afraid that if I tell her something, she will tell everyone in the school who knows my child....

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Bad parenting on display in HBO Sports documentary
McCall - Dec 11, 2013
have covered high school sports around here for more than 30 years and have come to know my share of parents who have lost a sense of reality when it comes to their own child's athletic career...
12 Things Your Teen Definitely Doesn't Want For Christmas
Huffington Post - Dec 10, 2013
Everybody's favorite annual consumerist bonanza has already taken the nation by storm, so if you're a parent of a teenager (and haven't gotten your shopping done yet), cue your annual gift-giving panic about what to get that hard-to-please person....
Archives - Parents
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Public colleges enter limelight as private tuitions soar
Boston Globe  - Dec 84, 2013
Once overlooked amid the higher education elite of Massachusetts, the state’s public universities and community colleges are stepping into the limelight with increased funding, state-of-the art facilities, honors programs, affordable prices, and higher graduation rates.....
Delaware seeks more college application prep programs
WHYY  - Dec 4, 2013
The Delaware Department of Education has released a second round of grant money in an effort to help more high school seniors in the state apply to college.....
Pennsylvania State Police release comprehensive School Safety Report
Lebanon Daily News  - Dec 10, 2013
The Pennsylvania State Police on Tuesday released its comprehensive School Safety Report for public/private schools, which outlines safety guidelines that can assist school districts in creating a culture where schools and children are safe....
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Bullies Beware: Schools Hire Social Media Monitors
WBUR,org - Here & Now  - Dec 8, 2013
School bullying used to take place in hallways and classrooms. Now much of it happens online, beyond the gaze of teachers, coaches and administrators.....
Online College Fair - CollegeWeekLive


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