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Summer Resource Guide - 2013

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College Big Picture

Colleges Struggle to Connect With High-Achieving Poor Students
ABC News/Univision - Mar 18, 2013
Admission to college is often seen in poor, minority communities as a ticket to a better life, but most of the nation's top-scoring low-income students don't apply to the country's best schools.....
A Truly Devastating Graph on State Higher Education Spending
The Atlantic - Mar 20, 2013
Are you a fan of public higher education? Yes? Then prepare to be upset. Outraged even. The chart below from the Center On Budget and Policy Priorities estimates how much each of the 50 states has slashed per-student funding .....
An alarming drop in state support for universities
CBS News MoneyWatch - Mar 18, 2013
(MoneyWatch) The amount being spent per student at public colleges and universities has sunk to its lowest level in at least 25 years....
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

How to make the most of the confusing college fair
Charlotte Observer - Mar 19, 2013
Here’s what a parent shared with me about his recent college fair experience, “I walked in and was overwhelmed, while I was there I got lost and when I left I was confused.”.....
College Admissions: The Myth of Higher Selectivity
TIME - Mar 20, 2013
One of the most persistent concerns I hear from parents is that it’s harder than ever for their children to get into selective colleges. They cite ever dropping acceptance rates among top schools and the rapidly increasing numbers of applications that the most selective colleges receive year over year as evidence...
College Admissions in the Age of the MOOCs
Huffington Post - Mar 19, 2013
Welcome to the age of the MOOCs. The acronym might sound like a character out of Star Wars, but MOOCs -- "massive open online courses" -- are real....
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Waiting & Deciding/Rejection

On College: Waitlisted? The admissions waiting game continues
San Jose Mercury News - Mar 18, 2013
I look forward to this time of year every year -- the time when college decisions are released. It marks years of hard work. It also brings with it hope for the future and a new beginning. And while we celebrate acceptances and grieve denials,...
Seniors: Here are the Wrong Reasons for Choosing a School
True Admissions Blog - Mar 20, 2013
Amid the excitement and disappointments of decision season, it’s important to continue to be thoughtful about where you will spend the next four years. Here are some don’ts to consider:...
High School Seniors Enter Homestretch of College Process
Ed Week - Mar 18, 2013
The last of the college-acceptance letters (or, more likely, emails) are arriving this month, and high school seniors around the country are weighing their options. The offers trickled in, but the higher education community has agreed on a common deadline for committing: May 1. That gives most students a month or more to make the big decision....
The Realities of a College Wait List
The College Solution Blog - Mar 20, 2013
At a party on Friday night, a former colleague of my husband’s mentioned that he was stunned that his son’s friend didn’t get into Stanford University. ...
What To Do If You Are Deferred
LA College Admissions Examiner - Mar 15, 2013
We know that application numbers this season are way up. It’s quite possible that you are a qualified student who has been deferred from your first choice college. A deferral means that you are qualified and that the admission officers will take another look at your application file during their regular admission ...
Anxious High School Seniors Await Word on College Admissions
DNAinfo - Mar 18, 2013
High school seniors across the city are hoping for hard-earned triumph, but bracing for disappointment over the next couple of weeks as colleges send out admissions letters...
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Campus Visits

How to Plan a College Visit Road Trip Over Spring Break
Her Campus - Mar 19, 2013
Spring break is right around the corner and pre-collegiettes from all across the country are beginning to plan their long-awaited college visits. It is a prime time for visiting colleges and checking out which schools pique your interest. ....
Juniors: What to do if time and money are considerations in scheduling a college visit
True Admissions Blog - Mar 19, 2013
While extremely important, visits are not a possibility for every applicant. If scheduling or cost may prevent you from visiting or if you must be selective about which schools to visit, consider the following strategies....
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College Admissions: Big Changes For The Common App
GoLocalProv  - Mar 19, 2013
Next year’s college applicants will face a new array of questions when they attack college applications. Most notably, the Common App, used by roughly 500 colleges and universities, has announced completely new essay topics for 2013-2014. .....
Choosing Admissions Essay Topics & Writing Tips
LA College Admissions Examiner - Mar 15, 2013
Choosing your college admissions essay topic can be more difficult than writing the actual essay. After all, you have lots of ideas and how do you select what is right? Once you have decided on your topics, your writing should come easily. College applications will have prompts for you to follow...

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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Mar 21, 2013
Helping Parents Understand Financial Aid Offers
Last week, we talked about the challenge of working with a student when a college has turned them down. This can be a difficult conversation to have, to be sure…... More

Cutting college costs: Will financial aid consultants help you find a deal?
The State - Mar 18, 2013
Any parent with a college-bound kid knows that aside from test scores and debate team accomplishments, the biggest factor is money. OK, if your kid is a Gates or a Buffett, maybe not. Otherwise, the task of navigating tuition, scholarships and loans hangs heavy over the entire college process...
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Big College Merit Scholarships Are A Problem (If You Don't Get One)
NPR.org - Mar 14, 2013
(A bunch of private colleges have been in a financial aid arms race for years now, offering bigger and bigger merit scholarships to lure the best students.....
Part 1: Answers to Your Questions About Paying for College
New York Times - The Choice - Mar 18, 2013
Now that you understand how a college awards your financial aid, as well as the different types of aid offered, it's time to begin evaluating exactly what they are giving you. .....
Part 2: Answers to Your Questions About Paying for College
Part 3: Answers to Your Questions About Paying for College
Understanding financial aid award letters pt.1
Raleigh College Admissions Examiner - Mar 13, 2013
Now that you understand how a college awards your financial aid, as well as the different types of aid offered, it's time to begin evaluating exactly what they are giving you. .....
Understanding financial aid award letters pt.2
Understanding financial aid award letters pt.3
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Jobs, Value and Affirmative Action: A Survey of Parents About College
Inside Higher Ed  - Mar 20, 2013
But the first Inside Higher Ed poll of parents of pre-college students suggests that the truer statement today might be "study hard and you can get into the college we can afford," or perhaps "study hard, and we'll help you get into a college that can find you a job."...
Talking To Kids May Reduce Heavy Drinking In College
RedOrbit  - Mar 19, 2013
A new study suggests talking to your kids about drinking in college before they start their higher education might be very beneficial....
It’s Never Too Early To Look For College Scholarships
CBS Local - Miami  - Mar 19, 2013
MIAMI (CBS4) – If you’ve been waiting for you child to be in their senior year in high school to start searching for scholarships, you may have waited too long....
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Career Training

O.C. high schools boost focus on career training
Orange County Register - Mar 15, 2013
For students such as Ramirez, high schools are no longer about choosing between a purely academic college-prep track and a vocational path such as auto shop that prepares them to enter the workforce after graduation...
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Report: Rising N.J. college tuition bad for work force development
New Jersey Business - Mar 19, 2013
A report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities shows the average tuition at public, four-year colleges in New Jersey has increased by 13 percent, or $1,429, since the start of the recession...
N.J. teens fight odds, skeptics to serve on school boards
The Record - Mar 20, 2013
Dylan O’Byrne isn’t old enough to grab a beer after work. He has Lego dragons and a dead scorpion in his bedroom in Wood-Ridge. But at 18, he wants to help spend his town’s tax money by hiring great teachers and setting the agenda for its schools...
Finance committee approves tuition hike for state universities, colleges
West Hartford News - Mar 20, 2013
HARTFORD, CT – The Finance Committee of the Board of Regents for Higher Education, which governs four state universities, 12 community colleges and Charter Oak State College, recently approved an increase in tuition and fees for the system’s nearly 100,000 students...
Honor Roll Student Criticizes Testing Policy After Failing NECAPs
golocalprov - Mar 19, 2013
Like thousands of other students in Rhode Island, Gobin failed the math portion of the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) last fall and now the Coventry junior is joining the list of individuals calling the Rhode Island Department of Education’s mandate that students prove they’re “partially proficient” on the exams in order to graduate “unfair.”...
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Teen Dating Violence

Mother Of Slain Wayland Teen Explains ‘Cardinal Rule’ Of Healthy Breakups
WBUR.org - Mar 19, 2013
WBUR’s All Things Considered host Sacha Pfeiffer spoke with Astley’s mother, Mary Dunne, about what lessons she hopes other teenagers will learn from her daughter’s death......
Steubenville rape trial: Where were 'courageous bystanders'?
The Christian Science Monitor - Mar 13, 2013
The trial that started Wednesday in Steubenville, Ohio, has brought to light the disturbing regularity of dating and sexual violence among teenagers and how peers often stand idly by – or, in some cases, even post videos to Facebook.....


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