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Big Picture

Why repaying your student loan gets easier with time
CBS News MoneyWatch  - Dec 9, 2014
How much money can students borrow for college without swimming in debt? According to the conventional wisdom, that depends on the income they expect to earn after graduation....
Forget the Kids Who Can’t Get In; What About Those Who Don’t Even Apply?
The Daily Beast  - Dec 9, 2014
It’s called “undermatching”—when super-smart poor kids could get into elite schools but are afraid to apply. And it’s a problem we can fix.....
The Talk—and Pledges—at the White House Summit on College Opportunity
Chronicle of Higher Ed - Dec 45, 2014
Washington — Hundreds of college leaders are now heading home, still giddy from Thursday’s White House Summit on College Opportunity. Now comes the hard part: Making good on their varied promises to enroll more low-income students and help them graduate....
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

College Admissions: Disciplinary Disclosures On Your Application
GoLocalPDX College Admissions  - Dec 10, 2014
It’s possible that you have been in minor trouble at some point in your high school career. Maybe you got called out for plagiarism by “Turn It In” software that showed too much of your essay was lifted from Wikipedia.....
Mythbuster: Don’t feel forced to pick between Price OR Prestige
Charlotte Observer  - Dec 8, 2014
I meet with all varieties of families; some who are admittedly overwhelmed by the entire college admissions process and others who feel as if they’ve done their homework and have a pretty good understanding of what needs to be done....
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What Now? Tips on the College Application Process after You’ve Hit Send
TeenLife Blog  - Dec 9, 2014
You’ve just hit send on your early college applications and done the requisite victory dance around the kitchen. Truly, there is much to celebrate and be proud of. However...
Many colleges see increases in early applications for the Class of 2019
DC College Admissions Examiner  - Dec 5, 2014
Over the next several weeks, colleges with early application plans will begin rolling out a first round of admissions decisions. In fact, a few like the University of Georgia and Elon University have already communicated decisions to their early-bird applicants....
Archives - Early/Deferred
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College Applicants Should Seek Inspiration, Not Imitation, in Others' Essays
Huffington Post  - Dec 8, 2014
Imagine that you take an art student to the Hermitage and ask her to contemplate Femme au Café, painted by Picasso when he was the age of a college freshman. Tell her to draw inspiration from it and see what she comes up with....
Advice From College Students On Writing The College Application Essay
Huffington Post  - Dec 9, 2014
It's that time of the year again. I remember stressing about my college application essay, brainstorming countless of times, and writing 10 different drafts before settling with my final essay.....

Archives - Essay
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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Six Words of Advice for Parents of College-Bound Juniors
Post - Dec 10, 2014

One group is more anxious about this year's college admissions decisions than the parents of this year's seniors -- and that's the parents of next year's seniors. Junior parents love their children, and they would welcome any advice colleges could offer ... More
How Important Are School Counselors? Spoiler Alert: Very, Says Texas A&M Research
KBTX  - Dec 9, 2014
COLLEGE STATION, Dec. 9, 2014 – Even one additional counselor in an elementary school could have a profound positive impact on learning and conduct, according to a study coauthored by Texas A&M University Economics Professor Mark Hoekstra....
Events, Expectations Helping High Schoolers Get to College
US News  - Dec 8, 2014
A marching band, dancers and even first lady Michelle Obama were on hand to celebrate the completion of the college application process for one group of high school seniors....
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6 Ways to Stand Out in Your College Interview
Her Campus  - Dec 8, 2014
Even though the college application process is probably wearing you down at this point, it’s no time to slack off! There’s still lots to do, including showing potential schools your personality through interviews.....
Archives - Visiting/Interviews
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Social Media

Connect on Social Media to Show Colleges Interest
US News  - Dec 8, 2014
?Imagine for a moment the plight of the beleaguered college admissions officer. He or she faces endless ranks of students with competitive test scores, excellent grades, thoughtful essays and a wealth of extracurricular activities....
Could Your Next Tweet Hurt Your Chances Of Getting Into College?
CBS Local - San Francisco  - Dec 5, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— For young people looking into higher education, your next tweet or Facebook post could be hurting your chances of getting into college.....
Archives - Social Media
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College Admissions: What Your PSAT Scores Really Mean
GoLocalProv College Admissions  - Dec 8, 2014
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. Realistically, there are only 5 months left for juniors to visit colleges ....
Why Students Avoid Academic Help
The Atlantic  - Dec 2, 2014
Nearly everybody who went to secondary school remembers being peer-pressured into something—pranks, parties, or cutting class. It’s a time when people tend to be most insecure and conscious of what others think of them ....
5 Ways to Keep the Morning of the SAT or ACT Stress-Free
Her Campus  - Dec 1, 2014
You’ve read all the prep guides, taken SAT/ACT prep courses and went to bed super early last night. But now it’s the morning of the SAT or ACT, and despite all of the preparation you’ve done over the past few weeks, ....
Archives - SATs & ACTs
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Career & Technical Education

Employer Engagement Landscape Revealed in Survey of Career Ed. Leaders
EdWeek (registration required) - Dec 3, 2014
There is widespread consensus that employer engagement is critical to the success of career technical education. Now, a new survey of state directors of CTE programs identifies effective models and emphasizes the need for schools to build scalable, sustainable partnerships with businesses.,...
Report: What’s wrong with vocational ed?
ecampusnews - Dec 5, 2014
A new OECD report suggests that while post-secondary vocational programs are growing worldwide, changes need to be made to bring out their fullest potential...
Archives - Career & Technical Education
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A New Way to Calculate the Cost of College
WGBH.org  - Dec 10, 2014
It's a stressful time of year for students who are preparing to send out their college applications. But the next step can be even more stressful, figuring out how much it's all going to cost. ..
Financial aid bestseller offered FREE as digital download
DC College Admissions Examiner  - Dec 8, 2014
Families new to federal financial aid and the FAFSA should run don’t walk to take advantage of an amazing offer to receive a free digital version of the bestselling book by Mark Kantrowitz and David Levy, titled Filing the FAFSA: The Edvisors Guide to Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. ..
OnCollege: Complicated family situations shouldn't get in the way of financial aid
San Jose Mercury News  - Dec 8, 2014
Getting financial aid and paying for college can be a complicated task in the simplest of cases. But simple cases are rare since families come in so many different shapes and sizes. Families that I would consider non-traditional include those with divorced or separated parents, single parents, adoptive parents, legal guardians or blended parents ..
College Admissions: Get Started on Scholarship Applications
GoLocalPDX College Admissions  - Dec 3, 2014
Scholarships are free money! Although everyone claims to want some, only a small percentage of students put in the work needed to win some. ..
Getting Ready to Tackle the FAFSA
The College Solution Blog  - Dec 9, 2014
FAFSA season officially starts on Jan. 1, which is when students who will be attending college in 2015-2016 can begin completing this critical financial aid form...
Archives - FinAid/Scholarships
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Delaware to text students college application advice
Delaware Online - Dec 6, 2014
Forget selfies and emoticons – starting soon, Delaware students could be getting texts from the state Department of Education giving them help with applying to college. ....
State revises high school graduation assessments
Press of Atlantic City - Dec 8, 2014
The state Department of Education has updated the list of various assessments that current high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors will be able to use to meet the state graduation requirement during the phase-in period for new state tests. ....
R.I. students lobby for financial literacy class
Providence Journal - Dec 7, 2014
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — High school students from across Rhode Island told adults that financial literacy classes have been more meaningful in their everyday lives than some of the math classes they have taken. ....
What Troubles Massachusetts’ Educators?
WBUR.org - Dec 5, 2014
What’s the most pressing concern for school committee members, superintendents and school administrators across the state? Well, money.....
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Study Debunks Mean Girls Myth: Boys Are Worse At Social Bullying
Inquisitr - Dec 5, 2014
When we think of bullying, we usually think of mean girls ostracizing someone or spreading rumors, and mean boys being more likely to use physical aggression...
Despite New Anti-Bullying Policies In U.S. Schools, Intervention Still Lags
CBS Local - Sacramento - Dec 5, 2014
“Despite a lot of pushing from state lawmakers and school districts, bullying continues,” said therapist Tom Orrock. Orrock is a licensed therapist and helps children being bullied. We wanted to know with so much attention to bullying why it continues?...
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