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Big Picture

Is college worth it?
Boston Globe - OpEd - Feb 18, 2014
AMERICA’S COLLEGES and universities must be delighted with yet another study proving just how valuable they are. With tuitions at some elite places soaring above $60,000 a year, higher ed needs such studies as rebuttals to increasingly skeptical students and their parents......
An Hour Makes a Difference
Inside Higher Ed - Feb 17, 2014
For years, studies have found that first-generation college students -- those who do not have a parent with a college degree -- lag other students on a range of education achievement factors. Their grades are lower and their dropout rates are higher. ....
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

Midyear reports can tip the scales
DC College Admissions Examiner - Feb 17, 2014
Not long ago, the Common Application posted a Facebook reminder to students and counselors that midyear reports should be submitted to colleges as soon as first semester/trimester grades are available.....
How to Mind your Manners while Applying to College
True Admission Blog - Feb 13, 2014
The college process is a long campaign -- it can be exhausting, distracting and anxiety-producing. So good manners should have a place of prominence. But it is all too easy for an overwrought, otherwise distracted teen to forget what they have been taught...
9 ways for students to tell a college: I love you
Long Island College Prep Examiner - Feb 13, 2014
The college-bound show their love for a college by demonstrating their interest in attendance. Many schools keep track of student demonstrated interest and refer to it during the admission process. These colleges are looking for students that are most likely to accept an offer of admission, be motivated to attend, and graduate on time....
Students, Colleges Applaud Common Application Changes
U.S. News University - Feb 17, 2014
For most high school students around the U.S., the hardest part of submitting college applications is over, and all that is left to do is wait. While not every high school graduate is bound for college, those that are eying a bachelor's degree may have used the Common Application to apply to their dream schools.....
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Picking a college? 10 questions to ask yourself first
Charlotte Observer - Feb 17, 2014
Last week, I wrote about going beyond the “usual suspects” when crafting your college list. It is a good concept in theory but many parents and students are stumped as to how to do it....
Deciding Which College to Attend
Huffington Post - Feb 18, 2014
After all the work in writing college essays, personal statements, preparing resumes, gathering recommendations and doing all the college prep work needed, the waiting is almost over for high school seniors!....
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College Applicants Sweat The SATs. Perhaps They Shouldn't
Marketplace - Feb 18, 2014
With spring fast approaching, many American high school seniors are now waiting anxiously to hear whether they got into the college or university of their choice. For many students, their scores on the SAT or the ACT will play a big role in where they get in.......
Should parents tell kids to skip the SAT?
The Christian Science Monitor  - Feb 17, 2014
Most young college-bound teens are familiar with this scenario: practice exams, a thick book full of test questions, lost hours of sleep cramming for test day, and the anticipation of waiting for the results.....
Good News for Poor Test Takers
The College Solution Blog  - Feb 18, 2014
Research that’s being described as a landmark study was released today that shows that high school students with strong grades and lower standardized ACT and SAT scores do as well in college as those who perform better on the standardized tests.....
6 Reasons Schools Should Offer the Pre-ACT
GoLocalProv College Admissions  - Feb 17, 2014
Here in the Northeast, we have a long history with the College Board and the SAT. In fact, it has become entrenched in our school systems. Nearly every high school in New England administers the pre-SAT or PSAT in the fall of 11th grade for college bound students....
Archives - SATs & ACTs
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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Feb 19, 2014
Top Ten Trends in College Admissions (with a few bonus references on Michigan)
Competition for college admissions is up at many colleges. More students are applying to college—and when they do apply, students are applying to more colleges than ever before. degree. ... More

College admissions counselors should be MBTI certified
Boston College Admissions Examinert - Feb 13, 2014
When looking for an independent college admissions counselor, it is advisable for students to consider one who is trained to administer the MBTI Personality Inventory. This article will cover what the MBTI Personality Inventory is and why it can be of help to the college bound student...
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On College: Parents need to butt out from doing children's homework
San Jose Mercury News - Feb 17, 2014
It seems that with each passing generation, the level of parental involvement on a day-to-day basis in a child's school has increased. echnology makes it that much easier, since parents can see a student's exam grade before the child even gets home from school..
Tips for parents of college-bound students
Chicago Parent - Feb 18, 2014
If you are a parent of a child headed to high school or college, you probably have a list of questions already formulating in your head: Which school is right for us? How do I make sure my child is academically and socially prepared? Are all these honor classes really worth it?....
What Parents Should Teach Their Children About Student Loans
Huffington Post - Feb 18, 2014
For most parents, their biggest dream is sending their children to college. They know a college education can give their child a head start down life's highway. But for many parents the dream of college can become a financial nightmare. Many don't understand the college financial aid process, and too many fail to explain student loans to their children....
Archives - Parents
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Learning Disabilties

Colleges Respond to Growing Ranks of Learning Disabled
Washington Monthly - Feb 18, 2014
Endowed with a newfound freshman’s hunger for independence, Alix Generous thought she could conquer college without seeking help for the learning disabilities she had dealt with since she was 11. She was wrong.....
Archives - Disabilities
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The 7 Craziest Scholarships You Can Apply For Now
Her Campus - Feb 18, 2014
It’s finally time to narrow down your college choices. As exciting as that is, there is one little buzzkill: money. After all, college is very expensive! Unlike loans, which need to be repaid, scholarships give you a little extra money to put towards your tuition that you don’t need to pay back later....
6 Ways to Boost Financial Aid for College
Fiscal Times - Feb 18, 2014
Everyone knows college tuition costs have been soaring. The published prices alone, however, don’t provide a full picture of what most students will actually pay, since nearly 60 percent of students receive grants and scholarships. That makes the net cost of college considerably below the sticker price. ...
How Assets Hurt College Aid Eligibility On FAFSA And CSS Profile
Forbes - Feb 14, 2014
Surprisingly, at the most expensive colleges, now charging $65,000 per year, students may qualify for a significant amount of financial aid even if their parents earn over $175,000 per year and have substantial assets...
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Archives - FinAid/Scholarships
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College Athletic Recruiting That Cannot be Justified
Conn News - Feb 14, 2014
As an educational consultant who helps high school students through the maze of college admissions, I have had the opportunity to work with many different students including those who apply to colleges where an audition or a portfolio...
Archives - Athletes
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College graduates need job options in Delaware
Delaware Online - Feb 14, 2014
I am a student and native Delawarean attending the University of Delaware, majoring in civil engineering. As my senior year is coming to a close rather quickly, many of my peers and I have been unable to find available jobs in Delaware...
New England slow to adopt virtual schools
AP - Feb 14, 2014
BOSTON (AP) — While hundreds of thousands of students across the country attend virtual public schools, New England has been slow to adopt the high-tech education model as states weigh how to manage the schools and judge their performance.e...
Snow days aren't so simple for some schools in New Hampshire
WMUR - Feb 17, 2014
CONCORD, N.H. —When winter storms hit, some New Hampshire superintendents have two decisions to make: whether to close schools, and whether to declare a Blizzard Bag Day....
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Teen Dating

Cellphones, social media are new tools in teen dating abuse
Washington Post - Feb 14, 2014
Jokes (and gripes) about teens using social media and cellphones nonstop are aplenty, but some parents might not be aware that these technologies are also being used as tools in dating abuse.....
Teen dating violence common, but tough to quantify
Providence Journal - Feb 16, 2014
PROVIDENCE — For those working to combat teen dating violence, one of the main challenges is determining the extent of the problem....
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