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Big Picture

Obama's Student-Debt Plan Won't Fix America's College Crisis
The Atlantic - Jun 9, 2014
Student debt is a $1.2 trillion shadow cast over the lives of tens of millions of Americans, and it's getting longer each year. President Obama has a plan to make it easier for borrowers to pay it all off. ...
College For Free: Tulsa's Radical Idea
NPR.org - Jun 9, 2014
The average cost of one college year across all degree-granting intuitions in the U.S. was more than $19,000 in 2012, and we don't need to tell you what direction the price is heading. ...
Women’s Colleges Are on the Wrong Side of History on Transgender Women
TIME Magazine - Jun 9, 2014
Gender markers on identity documents, which are inherently discriminatory, shouldn't determine whether a student is eligible for admissions. ...
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

Look where top students are going to college
CBS News MoneyWatch  - Jun 10, 2014
High-achieving students are much more likely to attend colleges farther away from their homes than other teenagers. ...
To Maximize Admissions Yield, Engage Students
Huffington Post  - Jun 5, 2014
The College search process certainly has changed over the years. We adults recall visiting with our guidance counselor at the end of our junior year to chat a bit about our goals and where we sought to be after high school....
How $0.99 or less can buy you the best essay advice ever—for a limited time only
DC College Admissions Examiner  - Jun 5, 2014
Over the past several weeks, some of the most knowledgeable essay writing coaches in the country have been giving their advice away for next to nothing.....
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Expert Advice: 8 Questions to Ask on a Campus Tour
Nerd Wallet  - Jun 8, 2014
Whether you are a prospective college student on the verge of making your final acceptance decision or a high school senior deciding where to apply, consider taking a guided tour of your potential college campus first..
What's That College Really Like? 6 Ways To Be A Wiser Visitor
Forbes  - Jun 10, 2014
Cynics will tell you that campus visits — a centerpiece of the Great American College Hunt — are largely a waste of time. No matter how diligently parents and their college-bound teens scour the country, all those dorms, libraries and food courts end up blurring together..
Archives - Visits/Interviews
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What one parent learned during the college hunt
Charlotte Observer  - Jun 8, 2014
Last week I spoke with Jacob about lessons he had learned during his college admissions process. This week it’s equal time for his mom, Karen...
On College: Never say these things to your child
San Jose Mercury News - Jun 9, 2014
Every time I think I have heard it all when it comes to what parents say to their children as they are about to embark on the college admissions process or even when they are mired in it, I get surprised....
How to Prepare Your Kid for College Culture Shock
The Street - Jun 9, 2014
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Even though America's best and brightest high school seniors are moving on to college, there is no guarantee they'll make it through four years of college....
4 Things Parents Need to Learn Now About Student Loans
Huffington Post - Jun 10, 2014
When determining how to pay for this massive life event, parents are often as confused as their students. With that in mind, here are four things parents need to learn now about student loans before anyone signs on the dotted line:...
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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - June 12, 2014
The Surprise End-of-the-Year Report You’re just about to begin your summer, when your principal tells you about a new board-mandated counseling report that’s due in two weeks. In a perfect world, you knew about this last fall, and set up the benchmarks and collection ... More
Report: School Counselors Are Underutilized And Overworked
NPR - StateImpact Indiana - Jun 3, 2014
Can you explain the job of a school counselor? If you ask that question regarding anyone else in a school- a teacher, the principal, nurse or custodian- the answer is pretty straightforward: Teach students, manage the school, attend health needs and maintain cleanliness......

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How to choose junior-year classes with SAT-busting power
SAT Prep Examiner  - Jun 10, 2014
Your course schedule for your junior year of high school is a critical one. The courses you complete between now and your initial exam date for the SAT can help or hinder your pursuit of your target score – but which classes should you choose? .....
Take 4 Steps to Set Realistic SAT, ACT Test Prep Goals
US News - Jun 9, 2014
Understanding how to set attainable goals is an important skill for all facets of life. Studying for standardized tests like the SAT and ACT is one area where setting proper goals can be the difference between success and failure......
ACT to Feature New Indicators for Career Readiness, Understanding Complex Texts
Ed Week  - Jun 6, 2014
Starting in the spring of 2015, high school students who take the ACT will receive more information on their performance, including indicators of their career readiness and ability to understand complex texts, officials from the testing company announced June 6.....
ACT president: Take whichever college admission test suits you. Or take both.
Washington Post  - Jun 6, 2014
Not long ago, the ACT surpassed the SAT as the most widely used college admission test in the country. But the president of the testing organization that leads the market advises students to take whichever exam suits them — or both.....
Archives - SATs & ACTs
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High school students should get smarter this summer
NorthJersey.com - Jun 11, 2014
Technology has had a huge impact on the college application process. In fact, every step of the process - from conducting college searches to submitting applications - can be completed online...
Make the Most of Summer With Essay Contest Scholarships
US News - Jun 5, 2014
Once summer has arrived and your final papers are handed in, you may find yourself with some spare time – and maybe even fleeting feelings of nostalgia for writing assignments. ...

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Financial Aid/Scholarships

The Future Of College Financial Aid, According To The Man Who Influences Billions Of It
Forbes - Jun 5, 2014
With college costs continuing to rise and the US economy still sputtering, financial aid for college is more important than ever to families trying to foot the bill. The big question then is what is the future of college financial aid? ...
How Colleges Consider 529 Plans in Need-Based Financial Aid
US News - Jun 6, 2014
The college investment accounts known as 529 plans can help families pay for college, but an account might end up working against a student when it comes to need-based financial aid. ...
Archives - Financial Aid/Scholarships
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Career & Techincal Education

5 High Pay Careers and Only 2 Years of College
GoLocalProv College Admissions  - Jun 9, 2014
According to studies from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Georgetown University, about half of all the new jobs created between now and 2018 will go to individuals with an Associate Degree or occupational certificate. ...
More vocational school graduates opt for college
Boston Globe  - Jun 8, 2014
Education and vocation have always been intertwined for Nathan Espinal. As a student at North Shore Technical High School in Middleton, the Salem teen specialized in health assisting, with the goal of becoming a doctor...
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Education reform bill eliminates seniority-based layoffs and allows furloughs for economic reasons
PennLive  - Jun 4, 2014
A controversial education reform measure that Gov. Tom Corbett identified as a priority in his first year of taking office is once again getting legs....
Student outreach plan key to keeping CT college system in the black
CT Mirror  - Jun 4, 2014
A new outreach program designed to attract new students to Connecticut’s merged public college system also could determine whether the new $1.1 billion budget remains in balance over the next year.....
Maine schools moving to "proficiency-based" diplomas
WCSH-6  - Jun 4, 2014
PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- School boards across Maine are re-writing their high school diploma requirements, as they get ready for a whole new way of determining when a student is ready to graduate....
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Summer Jobs

What Jobless Teens Could Be Doing This Summer
Wall Street Journal - Jun 8, 2014
Just because your teenagers don't have jobs this summer, it doesn't mean they have to lounge around in pajamas texting on their smartphones all day. True, the labor market for teens and college students is still rough. Hiring overall in the U.S. isn't robust—there are underemployed adults working jobs that teens used to fill....
Smart Summer Jobs for Kids
US News & World Report - Jun 9, 2014
So your teen wants to make some money this summer? Or maybe your children want cash, and you've told them they need to work for it. Whatever your situation, here are some ideas and opportunities for your children to earn money over the next few months.....
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