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Too Poor For College, Too Rich For Financial Aid
Forbes  - Jun 17, 2014
The news is constantly buzzing about the disappearing middle class, and nothing illustrates this better than the college financing problem - Too poor for college, too rich for financial aid...
Should states be doing more to protect college students?
Washington Post  - Jun 18, 2014
A job isn't the only reason to go to college, but for many students it is their main reason. Now a nonprofit group is arguing that states should do more to crack down on schools that promise a job but don't deliver...
A Smart Way to Skip College in Pursuit of a Job
New York Times  - Jun 18, 2014
Could an online degree earned in six to 12 months bring a revolution to higher education? This week, AT&T and Udacity, the online education company founded by the Stanford professor and former Google engineering whiz Sebastian Thrun, announced something meant to be very small: the “NanoDegree.”...
Open Access and Inequity
Inside Higher Ed  - Jun 17, 2014
The open-door admissions policies of community colleges and the national college completion "agenda"¯ are contributing to an influx of unprepared students who have little chance of earning a degree, and who are likely to rack up crippling debt along the way ...
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

A summer reading list from college admissions counselors?
Washington Post  - Jun 11, 2014
Here is a rather unusual summer reading list. It was assembled by Brennan Barnard, director of college counseling at The Derryfield School in Manchester, New Hampshire, who asked college admissions deans and high school counselors to send him recommendations of books that are great summer reads for parents, students and everybody else...
How Many Colleges Should You Apply To?
TeenLife Blog  - Jun 16, 2014
Most teens will tell you that making the college list is one of the most stressful times in their life. It's a process that begins with a little bit of knowing what you like, what your goals are, and that intuition that every student takes to the table...
5 ways not to get only one college acceptance (& 3 tips if you do)
The Prospect  - Jun 16, 2014
Time to get personal. Coming out of my freshman year of college, I can say I am 100% happy where I am and everything worked out for me. The process of college admissions, however, just might have been the toughest couple of months of my life, and definitely the most emotionally exhausting....
Creating an admissions process checklist
Tyler Paper  - Jun 16, 2014
College application season doesn't really begin until Apply Texas is activated on Aug. 1, but if you're a rising senior planning to apply this fall, I hope you don't wait until then to get started..
3 key tasks this summer for incoming seniors
Charlotte Observer  - Jun 16, 2014
"Yay, junior year is finally over, time for a vacation" is a frequently heard refrain in many households these days. Yes, students absolutely deserve a break, but let me be the bad guy and tell them not to waste their summer away..
Demonstrating interest improves your odds of admission
Rochester.Patch  - Jun 16, 2014
As colleges move to data-driven means of tracking information on prospective students, they have become increasingly savvy about predicting enrollment behavior and gauging an applicant's true level of interest. Schools often refer to this as the "interest quotient"¯...
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Naked Confessions of the College-Bound
New York Times  - Jun 15, 2014
THE Yale applicant had terrific test scores. She had fantastic grades. As one of Yale's admissions officers, Michael Motto, leafed through her application, he found himself more and more impressed. Then he got to her essay....
Your Action Plan for the College Admission Essay
Bangor Daily News  - Jun 17, 2014
It's my first semester teaching English 100: Freshman Composition. I launch into a carefully crafted lesson plan about writing personal narratives. I want my students to understand how stories make arguments just like more formal writing does. ....
6 Tips to Tackle Writer's Block & Start the College Essay
TeenLife Blog  - Jun 17, 2014
You hear the tick of the clock and the whir of the dishwasher as your house sleeps and you stare at your blank screen. Mom and Dad turned in a while ago, followed shortly by your older brother....
Smart advice from a college application essay expert
NY College Admissions Examiner - Jun 17, 2014
recently had the opportunity to chat with award-winning writer, Ivy League writing professor and college application essay expert Elizabeth Benedict. Below are Elizabeth's responses to some tough college application essay questions.....
Passion over Pitfalls: The Art of the College Essay
Huffington Post - Jun 17, 2014
For a high school senior, the Common Application personal statement essay may seem like the most important 650 words he or she will ever write. Throughout high school, students are coached to write the perfect "personal essay" to show why they are qualified to extend their academic careers to colleges and universities....

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Rising College Freshman

5 Truths About College Every Incoming Freshman Needs to Know
Huffington Post  - Jun 16, 2014
As someone who has completed two years of her college education and runs a college admissions website, I spend a lot of time talking about college life. And as a rising junior, I of course find myself enthralled when I talk to incoming college freshmen about starting their first year in the fall......
Ask a Collegiette: Finding Your College Roommate
Her Campus  - Jun 17, 2014
Getting to know your roommate can be one of the most exciting (and nerve-wracking!) parts of freshman year, and the process of actually finding said roomie can be daunting. To make it easier for you to understand all of your options, I’ve broken it down into categories:......
Honestly, you need a roommate contract
The Prospect  - Jun 16, 2014
Honestly -- You should make a roommate contract. When I was preparing for college, one of the commandments I read over and over again was to draw up an agreement laying out food-sharing policies, "lights off"¯ times, ......
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College Admissions: The ACT Announces Changes for 2016
GoLocalProv  - Jun 16, 2014
In the wake of major change announcements from the Collegeboard regarding the SAT, the ACT has now announced a few tweaks of their own. Although not as sweeping as the SAT changes, in 2016 the ACT will add new scoring and make some modifications to the optional writing section.....
Evaluation shows number of students not taking SAT, ACT or AP exams
EdSource  - Jun 17, 2014
No students are taking SAT, ACT or Advanced Placement exams in 14 percent of California's high schools, a surprising statistic for the committee considering whether to incorporate those measures into the Academic Performance Index for schools......
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6 Super Summer Strategies for Rising Seniors
Rochester.Patch  - Jun 16, 2014
The summer before senior year can be stressful for rising seniors who have college on the brain. To help you stay calm, and get the job done, weļæ½ve put together some tips taken from last month's webinar: Super Summer Strategies.....
Leverage Creative Summer Projects for College Applications
US News  - Jun 16, 2014
High school is an important step in the path to adulthood, but students excel there as followers. In high school you are told what you will learn and you are provided with a target date for testing...

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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - June 19, 2014
More Time To Talk About College? Create a Class! Late June is a time when school counselors think big. Guided by a desire to increase service to their students, counselors take a minute from the cleaning of files and their year-end reports to consider next year—what could be better, what could be different, what could go easier?... More
Protesters: Keep Counselors
Monroe News - Jun 13, 2014
Wearing a black T-shirt with white and purple lettering saying "Save the Counselors",¯ Monroe High School junior Aurora Morris was among those protesting the restructuring of the counseling services at Monroe Public Schools....

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Ways Parents, Students Can Research Campus Safety
US News  - Jun 16, 2014
Sexual assaults, school shootings and other forms of on-campus violence are a major part of the national discussion of campus safety. The threat of a stolen laptop isn't as frightening, but there are many types of crime that can affect college students....
On College: Summer is your chance to prepare your kids for the next four years
San Jose Mercury News  - Jun 16, 2014
Over the past few weeks, I have had the privilege of chatting with several high school teachers and counselors about the skills they wish incoming freshmen came equipped with, academics aside. Unfortunately, common sense is becoming less common....
Dad: Should l Force My Son to Attend Cornell?
TheCollegeSolutionBlog  - Jun 17, 2014
Some of my most popular blog posts are generated by comments from parents whose children face agonizing college decisions. I got an email today from a dad who is grappling with what to do with his son, who was accepted to Cornell University last year through deferred admission or guaranteed transfer option...
Archives - Parents
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There's something broken in America's financial aid system
Yahoo Finance  - Jun 13, 2014
One need only see the tally for America’s student debt load — $1.2 trillion at last count, with an average $29,400 per college graduate — to realize something is badly broken in our financial aid system.....
Avoid Making These 4 Scholarship Search Mistakes
US News  - Jun 12, 2014
As the school year winds down and the last scholarships for the season are handed out, students across the country are able to take a break and assess how they did. And while thousands of scholarship recipients are heading into summer with a clear idea of how they'll be paying for college next year...
How to pay college bills and maximize financial aid
/The Star-Ledger  - Jun 18, 2014
Q. My daughter will start college in September, with the first tuition payment due in July. We have money in a 529 plan, but it is not enough to cover all the costs. I also have some stock options from work that I plan to exercise and use for college..
Archives - Financial Aid/Scholarships
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Going All In: How to Make Competency-Based Learning Work
KQED  - Jun 16, 2014
New Hampshire is the first state to change its education policies to credit high school students ' and soon elementary and middle school students, too ' for progressing based on what they've mastered, not the number of hours they spend in school. ....
Getting Kids Ready for College, Beyond the Classroom
City Limits  - Jun 17, 2014
Four young women, heads bobbing up and down, are leaning over their desks in Jeff Newman's 11th grade social studies class at Fashion Industries High School in Manhattan in late March. But instead of peering at historical documents. ....
Maine’s colleges and universities struggle with shrinking budgets
Maine Biz  - Jun 17, 2014
To many, it's not news that higher education can dramatically increase the lifetime earnings prospects for graduates, no matter where they elect to study.....
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Teen Safety

Fighting, Guns Down, but More Students Feel Unsafe at School
US News  - Jun 16, 2014
Fewer students are carrying weapons and getting in physical fights at school, but more say they don't feel safe. About 1 in 20 high school students say they've carried a weapon "such as a gun, knife or club" on school property, which is a noticeable and steady decline since the early 1990s....
Teens Largely Unware of the Consequences of Sexting
Boston.com  - Jun 18, 2014
Researchers at Drexel University surveyed about 200 students at an unnamed “large Northeastern” university and found that not only had the majority of students participated in some sort of sexting when they were underage...
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