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Big Picture

Why The Best Low-Income Students Often Don’t Apply To The Most Competitive Colleges
WBUR.org  - Mar 3, 2014
BOSTON — The best low-income students often don’t apply to the most selective schools. Former college admissions officer Sean Logan has a story about a student from Salinas, Calif., at the top of her class......
How States Are Shifting College Costs to Students
BusinessWeek  - Mar 3, 2014
Beneath the ever-rising mountain of student debt lies a core question of values and priorities. College degrees benefit both students and society, providing paths to higher personal incomes and broader economic growth—but who’s responsible for covering the cost of that investment?....
College, the Great Unleveler
New York Times - Opinionator  - Mar 1, 2014
When the G.I. Bill of Rights of 1944 made colleges accessible to veterans regardless of socioeconomic background, Robert Maynard Hutchins, the president of the University of Chicago, worried that it would transform elite institutions into “educational hobo jungles.” ......
Why College Applications Are Down
Bloomberg TV - Mar 3, 2014
Bloomberg's Janet Lorin and Ken Anselment, dean of admissions at Lawrence University, discuss why applications are declining at ......
Making Colleges More Diverse Even Without Affirmative Action
The Atlantic - Feb 28, 2014
Seven years ago, inside an eighth-grade classroom at Mount Vernon Junior High School in central Los Angeles, Deborah Membreno began to imagine a life beyond the chain-link fence surrounding the concrete schoolyard.......
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

5 Ways to Get Started on College Apps Before Senior Year
Her Campus  - Feb 27, 2014
High school seniors everywhere are sitting next to their mailboxes, anxiously awaiting decisions from their respective colleges. But if you’re a high school junior, you might just be trying to survive your high school workload without even starting to think about college....
When it Comes to Admissions, What Do Colleges Really Want?
KALW  - Mar 4, 2014
It's college admissions season. Host Joseph Pace looks to a panel of experts to answer the question: Which applicants do colleges really want? How important are extracurriculars, public service, and racial diversity? Is the SAT fading from relevance?...
Five Things College Admissions Directors Won't Tell You
Forbes  - Mar 3, 2014
College search is a rite of passage for most high school juniors and seniors. With more than 4,000 colleges and universities to choose from, it’s best to start early. By the end of their junior year, students should have a running list of schools they’re interested in...
Getting Into College: Tools and Resources to Use in 2014
Denver College Life Examiner - Mar 4, 2014
College life is a long and very exciting adventure for every person. All high school students can't wait the moment when they enter some college or university and become a part of this 4-5 year journey that leads to getting a diploma,...
Students Ask College Prep Questions That Get Answers
Huffington Post  - Feb 27, 2014
We don't have time or money to visit some schools I'm really interested in. What can I do? College officers understand that not everyone can visit colleges. Between plane fare, rental cars and hotel stays, it can get costly. ....
The March Madness of College Admissions: Waiting for Decisions
Huffington Post  - Mar 3, 2014
You have undoubtedly worked hard to complete your applications and finally they are submitted! Now what? For the next few weeks, you may feel the anxiousness of the notorious college waiting game as nerves build and decision time gets closer.....
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7 Things That Shouldn't Affect Your College Decision
Her Campus  - Mar 4, 2014
College decisions are stressful—there are so many things to consider! What do your parents want? What do your friends want? But most of all, what do you want? With a whirlwind of opinions coming from every which way, it can be hard to keep your eye on what really matters....
Choosing the Right College
Huffington Post  - Mar 3, 2014
Selecting the right college is one of the most important decisions a student will ever make. Yet, it is a decision which is often driven by a set of variables that may have little to do with the appropriateness of the institution for a particular student. With the advent of social media and other forms of technology....
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Gap Year

Mind The Gap (Year): A Break Before College Might Do Some Good
NPR.org - Feb 27, 2014
Postponing the start of college for one year is becoming more common. As WGBH's Kirk Carapezza reports, more schools are encouraging students to take a gap year — and even helping pay for them.....
On Campus: Is It A Good Idea To Take A Gap Year?
HuffPost Live - Mar 3, 2014
Many students transition directly from high school to college. But, an increasing number of graduates are taking a gap year. HuffPost Live goes on and off campus to learn more about the benefits of taking this year off in between.....
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Visits and Interviews

Juniors: Interviews, overnights, shadows... What kind of opportunities do your colleges offer for visits?
True Admission Blog  - Mar 3, 2014
Interviews, overnights, and shadow programs… Colleges offer prospective students many ways of learning about their campuses. Part of preparing properly for a successful college road trip is understanding what opportunities are available at each of the colleges in which you're interested...
How to make the most of Charlotte’s College Fair
Charlotte Observer  - Mar 3, 2014
Attending your local college fair is a great way for students and parents to dip their toes in the waters of college exploration. It’s crazy loud, crazy crowded and yes, a little intimidating, but it often yields great results...
How to get the most out of college tours
Lancaster Online  - Mar 3, 2014
How to choose the right college? A daunting question, considering the big chunk of time and cash involved, but guidance counselors and prospective students say that campus visits are a crucial part of the process....
"What Do You Want To Major In?" - College Interview Tips
About.com  - Feb 26, 2014
Many, many college applicants are not yet sure about a major. So if a college interviewer asks you about your desired field of study, don't panic. You don't want to shrug your shoulders and dismiss the question,...

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College Admissions: 5 Things You Must Know About the SAT and ACT
GoLocalProv College Admissions  - Feb 27, 2014
Spring is prime time for college entrance exams, and here are five of the most important things every parent and high school student should know about the SAT and ACT tests.....
SAT Changes Announced Next Week
Dallas SAT Prep Examiner  - Feb 27, 2014
The College Board has announced a press conference to be held next Wednesday, March 5th. The new SAT website, DeliveringOpportunity.org, is not yet live, but live streaming of the press conference should be available at 3PM Central time. ......
Archives - SATs & ACTs
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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Mar 4, 2014
Spring Cleaning for School Counselors
IIt isn’t news to any school counselor that, as a whole, the number of students each counselor has to support is up—in some cases, way up. The national average in 2010-11 was 471, with California reporting a stunning 1016 students per school counselor... More

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How to tell your kid you can't afford her dream college
CNN.com/Money  - Mar 3, 2014
You meant it when you said, "Study hard in high school, and we'll send you to the best college you get into." But now you're looking at the cost of Dream U -- and panicking.......
Three things divorced parents need to know about college
Reuters - Mar 3, 2014
(Reuters) - Figuring out how to split childcare costs when you're divorcing is not easy, but it can be like remedial math compared to deciding who pays what for your children's college education........
Cleveland Administrator Launches College Tours for Parents
Edweek  - Mar 3, 2014
Working with parents comes naturally to Tracy Hill. The Cleveland schools administrator began her teaching career 24 years ago working with the families of children whose behavior problems made it difficult for them to attend traditional public schools.....
High school senior suing parents for college tuition
USA Today  - Mar 3, 2014
MORRISTOWN, N.J. — An honor student and athlete who claims her parents threw her out of their home when she turned 18 has taken the highly unusual step of suing them for immediate financial support and to force them to pay for her college education.....
Archives - Parents
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Erasing College Assets With Life Insurance
The College Solution Blog - Mar 3, 2014
More and more, families are being approached about purchasing permanent life insurance policies as a means of reducing the family’s expected contribution (EFC) in calculating college financial aid eligibility......
For College Students, Accessing Financial Aid Can Still Involve Debit Card Fees
Forbes - Mar 3, 2014
If you’re searching for evidence that our schools don’t do enough to educate students about the basics of personal finance, look no further than a recent report issued by the US Government Accountability Office (GAO), the investigative arm of the US Congress.....
Higher education’s transparency sham: Who really gets financial aid
Salon - Feb 27, 2014
At the center of the admissions and financial-aid process is a massive information imbalance: Schools make their decisions with detailed data about each applicant that goes well beyond test scores and transcripts. Many universities have access to comprehensive financial profiles...
Get More Financial Aid for College
Kiplinger - Feb 21, 2014
Typical scenario for parents of a high school senior: Your student identifies a half-dozen colleges he’d like to go to. He spends long nights and fraught weekends filling out applications. The whole family waits anxiously for the acceptance letters....
6 ways to boost your financial aid for college
The Week - Mar 3, 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...
Archives - FinAid/Scholarships
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N.J. releases school aid figures
Philly.com  - Feb 27, 2014
The Christie administration released proposed school-aid figures Thursday that include additional per-pupil funding in discretionary spending and technology - about $20 per child - and a $5 million innovation fund to explore initiatives such as longer school days.......
New Vermont Summer College Success Program Emphasizes College And Life Skills Development For Students With Autism, Learning Challenges
VT Digger  - Feb 27, 2014
The Christie administration released proposed school-aid figures Thursday that include additional per-pupil funding in discretionary spending and technology - about $20 per child - and a $5 million innovation fund to explore initiatives such as longer school days.......
Maine panel OKs state's 1st virtual charter school
Boston.com  - Mar 7, 2014
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine panel approved the state’s first virtual charter school on Monday, but denied another cyber academy and brick-and-mortar charter school......
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Teen Dating Violence

Worried about Teen Dating Violence?
PsychCentral  - Feb 27, 2014
February was Teen Dating Violence Awareness month, so I didn’t want to let it pass without sharing about the prevalence of teen dating violence and its widespread impact.......
Professionals highlight effects of teen dating violence
DVIDS  - Mar 3, 2014
NORTH CAROLINA - As National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month draws to a close, professionals urge both parents and communities alike to educate young men and women .....
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