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Princeton Gets 10 Times as Much Tax Money per Student as Public Colleges
The Atlantic  - Oct 21, 2014
In 2002, Meg Whitman (Princeton class of ‘77), then president of eBay, pledged $30 million to her alma mater to be put toward building a dorm in her own name. The ultimate cost of the 500-student dorm, which required “skilled masons to cut thousands of pieces of stone” and featured three-inch-thick oak doors, worked out to about $200,000 per bed....
Why poor kids don’t stay in college
Washington Post  - Oct 21, 2014
BALTIMORE — It is a Tuesday in October and Terrell Kellam is running late. He usually wakes up at 5:30 a.m. to catch the first of two buses that will take him from southwest Baltimore to Morgan State University, just north of the city.....
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

Find colleges that want you more than you want them
Charlotte Observer  - Oct 20, 2014
Don’t feed the frenzied fever of the college admissions process. Families often get caught up in the high stakes of college admissions competition. If you’re willing to look beyond the super-selective top tier of colleges, you’ll find that colleges need you more than you need them...
Current Students Share Advice on Making the Right College Choice
US News - Oct 20, 2014
High school seniors deciding among multiple college acceptances may wonder how they can be sure they are making the right choice. It is no small decision, as this selection will affect the course of their next four years academically, professionally and socially. .....
Offbeat skills that make colleges take note
CNBC - Oct 17, 2014
Does your kid while away hours playing video games, or rereading a favorite author's books for the third time? Don't worry. It's exactly those kinds of offbeat skills that can catch the eye of a college admissions officer...
5 Websites to Help You Pick Your College
Her Campus - Oct 15, 2014
Between the stacks of snail mail you receive every day, the emails regularly coming into your inbox and the countless college fairs your school puts on, there are a lot of colleges trying to gain your attention. Understandably, this just makes choosing the perfect one for you even more difficult!...
College Admissions: The 5 Most Unusual Colleges In The US
Golocalprov  - Oct 20, 2014
With Early Decision deadlines just around the corner, it is crunch time for college applicants. As important as it is to submit the highest quality application, it is equally important to make sure that Early Decision is the right option for the entire family....
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On College: Think of all the options before committing early to one campus
San Jose Mercury News  - Oct 20, 2014
With Early Decision deadlines just around the corner, it is crunch time for college applicants. As important as it is to submit the highest quality application, it is equally important to make sure that Early Decision is the right option for the entire family....
It's Decision Time for Early Applicants
True Admissions Blog  - Oct 21, 2014
Applying early is a great option if you’re sure about which college you want to attend, but it’s critical for you to do your due diligence in researching colleges and visiting campuses before deciding to apply early. ....
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How to Write College Application Essays that Really Work
TeenLife Blog  - Oct 21, 2014
Your application essays play a unique role in the admissions process, one that cannot be achieved with an extra 100 points on your SAT or a couple of decimals on your GPA. Application essays—both the 650-word personal statement and supplement essays are opportunities to speak directly to the admissions officers....
7 Cliché College Application Essays You Should Avoid
Huffington Post  - Oct 18, 2014
"Tell us about a personal quality, talent, accomplishment or experience that is important to you." In some form or other, this prompt will be on almost every college application this fall, leaving admissions officers inevitably to read hundreds of college essay topics that are far too similar...

Archives - Essays
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HSCW Counselors' Corners
How Much College Help Can You Really Give?
Post - Oct 23, 2014

This is the time of year that truly tries a high school counselor’s soul. Sure, it’s busy, but when isn’t it busy in a high school counseling office? We may have to deal with college applications and testing now, but financial aid will come next, and just when the college application process is dying down focus..... More
The Truth About Counselor Recommendation Letters
Her Campus - Oct 20, 2014
It’s that time of year again when you polish up your college essay, approach teachers for recommendations and get started on that dreaded Common App. Applying to college is a long and complicated (but most definitely rewarding!) experience. Applications often require a number of different elements, which can throw you in different directions when you’re getting ready to apply.....
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So Your Kid Wants to Go to Film School: A Survival Guide for Parents
TeenLife Blog  - Oct 21, 2014
Parents, you probably have your concerns. After all, your child wants to go to film school—a path that carried certain connotations when you and I were headed to college. Back then, there were three networks and PBS; cable television was in its infancy; 3D films were old fashioned; and the Internet was decades away....
Some Millennials — And Their Parents — Are Slow To Cut The Cord
NPR.org  - Oct 21, 2014
So your child moved back in with you after graduation, and it seems like she will never leave. Or worse, you're sending rent checks each month while she searches for jobs in the big city....
Money influences college choices from the start
Long Island College Prep Examiner  - Oct 21, 2014
As the college-bound and their parents start the college process, they will find money plays a huge role every step of the way. It is heart-wrenching when a student puts in so much effort, gets an offer for admission to a school he wants to attend, and must turn it down because it isn’t affordable...
PSAT test time: Time for teens to tweet and parents to tune in
Christian Science Monitor  - Oct 15, 2014
If parents want to know what their teen is thinking, a scan of Twitter in the early morning, perhaps while their own teens is standing outside waiting for the bus, might be the best indicator. ....
Archives - Parents
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Do College Admission Reps Know Much?
The College Solution Blog  - Oct 20, 2014
Is your university need blind? I once saw a couple of enthusiastic young admission reps from a pair of Catholic universities back East try to answer that question at a college conference. The reps were specifically asked whether their schools might reject some applicants if they required a lot of financial assistance....
You could tour a campus without leaving your hometown. Cue the TourBox
USA Today  - Oct 20, 2014
What if you could visit your dream college without leaving your hometown? With YouVisit, you can. YouVisit, a website that builds virtual tours for college campuses, has developed a headset called TourBox that allows students to immerse themselves into a campus environment through virtual reality technology.....
@College Let me in! #prettyplease
MarketPlace  - Oct 21, 2014
Be it bad or babealicious, college admissions officers are paying attention to all that sharing. "Institutions of higher education are most definitely reviewing that to find out how they are being evaluated," ....
The importance of overnight visits when considering colleges
Bay Area College Admissions Examiner  - Oct 21, 2014
A great way for students to really experience a college is to spend the night on campus. Many admissions offices offer overnight experiences in the residence halls as part of their campus visit programs. All students, especially those who are planning to live on campus, should take advantage of this opportunity....
Archives - Visiting/Interviews
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A College Financial Aid Guide for Families Who Have Saved Nothing
New York Times  - Oct 18, 2014
A mother of five children in Bath, Me., admitted on the New York Times’s Motherlode blog earlier this year that she and her husband had no college savings. Their son, a high school junior, was about to leave for a college tour with some leftover Easter eggs for food, a tent and his one good pair of pants.....
5 myths about student financial aid
Chicago Tribune  - Oct 20, 2014
's time for thoughts about college applications, which means students are filled with anxiety over whether they will get into their dream school, quickly followed by their (and their parents') panic over how they will pay for it. For those already in school, this is a time of sticker shock as tuition bills for the new semester start to arrive.....
Archives - Financial Aid & Scholarships
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Career & Technical Education

Vocational High School Programs an Option for Teens
US News - Oct 20, 2014
For teens who desire a unique learning experience, a vocational high school program may be a good fit. In vocational high school programs – which are also known as career and technical education programs – students study a skill or trade, such as engineering or plumbing, in addition to completing academic core requirements.....
Why Germany is so much better at training its workers
Quartz - Oct 19, 2014
At last, unemployment is easing. But the latest low rate—hovering below 6%–obscures a deeper, longer-term problem: “skills mismatches” in the labor force, which will only worsen in years to come. According to the most recent figures, 9.3 million Americans are unemployed, but 4.8 million jobs stand empty because employers can’t find people to fill them.....
Archives - Career & Technical Education
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In New York, Vocational Skills Could Count Toward Diploma
New York Times  - Oct 20, 2014
The New York State Board of Regents gave initial approval to a major change to high school graduation requirements on Monday, allowing students to earn their diplomas with one fewer test if they pass another assessment in a range of subjects like languages, the arts, hospitality management and carpentry....
Delaware colleges to waive application fees
Delaware Online - Oct 16, 2014
Delaware’s colleges will waive application fees for in-state students who apply during the state’s College Application Month, which started this week and runs through Nov. 21. Delaware Tech and Wilmington University have waived fees for students participating in the program for two years. ....
30 Mass. colleges drop SAT requirements
WCVB - Oct 21, 2014
While the number of Massachusetts students taking the SAT is up, a growing number of colleges in the state are no longer requiring applicants to submit their scores, The Enterprise reported..
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Teen Driving

Better Ways to Teach Teens to Drive
Wall Street Journal  - Oct 21, 2014
It’s one of the most dreaded rites of child-rearing—teaching a teenager to drive. Many parents are riding shotgun with their teens for 40 hours or more to provide the supervised practice required to get a driver’s license in most states....
Studies: Parents set bad examples for driving teens
USA Today  - Oct 20, 2014
Parents often subscribe to a "do as I say, not as I do" mentality. But studies show parents are unknowingly sabotaging their teen drivers by not practicing what they preach....
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