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Economic Inequality Goes To College
WBUR.org - OnPoint  - Apr 13, 2015
American students, and their parents, have been complaining about the rising price of college since the 1980s, when schools began hiking annual tuition charges well above the rate of inflation. But rarely do we hear politicians or student groups railing against the sticker prices of college food and dorm rooms...
Three Radical Proposals for a Broken College Admissions Process
Observer  - Apr 15, 2015
The going rate in New York for a private admissions counselor is $25,000, with some, who boast staffs comprised exclusively of Ivy League admission office alumni, commanding upward of $40,000 for a year of admission guidance...
Experts disagree whether earning a college degree is worth the expense
Los Angeles Times  - Apr 15, 2015
Many high school seniors and their parents are in the throes of deciding which college to attend and figuring out how to pay for it. The biggest question for...
Room and Board charges rising faster than inflation
Hechinger Report  - Apr 13, 2015
American students, and their parents, have been complaining about the rising price of college since the 1980s, when schools began hiking annual tuition charges well above the rate of inflation. But rarely do we hear politicians or student groups railing against the sticker prices of college food and dorm rooms...
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

Beyond prestige and comfort: The right way to choose a college
Washington Post - Apr 12, 2015
It’s decision time for high school seniors around the country, who are choosing which college/university they will attend in the fall, and its the start of decision time for high school juniors,.....
Why Small Colleges Are Great For Science Students
Forbes - Apr 10, 2015
Today is the first of several Accepted Students Days at Union College, where I’m a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy (and, for my sins, the current department chair…). As such, I’m thinking a bit about how to sell the school to students,...
How Many AP Classes Do Elite Colleges Require?
The College Solution Blog - Apr 7, 2015
If your child is aiming for the most elite schools – the Ivies, MIT, Stanford and a few others at the very top of the rankings heap – you might be wondering how many Advanced Placement courses he or she must take........
College Planning Checklist for High School Juniors
Huffington Post - Apr 7, 2015
Ah, Senioritis: that highly contagious condition that strikes college-bound high school seniors this time each year, manifesting itself in a range of symptoms that Urban Dictionary defines as including ......
What to know before you go to the NACAC National College Fair
Newsday (sponsored content) - Apr 7, 2015
National College Fairs offer an exciting opportunity to talk to the people in the know. Admission representatives from a variety of colleges are all gathered in one place, just waiting to answer your questions.....
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5 Ways to Get Off a Wait List
TeenLife Blog - Apr 15, 2015
It’s college decision time and disappointed teens are receiving news they have been placed on the college wait list. A wait list decision does not reject an applicant outright, but it also offers an uncomfortable level of ambiguity about whether an applicant will receive an acceptance to the college later......
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What Your Rejection Letter Really Means About The College That Sent It
Huffington Post - Apr 11, 2015
After years of studying and testing, culminating in the stressful college application process, countless high school seniors this time of year nervously await the acceptance or rejection letters and emails. We all know rejection hurts but here is what the college rejection letter really tells you about the college rejecting you.......
NO acceptances: What to do when the door seems closed
DC College Admissions Examiner - Apr 13, 2015
IIt’s not an outcome anyone wants to consider. But every now and again, a college applicant reaches the end of the trail with nothing positive to report....
Archives - Waiting/Rejection/Deferred
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Countdown to College: Making the most of Accepted Student Days
Charlotte Observer - Apr 13, 2015
May 1, the official day where students need to notify colleges if they’re coming this fall, is creeping up on everyone. “Accepted Student Days” are a new-ish phenomenon whose objective is to lure students to say “yes.”....
4 benefits of shadowing a current college student
USA Today - Apr 14, 2015
Have you ever wished that you could test drive a college or university before deciding which school to attend? If so, here’s some great news — you can! A growing number of colleges now offer shadowing programs, which allow high school students to spend a day....
Personalized college tours only a ‘Sherpa’ can provide
DC College Admissions Examiner - Apr 15, 2015
So you and your family are well into your 10th college tour, and they’re all beginning to sound the same—blue lights, meal ticket swipes and thousands of books in the library....
Archives - Visiting/Interviews
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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Apr 16, 2015
April Showers Bring--Data?
There’s something about mid-April that inspires school counselors as nothing else can. For many, it may be that students have an extra spring in their step, now that they have shed their winter coats.... More

School counselors speak out about standardized testing
Taos News  - Apr 13, 2015
When three school counselors addressed the Taos School Board at a meeting in March, one did all she could to hold back tears. The volume of standardized testing, they contend, is forcing them to give up their primary jobs — addressing the many and ever-changing emotional, social and behavioral needs of students. ..

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Separating Parent & Teen College Dreams
TeenLife Blog - Apr 13, 2015
A few weeks ago, I took my daughter, a high school junior, to visit a college an hour away from our home. On paper, the school seemed like a good fit for her. But between the tour, the information session and the other students we met on campus....
'My Kid Just Got Into Harvard' And Other Things You Should Never Say At Work
Huffington Post - Apr 7, 2015
Ah, children: They’re a great conversational equalizer and icebreaker. Still, there’s a fine line between pleasant conversation, which can create bonds with coworkers, and outright bragging (“Timmy’s the valedictorian!”) or venting (“Timmy’s in jail!”),....
Archives - Parents
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A Short, Thumb-nail Sketch of What's Going on With College Admissions Testing: The "New" SAT and "Old" ACT
Huffington Post - Apr 14, 2015
As you may have heard, there is a new SAT being released in 2016. Students should know that many colleges plan to accept both the old and the new, redesigned SAT for the 2015-16 (current juniors) application season. On the other hand, for the Class of 2016-2017 (current sophomores)...
AP or SAT subject tests? When to use which exam
SAT Prep Examiner - Apr 13, 2015
ACT, AP, IB, SAT, and SAT Subject Tests – in an increasingly competitive college admissions world, there seems to be no shortage of exams that are designed to measure a student’s academic potential...
3 Things Students Must Know About ACT Constructed Response Tests
US News - Apr 13, 2015
Entrance exams like the ACT and SAT have gone through significant changes in recent years. While the redesigned SAT is receiving a great deal of attention, the ACT will also begin to debut a new format in the spring of 2015. ....
Is an SAT Prep Course Worth the Cost?
Yahoo News - Apr 8, 2015
Only one thing was stopping Justis Slattery from playing soccer in college: his SAT scores. He found a school he wanted to attend, and soccer coach he really wanted to play for, says his mother, Stacy. He earned a coveted spot on the team, and an admissions counselor told him he shouldn't have any problem getting in. ....
Archives - SATs & ACTs
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Five flaws with college financial aid letters
Washington Post - Apr 10, 2015
College acceptances — and rejections — are now out and millions of students are trying to figure out how they are going to afford to go to college. Complicating that effort are financial aid letters sent from colleges, which can be so confusing as to be indecipherable. ..
6 tips for appealing a financial aid award
CBS News MoneyWatch - Apr 16, 2015
This is the time of year in the college admission season when colleges and universities break the hearts of millions of applicants. ..
College Financial Aid: Five Ways To Get the Best Package
Forbes - Apr 10, 2015
I’m currently in the process of reviewing financial aid offers for my oldest daughter, who will be attending college in the fall. There are six offers on the table, three from private colleges and from three big public universities.. ..
How to Understand Your Financial Aid Package
Her Campus  - Apr 13, 2015
Financial aid packages can definitely be tricky (what do half these words even mean?!). There are various types of financial aid, and it may be difficult to understand which you received and what they mean. ..
Getting 'Merit-Aid' for college
The Times  - Apr 13, 2015
Think of merit aid for college as you do the “Airline Model.” Rather than take off with empty seats, airlines have discovered that it’s smarter to sell the empty seats at a discount. The economic theory: Having some revenue is better than having no revenue. ..
Archives - FinAid/Scholarships
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Career Technical Education Programs Honored for Excellence
Education Week (registration required) - Apr 9, 2015
When reviewing applications for its 2015 "Excellence in Action" awards, these two programs were among nine that stood out to the selection committee of the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium....
Report: Schools Should Focus More on Soft Skills
The Journal - Apr 9, 2015
A new study from Wainhouse Research finds that a large minority, 39 percent, of education stakeholders say their schools should be doing a better job of preparing students for the workforce.....
Archives - CTE
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Teen summer programs that don’t break the bank
Boston Globe  - Apr 12, 2015
Summer vacation is in sight, and for parents looking to maximize the time off to best showcase their teenager’s worldliness, intelligence, compassion, and other amazing qualities for the sake of the all-important college application, the possibilities are endless....
Why summer internships are not right for everyone
USA Today - Apr 14, 2015
Question: A bunch of my friends keep talking about their upcoming summer internship plans, but I don’t have a clue yet what I’m doing this summer. What I really want to do is get a low-stress job, make some money, and take it easy....
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Regional report spells out advantages of advanced manufacturing
New Hampshire Business Review  - Apr 8, 2015
When a report compiled by global consulting firm Deloitte and the New England Council declares New England is preparing to “trailblaze the new technology frontier,” it’s worth paying mind........
Are N.J. colleges too sensitive about controversial celebrity visits? (POLL)
NJ.com  - Apr 9, 2015
Two New Jersey colleges have stirred controversy of late, after extending invitations to well-regarded hip-hop artists. ....
More students using community college to save money on a four-year college education
Portland Press Herald  - Apr 12, 2015
While everyone talks about the rising costs of college, possibly the best-kept secret about higher education is the college that’s nearly free - community college.....
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Teen Stress

American Teens Are Stressed and Bored. It’s Time to Talk About Feelings
TIME - Apr 10, 2015
When do parents of a student in the Fairfield public schools have to be notified that child is the subject of an investigation into bullying? That was the question debated by Board of Education members Tuesday before they unanimously approved a revised policy on bullying that now includes teen dating violence.....
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