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The College Education Game Just Got Changed
TIME - Apr 24, 2015
Arizona State now offers online pay-as-you-pass freshman years with no required SAT. Arizona State University (ASU) is partnering with the education nonprofit edX to offer students around the world the opportunity to take freshman year courses online..
Debunking The ‘No Point In Applying’ Mentality For Low-Income Students
WBUR.org - Cognoscenti - Apr 27, 2015
Corinthian Colleges, once one of the largest for-profit educational institutions in the country, announced it will close its remaining 28 campuses, effective immediately. How can the government prevent this from happening again?...
Why Corinthian Colleges went belly up (+video)
The Christian Science Monitor - Apr 27, 2015
Corinthian Colleges, once one of the largest for-profit educational institutions in the country, announced it will close its remaining 28 campuses, effective immediately. How can the government prevent this from happening again?...
To Get More Students Through College, Give Them Fewer Choices
NPR.org - Apr 23, 2015
How many different flavors of jam do you need to be happy? In 2000, a famous experiment showed that when people were presented with a supermarket sampler of 24 exotic fruit flavors..
Are college admissions applications outdated and inefficient?
Washington Post - Apr 27, 2015
Most high-school seniors planning to enroll in college this fall already have made up their minds about where they are going. But for many others, this is the final week to make a choice: ...
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

Your Crucial 1st Step Before Looking for Colleges
The College Solution Blog - Apr 27, 2015
If paying for college is going to be a challenge, and it usually is, it’s important that you obtain your Expected Family Contribution before your begin looking at colleges with your teenagers....
Secrets of College Admissions Officers
TeenLife Blog - Apr 27, 2015
As a parent of two students who attended college and as a coach for thousands of parents who are sending their own children to college, I have always believed that the college admissions process is highly subjective....
College Admissions: Avoiding Senioritis and Spring Meltdown
GoLocalProv College Admissions - Apr 27, 2015
It’s an insidious and highly contagious disease. No one really talks about it, and the American Psychological Association doesn’t recognize it, but nevertheless, it exists. It affects only a small subset of society, high school seniors ...
Inappropriate Question?
Inside Higher Ed - Apr 23, 2015
The Common Application is planning to let colleges add a question for applicants that some admissions leaders believe is unethical and will encourage more gaming of the admissions process. ...
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How Much Should 'Elite' Matter When Deciding Where to Go to College?
WGBH.org OnCampus - Apr 27, 2015
Admission and rejection letters are in. Now, high school seniors are trying to decide which colleges they'll choose, and where they'll put down their deposits by the looming May 1 deadline .....
12 things to do after submitting your tuition deposit
Bay Area College Admissions Examiner - Apr 21, 2015
Congratulations to all of the students who have made their final college choice. While the big choice has been made and the tuition deposit has been sent, there are still some things students need to remember before heading off to college in the fall. Here are 12 easy, but important, things to do .....
Consider the Downside of Attending a Reach School
US News - Apr 27, 2015
There is a lifetime supply of quotations about following your dreams. There are far fewer, however, about the dangers of following these dreams too far. And this advice applies to college as well.?.....
Plan B: When One Door Closes, Another One Opens
Poughkeepsie Journal - Apr 27, 2015
May 1 – National Candidates Reply Date--is around the corner. If you’ve not yet selected the college or university you want to attend next fall, now’s the time to identify the institution that seems best suited to your unique needs, interests and personality.....
4 things to do after you're accepted
Idaho Statesman - Apr 27, 2015
It's that time of year again. Acceptance letters have arrived and many high school seniors are posting their future plans all over Facebook. But what happens next? Between confusing financial aid paperwork...
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Guide to Life: How to get the most from a college visit
The Columbus Dispatch  - Apr 25, 2015
Too often, Jeff Kallay hears about families who head into college visits unprepared. They ask easy questions whose answers are readily found on school websites...
How to Make the Most of "Admitted Student" Days
Huffington Post  - Apr 25, 2015
You might be wondering about what happens once you have been accepted to a college. Or you might be wondering about what happens if you have been accepted to more than one school..
Archives - Visiting/Interviews
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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Apr 30, 2015
Three Keys to a Successful National College Signing Day
High schools are making a pretty big deal out of National College Signing Day, which comes up this Friday. Long established as the official end of the college search process... More

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Getting In to College Doesn’t Mean Students Are Ready to Go
New York Times - Motherlode - Apr 19, 2015
PRINCETON, N.J. -- More U.S. parents worry about having enough money to pay for their children's college education than other Americans worry about any common financial concerns...
How Parents Feel About Affording College: Pick a Synonym for Scared
TIME - Apr 29, 2015
Survey finds most parents fail to put their college savings in investments that can keep up with tuition. How do parents feel about saving for college? How many different words are there for anxious?...
Last-Minute Advice for Parents Paying for College - Part I
Huffington Post - Apr 25, 2015
Four years of homework. Two years of SAT madness. Half a dozen AP classes. And countless hours at volleyball games, debate team competitions, and soup kitchen volunteer work...
Archives - Parents
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What Every Student Should Know Before Opting Out of Standardized Tests
TIME - Apr 27, 2015
Perhaps you’ve heard the saying, “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” For years, college-bound students were defined by a single facet of their applications (namely, their ACT or SAT score),...
Countdown to College: What’s up with the new SAT
Charlotte Observer - Apr 27, 2015
Right around now, when seniors are finalizing their college plans, is when parents of sophomores and juniors start dipping their toes in the college admissions process pool....
Archives - SATs & ACTs
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5 Expensive College Financial Aid Gotchas
TIME.com - Apr 27, 2015
A financial aid letter might look generous but actually come with costly caveats. It’s crunch time for high school seniors: May 1 is College Decision Day, the day most college-bound students will let universities and colleges know whether they will be enrolling... ..
How to Appeal College Financial Aid Offers
New York Times - Apr 25, 2015
By now, most prospective college students have received their letters of acceptance and are weighing their financial aid packages. But what if the financial aid offer at your preferred school isn’t what you had hoped?.. ..
Timing, complexity of FAFSA college-aid form deters applicants
Providence Journal - Apr 26, 2015
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A lot has changed about applying to college, but one thing that has endured for generations is the dreaded FAFSA.. ..
Archives - FinAid/Scholarships
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Vocational Education Desperately Needed
EdWeek (registration required) - Apr 29, 2015
Every time I read about the importance of a bachelor's degree, I have to wonder if advocates are in touch with reality. The argument invariably refers to the wage premium. But the wage premium is more nuanced than it initially appears..
Time to skill up, America!
CNBC - Apr 23, 2015
With the U.S. economy and job market feeling the forces of globalization and the ever-increasing pace of technological change, the key to the nation's economic success in the years to come will be a skilled, well educated and productive workforce...
Get a Jump-Start on 3 Careers in High School
US News - Apr 27, 2015
High school isn't usually a place where teens discover their future careers. "Most kids coming out of high school have no idea what it is that they want to do," says Victoria Gailliard-Garrick, director of William M. Davies Jr. Career and Technical High School in Lincoln, Rhode Island.?...
Archives - CTE
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Summer Jobs

College Admissions: Get a Summer Job
GoLocal PDX College Admissions - Apr 16, 2015
Many students want to choose summer activities that will “impress” a college. Since application readers are humans with distinct personalities and preferences,...
Preparing Your Teen For The Job Of Getting A Summer Job
Forbes - Apr 26, 2015
Snow may still be a recent memory and the chilly night air a reality, but now is the time to help your teens think about summer employment. The good news is that 2015 may be a banner year for summer hires....
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New program at UMass helps students with disabilities transition to campus life
Gazette - Apr 29, 2015
NORTHAMPTON — University of Massachusetts student Brian Krutzler looked good and he knew it. He went classic for the April 10 prom on the 11th floor of the Campus Center: black tuxedo, crisp white dress shirt, black bow tie and matching cummerbund, single rose pinned on the lapel for a little extra swank....
Maryland bill would require extra training for school counselors
Washington Post - Apr 28, 2015
When Lauryn Santiago’s grades started to slip two years ago, her mother, Linda Diaz, suspected something was wrong. Diaz called her daughter’s high school and asked the counselor to meet with Lauryn. But the meeting never happened.....
Delaware making college more accessible
News Journal - Apr 24, 2015
When Nicole Mejia opened the letters and found she'd been accepted to college, she "freaked out." "I was rolling on the floor. I was laughing, I was crying," Mejia said. "My sister was looking at me like I was crazy."...
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Teen Driving

Teen texting and driving dips with state laws
GoLocal PDX College Admissions - Apr 27, 2015
(Reuters Health) - According to a new analysis of nationwide surveys, teens report less texting while driving in the years following statewide bans. But texting while driving rates are still high, the researchers found....
Mom in car changes teen driver's brain
Health Central - Apr 29, 2015
Teenage drivers make safer decisions when their mom is next to them in the passenger seat. But the effect may actually go beyond that, says a study from the University of Illinois. Having a mother in the car can actually change the brain activity of teen drivers.....
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