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Study: Finishing College a Growing Divide Between Rich, Poor
ABC News - Feb 3, 2015
There is a growing divide between who earns a bachelor's degree by age 24, with the gap between the nation's richest and poorest students doubling during the last four decades, according to a report released Tuesday....
The True Costs Of Community College
NPR.org - Jan 30, 2015
On the first day of spring semester at Berkeley City College in Berkeley, Calif., hundreds of students rush to print out their schedules and find their next class. But some have to stand in line at the financial aid office.....
US Colleges Seek Economic Diversity in Students From China
ABC News - Jan 29, 2015
Widely regarded overseas as places only for children of the rich and powerful, top American universities like Yale and Harvard are increasing efforts to attract the best international students, regardless of their financial backgrounds...
College Costs Could Total As Much As $334,000 In Four Years
Forbes - Jan 31, 2015
The most expensive colleges today are elite private colleges at $68,000 per year. While the rate of increase in college costs has slowed...
The Activity Gap
The Atlantic - Jan 30, 2015
Access to after-school programs is growing more unequal, and that's pushing disadvantaged kids further behind....
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

4 Reasons High Schoolers Should Build Strong Teacher Relationships
US News - Feb 2, 2015
An anonymous newsletter and website at Stanford, "Fountain Hopper," has pulled together a five-step process for students to gain access to all their admissions records, including comments written by the admissions officers, under the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).....
Who benefits from new college admission deadline tactic
Long Island College Prep Examiner  - Feb 3, 2015
A new college tactic entered the admission process this year to the surprise of counselors, parents and their college-bound teens. About a dozen top schools offered to extend their January application deadlines and not because of emergencies, storms, website failures...
COLLEGE COUNSELOR: Want To Know Why You Were Accepted?
Gazettes  - Jan 31, 2015
An anonymous newsletter and website at Stanford, "Fountain Hopper," has pulled together a five-step process for students to gain access to all their admissions records, including comments written by the admissions officers, under the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).....
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College Admissions: The 5 Biggest Campus Visit Mistakes
GoLocalProv College Admissions  - Feb 2, 2015
With February and March school vacations around the corner, families are busy planning college visits. If you have a junior in high school, now is the time to get on the road! F...
10 Things to Do on a College Trip
TeenLife Blog  - Jan 30, 2015
“Why Tufts, Harvard, UConn or any other college?” Junior year is usually a busy time as students and their parents plan college visits. Seeing a school can help narrow a student’s top choices and ultimately, provide information....
Archives - Visiting/Interviews
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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Feb 4, 2015
Why You Should Celebrate National School Counseling Week It just figures that National School Counseling Week starts the day after the Super Bowl. ... More
3 Ways High School Counselors Can Help Students, Parents
US News - Feb 3, 2015
No day is typical for high school counselors. "You can have a student walk into your office and they could be homeless," says Tawnya Pringle, a school counselor at Hoover High School in San Diego...
Michelle Obama: Counselors build the bridge to college
ABC News - Jan 30, 2015
Widely regarded overseas as places only for children of the rich and powerful, top American universities like Yale and Harvard are increasing efforts to attract the best international students, regardless of their financial backgrounds...
School Counselors Tell All
Good4Utah - Feb 3, 2015
5 Things School Counselors Want Parents to Know: 1. Teach your kids how to study: How many of you ask you kids if they have homework? There is always something they can read, study and prepare for....
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Is Your First Grader College Ready?
New York Times - Sunday Magazine - Feb 8, 2015
What is college? To Madison Comer, a confident 6-year-old, it is a very big place. “It’s tall,” she explained, outlining the head of Tuffy, the North Carolina State mascot, with a gray crayon. “It’s like high school but it’s higher.”. ....
Why It’s So Hard to Talk to Our Daughters About Campus Rape
TIME - Jan 29, 2015
I have two teenage daughters, which means I live in a household of head-snapping contradictions. Everything you’ve heard about adolescent girls is true, and not true.. ....
Every Teenager Should Be Required to Work a Grubby Job
TIME - Jan 30, 2015
There’s been a lot of talk about Wonder Bread bags since Joni Ernst’s State of the Union response. (Consensus among my colleagues, regardless of party, is that we wore them too, but over our socks and under our boots. Exterior bags must be an Iowa thing.) Less attention has been given to her part-time teenage job making biscuits at Hardee’s. ....
This Is How LinkedIn Can Help You Pick the Right College For Your Kids
Yahoo News - Feb 2, 2015
The other day I asked my daughter, for perhaps the thousandth time, what she wants to be when she grows up. Usually the answer is, “veterinarian.” Sometimes she says “lawyer.” Other times it’s musician or chef. And why not? She writes songs and is a talented cook.. ....
Archives - Parents
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College & career tip of the month: time-line of the tests
golackawanna  - Jan 31, 2015
The colleges that require SAT subject tests are some of the most selective in the country. As a result, the students who take subject tests tend to be stronger than the much larger group of students taking the regular SAT...
Archives - SATs & ACTs
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Student Athletes

Athletic recruitment 101: Be realistic
Charlotte Observer  - Feb 2, 2015
Hey Hollywood, how about a new television show called, “So You Think You Can Be A Professional Athlete?” The stats aren’t encouraging..
College coaches learn about student-athletes from social media
Martinsburg Journal - Jan 31, 2015
While high school student-athletes are learning to use social media as a tool to get more attention from college coaches, college coaches are in the same boat. They're learning how to best use social media and how to best handle their athletes' social media choices...
Archives - Student Athletes
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Fight FAFSA phobia
DC College Admissions Examiner  - Feb 4, 2015
Paying for college is obviously expensive for middle-class families, just like it is for everyone who doesn't have thousands of free dollars to throw around each year...
Understanding financial aid packages
Tyler Paper - Feb 2, 2015
So it’s critical to carefully review the financial aid package being offered by any school that accepts your student. This offer spells out how much money you will need to come up with in order to pay for one full academic yea...
Middle-class families are fed up with their financial aid options
Wasgington Post - Jan 29, 2015
Middle-class families are fed up. President Obama’s attempt to end a tax benefit of college savings accounts exposed a nerve: the frustration felt by families over how hard it is to cover rising tuition costs....
One FAFSA Tip That Will Net More Financial Aid
Forbes - Jan 30, 2015
Since I recently finished the FAFSA for my oldest daughter, who will be entering college in the fall, I did a deep dive on how to fill out this form for financial aid qualification....
Archives - FinAid/Scholarships
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Economists Say Millennials Should Consider Careers In Trades
NPR.org  - Feb 2, 2015
As the economy continues to recover, economists are seeing stark differences between people with high school and college degrees. The unemployment rate is nearly twice as high for Americans with a high school diploma as for those with a four-year college degree or more....
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New Jersey Parents Say Their Kids Won’t Be Taking New PARCC Proficiency Exam
CBS Local - New York  - Jan 29, 2015
ISLEN, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A math and language arts test has been causing controversy in the state of New Jersey, with some parents refusing to allow their kids even to take the exam...
Pennsylvania community colleges launch first statewide prior learning program in U.S.
Pittsburgh Business Times (blog)  - Feb 2, 2015
In an effort to help adult students translate educational, worklife and life experiences into college credit, Pennsylvania's community colleges have launched College Credit FastTrack, the first statewide Prior Learning Assessment initiative in the country. ...
Higher education funding squeezes community colleges
Stardem  - Feb 2, 2015
ANNAPOLIS — A provision in a state statute guarantees that each of Maryland’s community colleges receives no less than it did the prior year, but Gov. Larry Hogan’s proposed budget for the 2016 fiscal year includes plans to reverse that....
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Teen Depression

More College Freshmen Report Having Felt Depressed
New York Times  - Feb 5, 2015
High numbers of students are beginning college having felt depressed and overwhelmed during the previous year, according to an annual survey released on Thursday..
Online College Fair - CollegeWeekLive


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