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Big Picture

Obama plan would make community colleges nearly free for millions
Los Angeles Times  - Jan 8, 2015
Aiming to dramatically expand access to higher education, President Obama on Thursday proposed making community college virtually free for millions of high school graduates — a potential boon for California's system, the largest in the nation....
The high cost of free community college
CBS News - MoneyWatch  - Jan 12, 2015
President Obama generated a huge amount of press recently when he unveiled an ambitious proposal to make community college free for tens of millions of Americans......
A 'sizable decrease' in those passing the GED
Minnesota Public Radio - Jan 9, 2015
One year after the launch of a major overhaul of the GED exam — the first since 2002 — the high school equivalency program has seen a sharp drop in the number of people who took and passed the test.....
Increase economic mobility by busting college myths
Reuters  - Jan 12, 2015
(Reuters) - One way to improve economic mobility in the United States may be to fix the misconceptions that high-achieving, low-income teenagers often have about college.......
Why colleges aggressively recruit applicants just to turn them down
PBS Newshour  - Jan 12, 2015
When Tel Kelley began his college search, he knew he wanted to go to a big school with a top-notch sports medicine program and big-time intercollegiate teams.....
For-Profit Colleges
NPR.org  - Jan 9, 2015
For-profit colleges say they give the poor, people of color and immigrants access to a higher education that they otherwise wouldn't have. But critics say it may be a way to make more money.....
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

5 Strategies to Strengthen College Applications With a MOOC
US News  - Jan 12, 2015
Massive open online courses have been changing how Internet-savvy students learn since they first appeared in 2008. Originally hailed as a revolution with the power to make traditional colleges obsolete, MOOCs are now often seen as a supplement to in-person education,...
Common App unveils new pricing plan
DC College Admissions Examiner  - Jan 12, 2015
Just in time to ring in the New Year, officials at the Common Application unveiled a new, three-tier pricing plan along with a price guarantee feature for those institutions willing to pay memberships fees ahead for up to a maximum of five years..
For those trying to sort through the maze of college options, a Web site offers answers — and some college officials shudder
Washington Post  - Jan 13, 2015
These weren’t exactly the results Pam Horne, the dean of admissions at Purdue University, was expecting: A company billing itself as “the leading provider of research and analysis in higher education” ...
7 Ways to Stay Calm When Waiting for College Decisions
Her Campus - Jan 12, 2015
ou do a ton of work applying to college— prepping for the SAT, gathering all of your application materials and writing the perfect college admissions essay—so it’s only natural for you to be anxious to hear back as soon as you send it all in, right? ....
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How College Early Admissions Favor the Rich
Bloomberg - Jan 15, 2015
Jan. 13 (Bloomberg) -- Bloomberg's Janet Lorin reports on why college early-admission programs favor affluent families.....
Early Admission Reject? Blame the Seven Sisters
Bloomberg  - Jan 13, 2015
By now, thousands of U.S. high school seniors who applied for early decision from the university of their dreams have found out whether their hopes have been fulfilled -- or dashed...
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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Putting New Life in Scheduling Time
Post - Jan 14, 2015

The task school counselors love to hate is back. No matter how often we point out that we never had a graduate course in Scheduling, principals find a way to make sure our winter months are filled with bubble forms and spreadsheets ... More
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Students need to make time for a good night's snooze
San Jose Mercury News  - Jan 12, 2015
It is no secret that teens are not getting enough sleep these days. With endless screen time, mounds of homework and crammed schedules, teens are sacrificing sleep just to keep up....
Why You Might Want to Take Student Loans Before Using Up College Savings
TIME  - Jan 8, 2015
Q: “My daughter will be starting college this fall. I’m estimating the tuition will be about $25,000 each year. I’ve got about $45,000 put aside in a 529 for her. When should I tap that money?” ...
Spying on College Life, via Yik Yak
New York Times  - Jan 11, 2015
I’m a recovering helicopter parent with an only child who is now in college. The transition for her has been wonderful, almost seamless. For me, not so much....
Archives - Parents
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Gap Year

More High School Students Considering ‘Gap Year’
TWCNews  - Jan 12, 2015
Eight months after graduating from high school, things are going well for Alaina Ring. She is currently in the middle of her gap year, a growing trend where high school seniors don't go to college right away. ..
Archives - Gap Year
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SAT vs. ACT: Facts To Help Decide Which College Entrance Exam You Should Take
International Business Times  - Jan 8, 2015
As many university admissions offices close their application periods this month, a new wave of students are starting the process. High school juniors typically take standardized tests like the ACT and SAT in the spring of their 11th grade year....
How to begin preparing for the new SAT Essay now
SAT Prep Examiner  - Jan 8, 2015
Next spring, the first Redesigned SAT will be offered to students. If you are a freshman, sophomore, or junior in high school, you are most likely aware that this admissions staple has undergone tremendous change – after all, it has been the subject of numerous articles! Occasionally, ..
Archives - SATs & ACTs
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Students With Disabilities

College Readiness for Individuals with Executive Functioning Deficits
TeenLife Blog  - Jan 8, 2015
It was not so long ago that individuals with executive functioning (EF) disorders, such as Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autism, had a tough time finding a university setting that was a good match...
Archives - Students With Disabilities
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Save big bucks with these FAFSA tips
Charlotte Observer  - Jan 12, 2015
If you hope to score any need-based aid, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Many families assume they won’t receive aid and don’t bother to file the form....
College Admissions: 6 Costly Financial Aid Mistakes to Avoid
GoLocalProv College Admissions  - Jan 12, 2015
If you have a senior in high school, the next few weeks are critical in the financial aid process. While federal financial aid deadlines (FAFSA) may stretch into the summer, college-based aid is most plentiful now. ...
Answering Your FAFSA Questions
The College Solution Blog  - Jan 12, 2015
Now that we’re officially into the 2015-2016 FAFSA season, I wanted to share some questions that I’ve gotten about financial aid forms via my blog and my popular online courses for professionals and for parents. If you have your own questions, please leave them in the comment box below.....
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Workshops aim to help students maximize college aid
Providence Journal  - Jan 13, 2015
WARWICK — Rhode Island students left $7.6 million in federal Pell grants unclaimed in the 2013-2014 school year because they neglected to apply for federal aid, a study released Monday showed....
When Being a Valedictorian Isn’t Enough
The Atlantic  - Jan 13, 2015
An increasing emphasis on SAT scores is making it harder for students from immigrant and minority families to get into New York City's best public colleges.....
For-Profit Charters Set To Run Pa. District's Schools
NPR.org  - Jan 13, 2015
It's been a hectic couple of months for anyone watching the York school district in Pennsylvania. The district is facing a state takeover and may be about to go all-charter, handing control of education to a for-profit company called Charters USA....
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Teen Health

New Apps Give Teens Easier, Persistent Access To Mental Help
NPR.org  - Jan 13, 2015
Twelve years into a struggle with bulimia and anorexia, Jessie Joachim says she still feels guilty whenever she tells her therapist out loud that she has purged a meal...
Many Teens Think 'Light Smoking' Is Safe, Study Finds
HealthDay  - Jan 12, 2015
While the vast majority of American teens say heavy daily smoking is a major health hazard, many others mistakenly believe that "light" -- or occasional -- smoking isn't harmful....
Online College Fair - CollegeWeekLive


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