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White House Won't Seek To End 529 College Tax Break
NPR.org - Jan 28, 2015
All 50 states and the District of Columbia sponsor 529 plans. Critics had called the proposal to limit them a tax hike on the middle class.,...
College Admissions Racket: They're Not Going to Let You In Anyway
Bloomberg - Jan 28, 2015
Elite colleges are suddenly extending their application deadlines, but some say they're juicing their numbers and giving students false hope...
Mastering the College Admissions Process
WCPN.org - Ideastream - Jan 27, 2015
There are a ton of questions before you set foot on a college campus, much less take your first exam: Which college is the right fit for my interests? How can I increase my chances of getting in? How the heck am I going to pay for it? ...
A Quiet Revolution in Helping Lift the Burden of Student Debt
New York Times - Upshot  - Jan 25, 2015
Has the student loan crisis already been solved? This might seem an absurd question. Student loan debt is at a record high of $1.1 trillion, and the average undergraduate who borrows to attend school graduates ...
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

College Admissions: More College Application Follow-Up Suggestions
GoLocalPDX College Admissions  - Jan 28, 2015
If you are waiting until March to hear back from some of your top-choice schools, it can seem like a very long haul. Even though your application has been submitted, there are still positive actions you can take to stay top-of-mind and let the school know they are one of your top choices....
What to Do if You Regret Applying Early Decision
Her Campus - Jan 23, 2015
Applying early decision to your dream school may have felt like a good decision back in November, but now you’re feeling the pressure roll in...
The Truth About College Prep: Why Students Should Start Early
Huffington Post - Jan 26, 2015
It's never too early to start planning for college. For high school freshmen and sophomores the process may seem far off, but before they know it, they will be facing the end of junior year...
Top 10 New Year's Resolutions to Make Your College Admissions Saner and More Successful
Huffington Post - Jan 28, 2015
How to Contact Alumni to Deepen Your College Research
US News - Jan 26, 2015
Identifying the right college or university for you can be an exhausting process. Electronic and print resources can provide an overview of the academic and social life on a given campus...
How to Stand out on the Common Application
TeenLife Blog - Jan 27, 2015
The very nature of the title of the document gives the impression that the common application is just that—common. But the word “common”doesn’t mean ordinary...
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How to impress in the college interview
Charlotte Observer  - Jan 26, 2015
When practicing for interviews, students need to tiptoe that fine line between bragging about their accomplishments and sharing significant information....
Prospective Students Should Always Visit The Library
Gazettes  - Jan 24, 2015
When visiting a campus one of the last places most students want to see is the library, or, depending on the size of the school, the library system. Neglecting the library, however, is a big mistake.....
Do You Want To Build A Snowman? College Visits In February!
College Search Game Plan  - Jan 20, 2015
Each year colleges and universities are flooded with high school students visiting during their spring vacations. Prospective students love to see the college’s current coeds tossing a Frisbee across the quad or studying for an upcoming exam perched beneath a leafy green tree.....
Archives - Visiting/Interviews
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HSCW Counselors' Corners
What’s in Your Testing Program?
Post - Jan 28, 2015

It’s been a hectic month for school counselors in Michigan who also wear the title of building testing coordinator.... More
Counselors optimistic about resurgence in schools
EdSource  - Jan 22, 2015
Tawnya Pringle was named one of the best school counselors in the nation this year, has won accolades from colleagues and students, and will soon be honored at a special White House ceremony.....
School counselors can struggle under heavy workloads
Pantagraph  - Jan 25, 2015
NORMAL — To 16-year-old Leanne Neill, the Normal Community High School counseling staff has been a godsend.....
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When parents let the college application process be the priority
News & Observer - Jan 22, 2015
Millennials, those born between 1980 and 2000, have been described as entitled and narcissistic. It seems we, Generation X parents, have failed miserably in raising mature, conscientious adults with healthy-sized egos...
How to Encourage a Lazy Teen
TeenLife Blog - Jan 26, 2015
Lazy teens: put on this earth to swing on every last nerve of their parents, right? But why are some teens so absolutely bone-idle? Is it part of their genetic make-up—a rite of passage for all adolescents?...
OnCollege: Keep socking away money for tuition despite talk of savings plan overhaul
San Jose Mercury News - Jan 26, 2015
In the past week, President Barack Obama made a recommendation to overhaul the current 529 college savings plans, Coverdell accounts and prepaid tuition plans....
Archives - Parents
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Why do we tolerate the lifeless SAT and ACT?
Washington Post  - Jan 27, 2015
I don’t need more reasons to loathe the SAT and the ACT, America’s sorry excuses for college entrance exams. They are scary, narrow time-wasters. ....
Archives - SATs & ACTs
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The Myth That Middle-Class Students Don’t Get Financial Aid
Slate  - Jan 27, 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...
2015 FAFSA deadlines are likely to come WAY sooner than you think
DC College Admissions Examiner  - Jan 26, 2015
It’s fair to say that most every college and university in the United States has a clearly posted priority financial aid deadline by which the FAFSA should be filed for students to have the best possible chance of receiving both institutional and federal aid. ...
In the Know: Tips on applying for college financial aid
Echo Press  - Jan 26, 2015
Many families worry about how they will pay for their children’s college education, especially if they have not had the financial means to start or grow a college fund. ...
Archives - FinAid/Scholarships
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Student Athletes

A Long Shot
Inside Higher Ed  - Jan 27, 2015
Odds are, Huma said, he likely wouldn’t have played in the NFL even if he remained healthy. “If you had to generalize, you could easily say no one goes pro,” he said. “That’s how slim the chances are.”...
Why athletes need time off
Lancaster Eagle Gazette  - Jan 24, 2015
LANCASTER – Being an athlete takes a level of commitment that is comparable to little else. Some take the commitment more seriously than others. But, is there a point where that level of commitment becomes dangerous to the athlete?...
Archives - Student Athletes
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New Jersey Bill Proposes More Suicide Prevention Training for Teachers
New York Times  - Jan 26, 2015
The legislation requires public schoolteachers and staff members to receive two hours of suicide prevention training every year.....
N.J. schools to review cutback in exams
NJ.com  - Jan 26, 2015
Governor Christie's commission on student testing on Friday called for school districts to review and to consider cutting back their own exams amid rising concerns about too much testing in schools......
Maine legislators to consider merging university, community college system boards
Bangor Daily News  - Jan 27, 2015
AUGUSTA, Maine — State Rep. Peggy Rotundo, D-Lewiston, says she wants the Legislature to consider creating a single board to guide the state’s higher education systems......
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Why 'Bullying' Is the New 'Little Boy Who Cried Wolf'
Huffington Post  - Jan 22, 2015
As a school counselor and educator on Bullying Prevention, I am privileged to meet with teachers, administrators, counselors, parents, and students from across the United States and Canada.....
Tips to help stop bullying
phillytrib  - Jan 27, 2015
Know it’s not your fault. What people call “bullying” is sometimes an argument between two people. But if someone is repeatedly cruel to you, that’s bullying and you mustn’t blame yourself. No one deserves to be treated cruelly....
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