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Just how high can college tuition go?
Washington Post  - Mar 2, 2015
Twenty-one years ago, as I entered my senior year in college, my alma mater reached a significant milestone: the price tag passed the $20,000 mark. Today, tuition, fees, room, and board for a senior at Ithaca College are more than twice that, at about $53,000. ...
Prepare For 'The End Of College': Here's What Free Higher Ed Looks Like
NPR.org - Fresh Air  - Mar 3, 2015
A lot of parents start worrying about paying for college education soon after their child is born. After that, there's the stressful process of applying to colleges, and then, for those lucky enough to get admitted into a good college, there's college debt.. ...
Gaming the Numbers? Conflicting College Admissions Messages Confound Parents and Kids
Washington Monthly  - Mar 2, 2015
NEW YORK — A friend snapped photos of the colorful college brochures cramming his high school son’s mailbox and posted the pile on Facebook with a message that all but gushed, “Look which schools want us!”. ...
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

College Admissions: 6 Biggest Lies in College Admissions
GoLocalProv College Admissions  - Mar 2, 2015
Every year, families around the country flock to information sessions and campus tours at colleges. While the vast majority are wonderful, a few misleading themes tend to emerge.....
How to make the most of a college fair
Charlotte Observer  - Mar 2, 2015
Just as the college admissions process has changed dramatically over the last few decades, so too has the annual College Fair. In the “old days,” attending the College Fair was a little akin to the famous Filene’s Basement “Running of the Brides” Annual Wedding Gown sale.....
Two necessary steps before searching for colleges
Long Island College Prep Examiner  - Mar 3, 2015
The best way to find reliable information is to go to the source. Parents and students seeking advice about financial aid for college can visit the federal website for the FAFSA. The college-bound wanting to check out how well a good on paper college fits them can go on a campus visit..
College Admissions: Create an Academic Resume
GoLocalPDX College Admissions  - Mar 4, 2015
You probably think of a resume as something you need when you apply for a job. If you are a high school student, you may or may not need that sort of resume, but it is a good idea to start an academic resume as early as 9th grade. You will use your academic resume for all the following purposes:.....
Hone your genuine skills to wow colleges
Poughkeepsie Journal - Mar 1, 2015
Consider this tale of two seniors applying to the same highly selective college from the same high school in New York state: Student X is an (almost) straight-A student with high 600s/low 700 SATs. His academic schedule includes mostly Regents and a couple of honors-level courses..
8 Tips for Applying to College Acting Programs
Backstage.com  - Mar 2, 2015
So you’re a high school junior getting ready to apply to college theater programs. As you’ve probably guessed, it’s not an easy process; auditioning for acting programs in particular is a stressful, even terrifying endeavor.....
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College admissions decisions are coming
Bay Area College Admissions Examiner  - Feb 27, 2015
If college admissions decisions have not already started arriving, they will soon. Some colleges still send out their decisions through the mail, while others have gone “high tech” by emailing students or asking them to log into their admissions portal....
Waiting for acceptance letters can be an emotional roller coaster
San Jose Mercury News  - Mar 3, 2015
Parents, this one is for you. Right now, your high school senior is on pins and needles waiting to hear back from colleges. He may have heard back from some already or is yet to receive a single decision. He may not express this to you,....
The College Waiting Game
Sun-Sentinel  - Feb 25, 2015
Parents, this one is for you. Right now, your high school senior is on pins and needles waiting to hear back from colleges. He may have heard back from some already or is yet to receive a single decision. He may not express this to you,....
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10 Things I Wish I'd Asked During College Visits
Huffington Post  - Mar 4, 2015
I used to love reading about what to ask on a college tour. The lists ranged from some of the largest news sources to random blogspots hidden after page one of my Google search, and I used quite a few of their questions when I went on my own tours....
What To Bring To A College Interview
LearnU  - Mar 4, 2015
Preparing for a college interview is nerve wracking on it’s own. Things are definitely kicked up a notch when you’re trying to figure out exactly what you need to bring to a college interview...
Campus Visits Are Over-rated, Stressful
Hartford Courant  - Feb 23, 2015
High school junior Malia Obama, 16, probably will be visiting college campuses this summer, like other teens nationwide. I suspect, like many such students, she will be getting more advice about this than she thinks she needs,....
Archives - Visiting/Interviews
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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Mar 5, 2015
Assumptions Can Kill a College Search It’s been a long, cold, lonely winter in Michigan, even though we haven’t had our share of snow this year. The blizzard began in early January, ... More
More college and career training needed for school counselors, lawmakers say
Desert News - Mar 2, 2015
SALT LAKE CITY — School counselors are trained to help students graduate from high school. But Utah lawmakers are hoping to better equip school counselors with the knowledge and skills necessary to help students prepare for college and beyond....

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4 Questions to Help Parents, Students Compare College Admissions Offers
US News  - Mar 2, 2015
​After years of planning, months of research and weeks of travel to and from college campuses, your high school senior has finally begun to receive college acceptance letters. Chances are you reached this point as a team, and chances are that not all of your student’s admissions offers are equally attractive. ...
Helicopter Parents: Are They Really All That Bad?
TeenLife Blog  - Mar 2, 2015
Much airtime has been given to the phenomenon of helicopter parenting, categorized as overstepping the acceptable boundaries of being a caring, guiding influence, ...
Does It Matter Which College Your Child Chooses? Probably Not
WBUR.org  - Mar 4, 2015
Between now and April 1, parents of high school seniors will be eagerly trolling their mailboxes, hoping to spot fat, cheer-worthy college acceptance envelopes. ...
Paying For College: When To Position Assets To Qualify For More College Financial Aid
Forbes  - Mar 2, 2015
Should you reposition your assets to qualify for more college financial aid? The best advice on positioning clients’ assets for financial aid is based on several factors, but first let’s clarify what type of financial aid the asset question pertains to...
Archives - Parents
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ACT and SAT Security Measures Found to Deter Cheaters
EdWeek  - Feb 26, 2015
Administrators of the ACT and SAT report that new security measures put in place to reduce cheating are working....
How to prep for the SAT and ACT for little or no money
MarketWatch  - Feb 24, 2015
Sure, the cost of higher education keeps getting, well, higher, with a private college now running more than $40,000 for tuition and room and board per year. But there’s one related expense that may actually be getting more affordable.....
Archives - SATs & ACTs
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Shrink The FAFSA? Good Luck With That
NPR.org  - Mar 4, 2015
Look closely. Buried deep in President Obama's 2016 budget (Page 41) is a proposal to cut up to 30 questions from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.. ...
The Magic Trick That Could Help Students Pay For College
NPR.org  - Mar 4, 2015
It's deadline time for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Better known as the FAFSA. The daunting application — with its 108 questions — stands between many college hopefuls and much-needed financial aid ...
Key Factors You're Ignoring When Comparing College Costs
Daily Finance  - Feb 26, 2015
College acceptances will soon come rolling in. Families of college-bound students already know how important it is to compare aid packages, look for scholarships and carefully assess loan terms. ...
5 Alternative Sources for College Financial Aid
US News  - Mar 2, 2015
The average cost for a year of in-state public college tuition and fees for 2014-2015 is $22,410, according to the College Board. For students attending a private school, the cost more than doubles, with expenses averaging $46,272...
College: I'll Only Go If I Know (That I Can Afford It)
NPR.org - EdBlog  - Mar 2, 2015
It's Financial Aid Week here at the NPR Ed Team (not really, but it sure feels like it). And we're kicking things off with a nostalgia nugget for all you children of the '80s....
Archives - FinAid/Scholarships
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Report: Teens Who Work More Likely To Go To College
WBAA,org  - Feb 26, 2015
The annual Kids Count report says students who have a job during their high school years are less likely to drop out and those who participate in programs that give them work experience are more likely to go to college....
Study: Strategies to Strengthen U.S. Manufacturing Could Be Learned from Germany
Quality Magazine  - Feb 26, 2015
Germany's world-class manufacturing sector benefits from powerful public-private collaborations on applied research to support innovation and a dual model of vocational education to sustain a highly trained workforce.....
Archives - CTE
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Committee Passes Second Chance Bill For Seniors
Texas Tribune  - Mar 4, 2015
A bill that could give Texas public high school seniors who have failed the state's mandatory exams a chance to graduate this May was approved by the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday.....
Texas College Accepted ‘Unqualified Students’ With Political Ties And Destroys The Evidence
The Global Dispatch  - Mar 3, 2015
An investigation of the University of Texas-Austin’s admissions practices revealed that several dozen undergraduates were “less qualified” but that political connections and “outisde influences” enabled students admission to higher level programs....
What Went Wrong With Florida Testing Yesterday?
NPR.org - State Impact Florida  - Mar 3, 2015
Yesterday school districts across the state had to suspend the state writing test. It was the first day Florida schools attempted to use the Florida Standards Assessments....
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Teen Dating

Study: One in five teen girls victim of dating violence
USA Today  - Mar 2, 2015
Twenty-one percent of high school girls have been physically or sexually assaulted by someone they dated -- a figure twice as high as previously estimated, a new study shows. ...
Teen Dating Violence Harms Both Genders, Government Report Shows
TIME  - Mar 2, 2015
Findings from a new U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study reveal that nearly 21% of female teens who date have experienced some form of violence at the hands of their partner in the last year—and almost half of male students report the same....
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