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Elite colleges need economic diversity: Column
USA Today - May 12, 2015
The American Dream may end up being more myth than reality, with our rising income inequality and stagnant economic mobility. As many high school seniors are learning about their college acceptances, the difficult financial decisions that families face are a timely reminder of the key role higher education must play in turning this tide.....
As Demand Dwindles, Can Small Colleges Survive?
Washington Monthly  - May 11, 2015
In March, Sweet Briar College in rural Virginia announced that it would close because of insurmountable financial troubles. Since then, everyone in higher education has been wondering which college might be next....
The cost of private colleges isn’t actually skyrocketing, these economists say
Washington Post  - May 11, 2015
Everyone knows that college costs are soaring. One quick look at the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ price index for college tuition and fees shows that. According to these data tuition costs are rising faster than even medical care. Although this is now the conventional wisdom, it’s quite wrong....
The Worsening Gap in Higher Education Equality
Washington Monthly  - May 12, 2015
In a recent report on long-term trends in higher education equity, the non-profit Pell Institute came to a dispiriting conclusion: While more students are going to college, income-based gaps are worsening when it comes to higher education quality and degree attainment...
Is panic over college admission overblown?
CBS News MarketWatch - May 11, 2015
Panicky teenagers continue to apply to a growing number of colleges and universities even though their fears of getting rejection letters are overblown. That is one of the big take-home messages of a recent report by the National Association for College Admission Counseling....
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

The hardest part of the college application process
DC College Admissions Examiner - May 13, 2015
For most high school seniors, the college application process has come to a conclusion. Most have committed to two- or four-year colleges or universities, and most are looking forward to launching the next chapter of their lives...
College Admissions: Thanks and Stay in Touch
GoLocal PDX College Admissions  - May 13, 2015
Hooray graduating seniors! In just a few more weeks you will be tossing that graduation cap in the air and moving on to the next phase of life. If you are headed to college in the fall, you didn’t get there on your own. A lot of people helped, and now is the time to say thanks....
6 huge changes for the Common App in 2015-16
DC College Admissions Examiner - May 11, 2015
Although months away, the debut of the 2015-16 Common Application will include six huge changes reflecting recommendations made by counselors and applicants over the past two years—since the “new” Common App came online in August 2013.....
Prioritizing through the college maze
Long Island College Prep Examiner  - May 12, 2015
Ever try fitting a square to-do list into a round day? That’s what many stressed parents and their college-bound students deal with all too often. They face missing key deadlines and opportunities. ...
4 Tips for Selecting Rigorous Courses Without AP, IB
US News  - May 12, 2015
Students without access to Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate classes can still assemble a stellar academic profile. ...
College Admissions: How Social Media Can Ruin Your Application
GoLocalProv College Admissions  - May 11, 2015
A Twitter photo of a student making an obscene gesture with liquor bottles in the background, a Facebook posting of a student at a party holding what appears to be a joint, a blog rant using profane language about another student....
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College Waitlist: When You're Not In, Or Out
Hartford Courant - May 11, 2015
It's probably the most unsettling outcome in the college admissions process: the notification that you're neither in, nor out, but wait-listed.....
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Hope for the rejected
Charlotte Observer  - May 6, 2015
If your stack of responses from colleges included nothing but rejections, you’ll probably want to read further. The first thing to know is that there’s no reason to despair – there are still options. ...
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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - May 14, 2015
First Ever Standards Created for College Counselor Training
It may not seem like summer is just around the corner, but the month that comes after a May of awards assemblies, testing, and graduation audits will bring graduation, longer days, and weather warm enough for ice cream. .. More

U.S. Department of Education Announces More Than $24.8 Million to Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Grants
ISchoolGuide - May 11, 2015
The U.S. Department of Education has recently announced more than $24.8 million grant to 67 schools districts in 26 states across the country for the establishment and expansion of counseling programs...
Slashing Dropout Rate Key to Turnaround in Mass. District
Ed Week (registration required) - May 6, 2015
Seven years ago, this struggling former mill town saw fewer than 40 percent of its high school seniors graduate within four years—putting it in some ignominious company as one of the worst districts for producing high school graduates.....

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How Not to Be a High School Helicopter Parent
US News - May 12, 2015
The change from middle school to high school, while daunting to students, can be equally anxiety-inducing for parents. For adults, the pressure to have their children get the right grades, do the right activities and get into the right college can sometimes seem overwhelming....
Why Parents are Saving Less for Kids’ College
MoneyTalkNews - May 1, 2015
Although parents overwhelmingly agree that a college education is an important investment for their kids, less than half are actually saving for their children’s education.....
How to Prioritize Retirement Versus College Savings
US News - May 11, 2015
Many parents need to save for their own retirement while also helping their children pay for college. But it can be difficult to save for both at the same time. Here are some tips for coordinating your retirement and college savings goals.....
Archives - Parents
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The Right Test to Take For College Acceptance: ACT vs SAT
Say Campus Life - May 11, 2015
DO COLLEGES PREFER ACT OR SAT? -- Today in America the ACT has overtaken the SAT in popularity, which is why parents and students all over the nation are now asking themselves which exam is more important for college acceptance, the SAT or ACT?.....
How to Deal With a Disappointing SAT Score
SAT Prep Examiner - May 8, 2015
Maybe you knew as soon as you set your #2 pencil down, or perhaps you realized when you opened your score report – you fell short of your target SAT results. And whether you fell short of this mark by five points or by 75,.....
ACT to Expand Computer-Based Testing
Associated Press - May 8, 2015
ACT test takers take note: the No. 2 pencil is losing its cachet. Greater numbers of test takers of the college entrance exam will be able to take the test on a computer next year.....
New allegations of an SAT security breach, this time on a U.S. test
Washington Post - May 12, 2015
SAT cheating investigations this school year have centered in Asia, where student scores have been withheld in October, November, December and January.....
Archives - SATs & ACTs
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How To File A Financial Aid Appeal
Forbes - May 12, 2015
Financial aid can be an important factor in whether a student attends a school. Given the fact that college costs have been rising, and will likely continue to rise, any financial aid can be a huge benefit... ..
Confusing Financial Aid Letters Leave Students, Parents Adrift
NPR.org - May 7, 2015
Raised in foster care from the time he was 14, Marquell Moorer was determined to go to college, keeping up his grades and working part time at Dairy Queen to save up money for it... ..
One Easy Fix That Could Make College Financial Aid Simpler and Better
TIME - May 7, 2015
Allowing families to use older tax information when applying for financial aid would give them an earlier idea of how much they'll have to pay for college.. ..
The May 1st Deadline Has Passed and More Financial Aid Is Now Available
Huffington Post - May 14, 2015
Time is of the essence to appeal an unappealing financial aid offer. Because few families now play the multiple deposit game to keep their options open past May 1st, a wealth of financial aid offered will now revert back to the coffers of an untold number of colleges where an untold number of students will not be attending! ..
A Scholarship All Teens Should Know About
TeenLife Blog - May 13, 2015
Budget Challenge, an online simulation game created by H&R Block that teaches teenagers about money, has just awarded $3 million in individual scholarships, classroom grants and cash prizes to students and teachers across the country...
Archives - FinAid/Scholarships
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What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up 101
National Journal  - May 11, 2015
High school technical education programs can give students an early preview of career fields without the commitment of a formal training program.....
Archives - CTE
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HSCW Sponsor Blog - Proponents of Social & Emotional Learning (SEL) in Schools from New England to Convene at Massachusetts State House
Post - May 11, 2015
The Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Alliance for Massachusetts (SAM) will host the Fourth Annual Spring Conference, Social Emotional Learning: The Core of Academic Success and Safe, Resilient Communities at the Massachusetts State House on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 from 9 AM to 4:30 PM. ....
CollegeTracks To Expand College Counseling Services
Bethesda Magazine - May 12, 2015
Bethesda nonprofit will offer counseling help to low-income, minority students in third Montgomery County public high school ..
Some Maine colleges prepare students for a job that helps repay loans. And some don’t.
Bangor Daily News - May 12, 2015
How well did your college prepare you for a job that then helped you repay your school loans? And how much, exactly, did the college itself contribute to your future success (not your own academic preparedness)?...
New Jersey schools address ‘appropriate’ prom wear
NewJersey-101.5 - May 12, 2015
To avoid any confusion or drama at junior and senior proms, districts across New Jersey are notifying students of what’s appropriate and what is not....
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Teen Drinking

Fathers have big influence on teens' drinking habits
PhillyVoice  - May 11, 2015
Parrents' influence on teens’ drinking varies in girls and boys, suggests a new study from Taiwan. While the drinking behaviors of both genders were mostly influenced by fathers, the behaviors of girls were also somewhat influenced by their mothers, researchers found.....
Binge drinking, teen alcohol use rising in Canada: OECD report
Calgary Herald  - May 11, 2015
Binge drinking is on the rise among young people around the world, including Canada, says a report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)....
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