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Big Picture

How For-Profit Colleges Hang on to Federal Funding
The Atlantic  - Nov 3, 2015
For-profit universities have had another rough year, with big players facing federal scrutiny for everything from predatory loans to outright fraud. Now attention is turning to the schools’ accreditors...
Does affirmative action still have a place in college admissions decisions?
Boston.com  - Nov 3, 2015
Fisher, who is a white woman, said the only reason why the admissions committee didn’t admit her to her dream school is because of her race. “There were people in my class with lower grades who weren’t in all the activities I was in, who were being accepted into UT, ...
As toxic Washington ed debate rages, public early colleges quietly solve U.S. inequity
Hechinger Report  - Oct 29, 2015
r decades, despair and failure have dominated the national public conversation about public education. The strategy of mandating progress by the imposition of high stakes testing, first pioneered under President Bush and then enthusiastically pursued during the Obama administration,...
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

The most expensive state university systems
CBS News - MarketWatch - Nov 2, 2015
Whether parents can afford the cost of a bachelor's degree can depend heavily on several factors, but don't overlook this one: what state they happen to live in...
11 excellent reasons to add a resume to your college application toolbox
DC College Admissions Examiner - Nov 4, 2015
Getting into college is bears an uncommon resemblance to applying for a job: you need to persuade an organization that you possess sought-after skills and that you’re a great fit for their community.,..
College Admissions: 5 Reasons to Attend College in Canada
GoLocalProv College Admissions  - Nov 2, 2015
With many U.S. universities exceeding $50,000 per year (and some $60,000+), families are searching for viable alternative to U.S. college and universities...
Collegewise shares top 5 college admission strategies that won't work
HamletHub  - Nov 2, 2015
I’ve often written that while the most successful college applicants took their college planning seriously, they didn’t measure every decision in high school against the yardstick of what will look good to colleges. Certain things like challenging classes and good grades are always appreciated..
Getting In: Competing With Your Classmates
Slate.com  - Nov 2, 2015
Host Julie Lythcott-Haims and Parke Muth, formerly a dean and an admissions officer at the University of Virginia, answer two listener questions. A mother of a high-achieving student wonders which colleges offer full-ride merit scholarships...
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College: Your guide to early decision vs. early action
Forbes - Oct 29, 2015
arly decision and early action are two important parts of the college application process that current and future seniors need to be familiar with. In spite of their similar "early" titles, the level of commitment to a particular school is much greater for early decision. We break down the differences....
Early applications have an edge in college admissions
Chicago Tribune - Oct 29, 2015
Dear Mr. Bradshaw, I am a senior in high school and have a question about the college application process. Should I apply under early action or regular decision? My application is ready to send, ....
Should Your Child Apply Early Decision For College Admission: Answers From Prep School Pros
Forbes - Oct 31, 2015
Early Decision should be reserved for students who are 100% certain they have discovered a school they want to attend. Applying to college these days starts a lot earlier than it used to, and the process involves new terms, new strategies and new perspective......
22 Stages of Waiting on an Early Acceptance Letter
Her Campus - Nov 2, 2015
So you decided to apply early decision—great! The good news is that while your fellow seniors are still laboring over college applications, you will hear whether or not you were accepted to your dream university much earlier. The wait to hear back from admissions, however, is agonizing.......
Archives - Early
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Don’t just write off that supplemental college essay
Boston Globe - Oct 30, 2015
After weeks of brainstorming, writing, editing, and rewriting, that frightening personal statement essay is finally done. But don’t exhale just yet. For a majority of colleges, particularly the most selective, additional essay questions are also part of the application process......
Online tools for scholarship, admission essay writing
KSL.com - Nov 2, 2015
SALT LAKE CITY — It's never too early to start crafting your best college admission essay. The application and scholarship essays you complete practically determine your future....
Archives - Essays
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3 Ways to Capitalize on College Fairs to Distinguish Your Application
US News - Nov 2, 2015
College fairs, whatever their size and wherever they may be held, are excellent opportunities for high school juniors and seniors to learn more about potential colleges and universities. ...

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Gap Year

Make the Most of Your Gap Year with a D.C. Internship
TeenLife Blog - Oct 30, 2015
Oonagh Cavanagh grew up in a small Vermont town, hiking, camping, skiing, and loving anything that had to do with the outdoors. So when she was looking for a gap experience before college, she looked for a program where she could put her passion about protecting the environment to work....
Young, "gap-year" farmers flourish in VT
Burlington Free Press - Nov 2, 2015
Senior year of high school, everyone asks, "Where are you going to college?” That pressure to know exactly where you want to spend the next four years of your life can be daunting when you’re just about to say see ya to senior year. ...
Archives - Gap Year
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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Nov 5, 2015
Reading Essays on Thanksgiving? Let’s Talk Turkey
Colleagues, we need to talk. A major college application deadline has just come and gone, and based on what I’m hearing, I love you all madly, but things went quite badly. More

College Advice: Consider Your Counselors
Forbes - Oct 31, 2015
Now that Seniors have pushed Send on tens of thousands of Early Decision and Early Action applications, it might be time to pause, breathe, and reflect on those who have supported all of that work, as well as those who will receive and review it. ...
School counselors help students prepare for life after high school
Kingston - Oct 31, 2015
Graduation is just a few months away for many high school students, but it’s never too early to start planning for the future. To help prepare students for life after high school, counselors have become an important resource for students....
Lee guidance counselors film tips for the college-bound
News-Press.com - Oct 31, 2015
Navigating the world of college applications, scholarships and financial aid can be a stress-inducing experience for teens and their parents. Especially when they aren’t sure where to even begin. ...
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5 Ways parents can help with college applications
Tutoring Examiner - Nov 2, 2015
College applications are larger, more time-consuming, and more important than any one test or project that your student has completed during high school. And whether they ask or not, students often need the help of their parents to successfully complete their applications....
Countdown to College: What happens when they’re homesick?
Charlotte Observer - Oct 31, 2015
Longing for the comforts of home when everything is new and different isn’t surprising, but the depth of homesickness among students on college campuses appears to be rising....
Archives - Parents
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The Ultimate Guide to SAT Subject Tests
Her Campus - Nov 3, 2015
?As an upperclassman in high school (soon to be collegiette!), you are likely berated with the same question from your teachers, parents and friends on a daily basis: Where are you thinking of going to college? As you try to figure out which school is the best for you, how to apply...
The new SAT: Who’s keeping score?
Poughkeepsie Journal - Oct 30, 2015
Oct. 3, was the day for No. 2 pencils and compounded teenage angst, and marked the first weekend of testing for the 2015 fall SAT. The Scholastic Aptitude Test is a major point of contention for prospective college students in need of high scores to impress college admissions...
SAT snafu could leave many college applications incomplete
MarketWatch - Nov 3, 2015
As if applying to college wasn’t stressful enough already. Teens who took pains to get their early-decision applications to colleges by Nov. 1 may be disappointed to find that their colleges didn’t receive their SAT scores by the deadline....
Archives - SATs & ACTs
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In Alleged FAFSA Scam, Parents and Students Charged for Free Services
Huffington Post  - Nov 3, 2015
The federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has sued Global Financial Support Inc., alleging that it deceptively markets and charges for financial aid services that students and families could otherwise get for free. ...
Nuts and bolts of applying for college financial aid
Spokane College Examiner  - Oct 29, 2015
There are two kinds of financial aid provided by colleges – merit aid and need-based aid. For most colleges, what a student submits in the college application is used for merit awards (grades, test scores, extracurricular activities, etc.). Some colleges might have additional forms for merit aid. ...
Find the Colleges Most Likely to Give You a Scholarship
TIME  - Oct 29, 2015
Save thousands of dollars in tuition by picking a financial "safety" school. High school seniors can dramatically increase their odds of getting big scholarships if they take just one extra step this fall: apply to a few “financial aid safety schools,” college admissions experts say. ...
5 People You Haven't Asked About College Scholarships
USNews  - Oct 29, 2015
Ever feel like you're drowning in a sea of information when you research scholarships? It's daunting to search for money for school, but remember that you're never alone in the process. ...
Experts: Millions in college scholarships going unused
WPRI  - Nov 1, 2015
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Paying for college is a worry for many high school seniors and their parents. Yet, despite the increasing cost of higher education, millions of dollars in scholarships go unused year after year. ...
Archives - FinAid
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The Un-College That's Training $100,000 App Developers
NPR.org - Oct 25, 2015
As one of the biggest, most successful tech companies, Google can hire pretty much anyone it wants. Accordingly, the company tends to favor Ph.D.s from Stanford and MIT. But, it has just partnered with a for-profit company called General Assembly..
Archives - CTE
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Wicked Local - - Oct 25, 2015
Within five years, two-thirds of all new jobs will require workers to have more education than just high school. By 2022, there will be 10,000 new jobs available in Vermont that require at least a post-secondary certificate..
College-Bound High School Students Get Financial Reality Check
WBUR.org - Here & Now - Nov 2, 2015
Remember the board game Life? Players spin a wheel and try to navigate the challenges of getting a job, buying a home, and starting a family....
Delaware’s College Application Month open through Nov. 20
Dover Post- - Nov 3, 2015
The Delaware Department of Education encouraged college-bound students to begin searching for local and national scholarships on the new online Scholarship Compendium during College Application Month, Oct. 19 to Nov. 20...
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Teen Drinking

Teens who drink at risk whether parents know or not
New York Daily News  - Nov 4, 2015
Even when parents know their adolescents are drinking, huge problems persist. to solve the problem, say those studying teen drinking,...
Online College Fair - CollegeWeekLive


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