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Big Picture

How Obama is rewriting the college game's rules
CBS News  - Sep 16, 2015
Applying for college can seem like a game of strategy, and a student's financial aid package often figures as the most important piece of the puzzle...
Obama Makes College Aid Application Earlier And Easier
NPR.org  - Sep 14, 2015
There is big news today for prospective college students and their parents. It comes from Education Secretary Arne Duncan, who is in Iowa with President Obama for his annual Back to School Bus Tour.....
While Washington wavers, states provide detailed college ratings
Hechinger Report  - Sep 15, 2015
David Gardner travels around Texas handing out thumb drives listing some of the most sensitive possible statistics about the performance of the state’s universities: how much they really cost, how many of their students actually get degrees, how much money their graduates make, and whether those incomes justify the cost of their tuition....
With Website to Research Colleges, Obama Abandons Ranking System
New York Times  - Sep 14, 2015
WASHINGTON — President Obama on Saturday abandoned his two-year effort to have the government create a system that explicitly rates the quality of the nation’s colleges and universities, a plan that was bitterly opposed by presidents at many of those institutions......
The free community college experiment everyone is watching
PBS Newshour  - Sep 14, 2015
Tennessee is expecting record enrollment at its community colleges this year, under a new program that guarantees two years of tuition for free for students who meet some simple requirements. But can schools keep the students enrolled? Special correspondent Yasmeen Qureshi reports on an educational experiment that’s being watched around the country....
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

College application deadlines and decisions
Charlotte Observer - Sep 12, 2015
Last week I shared information about two early admissions programs: Early Action (EA) and Early Decision (ED). Early Action is where colleges have earlier deadlines (October 15 – December 1) and they notify students earlier..
How to decide if applying early is right for you
Cincinnati.com - Sep 12, 2015
In the frenzy to get college choices lined up and applications completed in the fall, there can be lots of deadlines and confusion about what they mean. ...
COLLEGE COUNSELOR: Interpreting a Survey of College Admissions Directors
Gazettes - Sep 12, 2015
The life of an admissions director is not an easy one; a look through The 2014 Survey of College Admissions Directors confirms this reality. ..
What Rising College Application Volume Means for the Class of 2020
US News  - Sep 9, 2015
College application volume has been rapidly increasing. In the past, applying to six or seven colleges might have been considered more than sufficient. Now that number has become not just commonplace, but in many cases, lower than the norm. Some students even apply to 15 or more institutions.....
3 unique ways to use AP courses on your college applications
USA Today - Sep 12, 2015
Enrollment in Advanced Placement (AP) courses has surged in recent years despite the heavy academic workload — which is meant to emulate that of a college student — fast-paced lessons and challenging end-of-year exams....
Sloane: Tips on college admissions
Democrat and Chronicle  - Sep 11, 2015
In the blink of an eye, your bouncing baby is a teenager with college on the brain. This is the time that you, too, must start thinking about your child's future. Jodi Rosenshein Atkin, is a Rochester-based independent college admissions counselor who works with students and their parents to find the right match academically,.....
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College Fair Experience Eases Admissions Anxiety
TAPinto.net  - Sep 14, 2015
Are you attending a college fair this fall? They can be a great resource for your family to use as an initial jumping board into the college admission journey. They are not just for Juniors and Seniors, Sophomores and Freshmen will also benefit from attending a fair. ....
Pathway to College: Viewing a campus in action
Pocono Record  - Sep 7, 2015
Visiting college campuses has become a vital part of the college application process, and those visits are best done by high school juniors in the spring, rising seniors in the summer and seniors in the fall...
Virtual college tours with cardboard, a smartphone and YouVisit
Austin American-Statesman  - Sep 7, 2015
While college students are settling into their dorms, it’s already time for next year’s class of high school students to narrow down their potential school choices and schedule campus visits. Or maybe they can just stay home and start the journey virtually....
Archives - Visiting/Interviews
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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Sep 17, 2015
What the White House College News Means to School Counselors
The counseling world has been abuzz this week with the weekend news from the White House that has strong implications for how counselors work with college-bound students. More

College kids are sad, stressed, and scared. Can their counseling centers help them?
Boston.com  - Sep 7, 2015
When Ramya Babu thinks about her freshman year at Boston University, she remembers the day she stood alone in her dorm room and screamed in anguish...
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Column: Are college parents kept out of the loop?
Fredericksburg.com  - Sep 13, 2015
A few years ago, an acquaintance received a stunning phone call from her daughter’s former college roommate. The conversation went something like this: “I thought you should know your daughter never graduated from college.”“What? She claimed she was just skipping the ceremony.”, ...
Grandparents find new roles in the college admissions process
DC College Admissions Examiner  - Sep 11, 2015
At least one college tour company is seeing a new trend in grandparental involvement in the college admissions process. At Campanile College Tours, based in San Mateo, California, ...
4 Questions to Help High School Freshmen, Parents Plan for College
US News  - Sep 14, 2015
High school is a tremendously important time in every student's life. These four years can determine the trajectory of your future, as you choose both a college and a career.....
Archives - Parents
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Retaking the SAT or ACT
Spokane College Examiner - Sep 11, 2015
The school year has started and for many seniors the panic of applying to college is setting in. Part of the anxiety it caused by the prospect of submitting standardized test scores for admission consideration. ...
How to successfully balance SAT prep and schoolwork
SAT Prep Examiner - Sep 10, 2015
Preparing for the SAT is a massive undertaking. Unfortunately for the high school junior or senior who is readying for this standardized test, “real life” does not stop. You must still attend your classes and extracurriculars, ...
Archives - SATs & ACTs
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New Resources

4 Free Sites That Have Changed College Applications Forever
TeenLife  - Sep 11, 2015
Fzzzztt! Sparks are flying out of my computer like it’s the Fourth of July and after a few seconds the plastic around the keyboard begins to transform into a molten soup of graphite-colored pudding.....
Applying to College? There's a Podcast for That.
DNAInfo  - Sep 10, 2015
When did the process of getting into college shift from being just a challenging rite of passage into the academic version of the Hunger Games?" ....
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5 ways to evaluate a financial aid package
Shreveport Times - Sep 9, 2015
While it's true that numbers don't lie, the way that colleges present financial aid can be confusing and misleading. Some colleges only account for direct costs of education, such as tuition and fees, while others provide a detailed accounting of projected expenses right down to clothing. ..
Your First Financial Aid Step
The College Solution Blog - Sep 14, 2015
If paying for college is going to be a challenge, and it usually is, it’s important that you obtain your Expected Family Contribution before your begin looking at colleges with your teenagers. In fact, obtaining your EFC should be the FIRST STEP you take in the college process. ..
Know What to Do Before, During and After the Scholarship Search
US News - Sep 9, 2015
There is so much to do to prepare for college and though this process may begin even before your senior year, it certainly escalates quickly when school resumes in the final fall of your high school career. . ..
Few Colleges Cover Full Financial Need
Huffington Post - Sep 9, 2015
Lots of families can't afford to pay the full sticker price that a college charges. So, universities, especially private schools, are increasingly awarding institutional and federal dollars to help families chip away at their sometimes sky-high price tags.. ..
Tweetable tips turn into real college savings
USA Today - Sep 9, 2015
The fun thing about scanning a stream of tweets is that you're bound to spot something that you didn't know. Some quick fact or news tidbit pops up and gives you a clue into the bigger picture. Ditto for a new twist for delving into the mind-boggling process involved with college scholarships, student loans, financial aid and other aspects involved with paying for college. ..
Archives - FinAid/Scholarships
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Senators seek tax credits for apprenticeships
The Hill - Sep 10, 2015
A bipartisan group of senators are introducing legislation to create a $5,000 tax credit for employers that provide apprenticeship programs to train workers in high-demand fields...
CTE Success Stories: Friends who bake together, dream together
Philadelphia Public School Notebook (blog) - Sep 10, 2015
It was at the Culinary Arts CTE program at Randolph Career Academy that Rahsheen Gorham and Nyia Greer first became friends. Now, as 2015 graduates, the two friends, both 18, share similar goals. The first one is to attend culinary school in Philadelphia....
Construction market update: Building projects are up, but where are the workers?
PropertyCasualty360 - Sep 10, 2015
When discussing current trends in the construction-insurance marketplace, experts agree on one thing: The greatest concern is a shortage in skilled labor to meet the growing demand in projects. “This is probably the single largest issue in the construction industry...
Archives - CTE
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How much does college cost in N.J.? 4-year schools raise tuition
NJ.com - Sep 15, 2015
TRENTON — At a public hearing at Union County College on Wednesday about college affordability, a panel of New Jersey college presidents and faculty and student representatives will solicit feedback on ideas both radical and pragmatic. ...
Delaware high school students now must study organ donation
SFGate - Sep 12, 2015
DOVER, Del. (AP) — Back in the '50s and '60s, high school girls all took home economics and boys were steered to shop. By the swinging '70s, sex education was highlighted in school curriculums...
New standardized test results for Maine public schools are in, but they reveal little
Portland Press Herald - Sep 11, 2015
Maine education officials released the latest K-12 state test results Friday, but they are practically meaningless because the state used a new test – the Smarter Balanced test for English and math – but won’t use it again....
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Teens Mental Health

For Students With Mental Health Issues, Transition To College Is Complicated
NPR.org - Sep 12, 2015
All over the country, high school graduates are making the jump to college. They're getting to know their roommates, buying supplies, and saying tearful goodbyes to parents....
Constant Social Media Presence May Jeopardize Teens' Mental Health
HealthDay News - Sep 11, 2015
Teens who feel a round-the-clock compulsion to participate on social media sites like Facebook or Twitter may pay a price in lost sleep. They may also face a higher risk for depression and anxiety, new research suggests....
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