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Big Picture

Are we nearing the end of college tuition pricing as we know it?
Washington Post - Aug 28, 2015
If you’re a parent who recently paid a tuition bill for a college student this fall, you know full well that tuition bills are about as transparent as the pricing of airline tickets...
The real reason that colleges go ‘test-optional’
Hechinger Report - Aug 26, 2015
When George Washington University announced last month that it was adopting a “test-optional” admissions policy, it repeated a standard line made by colleges that allow prospective students to opt out of sending SAT or ACT scores...
Black Colleges Matter: And We Have the Data to Prove It
Newsweek - Aug 27, 2015
september 18 brought us yet another article claiming that Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are doomed and will all be gone soon, save a few. This time the author is Alexander Nazaryan and the media outlet is Newsweek...
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

Don’t make this dangerous college mistake
The College Solution Blog  - Sep 1, 2015
Here is what typically happens during college admission season: Students apply to whatever colleges they want without having any clue about whether these schools will give them grants and/or scholarships. ...
How not to flip your lid over college applications
Washington Post - Aug 28, 2015
School is starting, as is the new college admissions season — and kids as well as their parents are already starting to get panic attacks about what lies ahead...
Building Relationships with Teachers for Recommendation Letters
TeenLife Blog  - Aug 26, 2015
When submitting a college application, one of the most important components is the recommendation letter from one of your teachers. The reason being is that colleges want to get to know you for more than just statistics and grades...
College Admissions: Why Starting in 9th Grade Matters
GoLocalProv College Admissions  - Aug 31, 2015
Every fall, I see families of seniors in “crunch mode”, trying desperately to catch up on college visits, SAT/ACT testing, financial aid forms and applications. Which begs the question,...
Market your way into college
Long Island College Prep Examiner  - Aug 31, 2015
As more colleges shy away from reliance on standardized test scores, more emphasis is placed on other parts of the college application. Technology has also transformed the college admission process ...
COLLEGE COUNSELOR: Grinnell Case Study In Researching A College
Gazette Newspapers  - Aug 29, 2015
The better you know prospective campuses, the better you can figure out which might fit in with your postsecondary expectations. If you don’t have any or few expectations formed as yet, doing some research will get your thoughts of college into motion....
3 Tips to Stop High School Senioritis Before It Starts
US News  - Aug 31, 2015
Senioritis is one of the most significant problems that all high school students face. Once the second semester of senior year begins and college acceptance letters start to arrive, it is extremely difficult for high school seniors to remain focused on the task at hand....
College admission still a hurdle for homeschoolers
OneNewsNow  - Aug 27, 2015
ncreasingly, homeschooled students being told they have to obtain a GED in order to be admitted to college. A recent incident in Florida is a textbook example of that growing trend....
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Countdown to College: Get going on that college essay
Charlotte Observer  - Aug 27, 2015
Fear and procrastination are the two biggest stumbling blocks for seniors as they consider the college essay. The essay is uniformly considered the most stressful part of the college application process....
How to Perfect Your College Application Essay
Her Campus  - Aug 24, 2015
Most college applications require some standard forms about your academic history, transcript, GPA, extracurriculars, letters of recommendations and the essay. The forms are all pretty self explanatory and cover all the basics—not too bad overall. The essay is a whole different ballgame. ...
Common Application Prompt #1
GoLocalPDX College Admissions  - Aug 31, 2015
Common Application Prompt #1 This is an actual college application essay written in response to the Common Application prompt: Share Your Story. It is followed by comments from admissions professionals about what makes this personal statement effective. ,...
Archives - Essays
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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Sep 3, 2015
The Newsletter You Really Want to Send
The start of the school year is rich with freshness and opportunity, yet this newness is too often derailed by well-meaning parents who are deathly afraid of the college application process More

White House Applauds Delaware's Proposal Supporting the Vital Work of School Counselors
Delaware Online  - Sep 1, 2015
Reaching Higher to Fill a Critical Need. In 2014, First Lady Michelle Obama launched the Reach Higher Initiative to inspire American students to pursue educational opportunities beyond high school. The initiative was triggered by research indicating that school counselors...
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Disarming the Selective College Arms Race: 6 Strategies for Parents
Huffington Post  - Aug 26, 2015
With our twin daughters applying to college this fall, I admit it's taken me several years to arrive, just in time, at a pretty good place: I truly believe they will get into schools that will be a good match for each of them...
Back To School? Back To The Piggy Bank
NPR.org  - Sep 1, 2015
So if you add up all the college costs that students and parents probably didn't plan for — the stuff that isn't tuition and room and board — how big is that number? ...
Discussing finances with your college-bound student
Bay Area College Admissions Examiner  - Aug 27, 2015
An important conversation that needs to happen between college-bound students and their parents is about finances. And, the conversation needs to happen sooner, rather than later. Unfortunately, many new college students have arrived on college campuses ...
How Schools Are Handling An 'Overparenting' Crisis
NPR.org  - Aug 28, 2015
Have you ever done your children's homework for them? Have you driven to school to drop off an assignment that they forgot? Have you done a college student's laundry? What about coming along to Junior's first job interview?..
4 Ways To Pay For College When You Haven't Started Saving
Forbes  - Aug 31, 2015
Are your kids entering high school, and you haven’t saved much for college? It’s amazing how fast time flies when you have children. One moment they are starting their first day of school, the next they are entering high school...
Grandparent Power: Bonds With Seniors Help Stabilize Teens
Wall Street Journal  - Aug 31, 2015
Teens who form close, loving relationships with a grandparent are more likely to have fewer behavioral and emotional problems than less-attached teens, says a study published online in the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry...
Archives - Parents
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15 colleges and 15 different policies on new writing tests
DC College Admissions Examiner - Aug 26, 2015
For many colleges and universities, the jury is still out as to the overall usefulness of the essay component of the new or “redesigned” SAT (rSAT), scheduled for its first administration in March 2016. ...
High School Teachers Dish on Why ACT Scores Aren't Improving
US News - Aug 31, 2015
Student achievement on the ACT, the popular college admissions test, hasn't improved in years. The national average ACT composite score for graduating high school students in 2015 was 21 out of a possible 36, according to the organizer's annual report on college and career readiness, released last week. This average has remained roughly ...
ACT’s President Answers a Few Final Questions Before Putting Down His Pencil
Chronicle of Higher Ed - Aug 27, 2015
When Jon Erickson joined the ACT, in 1984, the college-admissions process was not yet a front-page fixation. These days, he can’t go to a dinner party without anxious parents asking him to explain the secret recipe for conquering the ACT and getting into a big-name college....
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Learning Disabilities

For students with learning disabilities, real life often is more satisfying than high school, study suggests
Seattle Times - Aug 28, 2015
Students with learning disabilities make up the largest slice of the special education pie (about 42 percent nationally), but their needs and capabilities often are misunderstood....
Archives - Disabilty

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Time to Fix the Fafsa
New York Times - OpEd - Aug 27, 2015
Is Congress finally ready to pass legislation that would make it easier for harried parents and students to apply for federal financial aid?.. ..
Personal finance Q&A: How a cash-out refi can affect college financial aid
LA Times - Aug 29, 2015
Dear Liz: We have two children in college, both entering their junior years. We have two more in high school. The two currently in college need additional financial assistance, as they've tapped out their federal student loans.. ..
Archives - FinAid/Scholarships
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Why We Desperately Need To Bring Back Vocational Training In Schools
Forbes - Aug 21, 2015
Is CTE a good idea for me? CTE, or career and technical education, used to be called vocational education. Programs available now are varied and designed to prepare students for jobs in today’s economy. In addition to traditional, but still in-demand trade...
Would CTE fit your needs? Here’s what you should know
Philadelphia Public School Notebook - Sep 1, 2015
Throughout most of U.S. history, American high school students were routinely taught vocational and job-ready skills along with the three Rs: reading, writing and arithmetic. Indeed readers of a certain age are likely to have fond memories of huddling over wooden workbenche...
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Viewpoint on Education: Massachusetts tech ed training funds are money well spent
MASSLive - Sep 2, 2015
Computer science education just took a huge step here in the Bay State thanks to a legislative appropriation of $1.5 million in the new fiscal year state budget. The Massachusetts Computing Attainment Network (MassCAN) has worked for the past two years to improve computer science education in our K-12 schools....
The 48 best colleges in the Northeast
Pocono Record - Sep 1, 2015
We recently released our seventh annual list of the best colleges in America, which included schools from all over the US. We decided to narrow that list down to take a closer look at the top colleges in the Northeast region.....
New approach sought for selling manufacturing jobs to young people
Manchester Union Leader - Sep 1, 2015
MANCHESTER — Doing a better job marketing the merits of manufacturing jobs and offering more apprenticeships would convince more students to go into areas needing skilled workers, according to business and educational leaders....
How is Pennsylvania budget stalemate impacting schools?
WGAL - Sep 1, 2015
Pennsylvania's financial watchdog is warning that schools might start hurting because of the late state budget. ...
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ReThink Is An Anti-Bullying Software That Asks Cyberbullies If They Really Want To Send A Mean Message
Medical Daily - Sep 2, 2015
In this new digital age, bullying has evolved. Though it can still be found on the playgrounds, offices, and locker rooms of the world, it is found more than ever online, a place where people can anonymously heckle, threaten, ..
ABC-7 News - Aug 28, 2015
While more than one in four children say they have experienced being bullied, only 20-30 percent of those children ever report it to an adult ..
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