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Will changes in online college applications help students chase the American dream?
Hechinger Report  - Dec 9, 2016
BoSTON — Elijah Corbin Irving, the son of a single mother in Boston, was perplexed when he tried to fill out his online college application.....
For middle-income college students, a rising dilemma
The Christian Science Monitor - Dec 9, 2016
FULLERTON, CALIF. —When it came to paying for college, Kelsey Brewer tried to do everything right. She worked two jobs. She took out loans. She filled out the free application for federal student aid, or FAFSA, every year – a step that students who hail from middle-income families, as Ms. Brewer doe.....
Make Colleges Diverse
New York Times OpEd - Dec 13, 2016
Many college campuses have reacted to Donald Trump’s election with shock and angst. Professors and students are wondering how the rest of the country could be so different from them. The more introspective are asking: What can we do?....
Federal government shuts down controversial college watchdog
MarketWatch - Dec 12, 2016
An organization that was supposed to oversee the embattled for-profit college industry and protect students from fraud lost its recognition Monday, potentially putting hundreds of thousands of students in limbo....
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

College Admissions: Is a Big-City School Right for You?
GoLocalProv College Admissions  - Dec 12, 2016
If there is one difference between students going to college today and their parents, it has to be the high percentage of kids who think that they want (and need) to go to college in a city. ....
Later College Deadlines Can Help Procrastinators
Forbes - Dec 12, 2016
If you've been procrastinating about applying to college, I have some good news for you. Even though it may seem like December 31 is the last deadline for applying to college, there are plenty of other opportunities to submit applications....
3 Steps to Find the Best College as a Transfer Student
US News  - Dec 12, 2016
There is a persistent myth that winners never quit any project they begin. The truth, though, is that all successful people have likely changed paths multiple times. When one approach becomes impossible, they find a new way to work toward their long-term goals. ....
Your Money: How to bet on future income to pay for college now
Reuters - Dec 12, 2016
Alex Jasiulek tapped a new funding option known as an income share agreement to help pay for an Ivy League education. Jasiulek faced a $5,000 shortfall after he maxed out on federal student loans along with grants that covered three-quarters of Columbia University's annual tuition....
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How to Deal with Early Decision News, Good or Bad
Her Campus - Dec 7, 2016
If you’re applying to schools early, you’re likely to be feeling anxious about recent or upcoming deadlines, as well as the prospect of upcoming acceptance or deferral letters. First of all, congratulate yourself! ...
College Connection: Students get a second chance at 'Early Decision'
myCentralJersey - Dec 8, 2016
Early Decision II applicants apply by January deadline and get accepted (or rejected) within weeks...
6 Last-Minute Tips for Early Action and Early Decision Applicants
Huffington Post - Dec 8, 2016
Crunch time for Early Action and Early Decision applicants can be overwhelming. Remember, however, that you have already made the most difficult decision—where to apply to school. And if you are accepted, you will be done with the entire college application process well ahead of your peers.....
Admitted Early Action? Congratulations! And Next Steps
Pleasanton Weekly - Dec 8, 2016
As the holiday season approaches college-bound seniors, who have demonstrated enthusiasm, thoroughness and efficiency by getting their college applications in the early application cycle, may find good news in their mailboxes, online or on paper....
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The Most Important Part Of The College Application Process
Huffington Post - Dec 12, 2016
‘Tis the season! While that statement inevitably makes many people think of holiday lights, or dreidels and menorahs, and gift buying, for thousands of high school seniors and their parents, December is the advent of college application deadlines, and one of the most stressful times of their lives...
4 tips for writing a college application essay that really shines
Metro - Dec 12, 2016
“It’s the most dreaded piece of writing people do in their lifetimes,” says Robinson, a former journalist and English teacher who now coaches students. “There’s so much riding on it, but no one has taught students how to write this kind of essay.”...
Archives - Essays

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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Dec 15, 2016
Ring in the New, But Don’t be Wrung Out by the New
School counselors know this isn’t always the merriest and happiest of times for some students. From students living in homes in crisis, to those living with families in transition, to the uncertainties some experience when graduating high school, counselors know that the holidays can bring some mighty challenges to overcome... More

States Beef Up School Counseling Corps
Ed Week (free registration required) - Dec 13, 2016
Several states are making investments to build their corps of school counselors in the wake of mounting, quantifiable evidence that counseling support can be a powerful weapon in the battle to get more students through high school and into college....
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Just because your kids are headed off to college, it doesn’t mean they’ll graduate
Washington Post - Dec 9, 2016
Every fall, nearly 70 percent of new high school graduates start college. For parents, the expectation is that a few years later their children will get another diploma at college commencement...
A Hot New Way to Pay for College Makes Parents Suspicious
US News - Dec 5, 2016
Income-sharing agreements just aren't "likable," they say. A new option for paying for college is dogged by suspicion and controversy, the American Enterprise Institute has found....
Archives - Parents
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College Board faces rocky path after CEO pushes new vision for SAT
Reuters  - Dec 12, 2016
David Coleman spearheaded a sweeping redesign of America's oldest college entrance exam. His plan to act fast – and tie the test to the controversial Common Core - stirred up internal resistance and created new problems......
The new SAT and the new scores
Salem News - Dec 2, 2016
OK, your student received his or her new SAT scores. Congratulations, and good luck understanding the scores. Getting the scores is actually the easiest of the tasks. Just log in to your student’s account, go to the scores page, and click on the “Download Report” box. ...
What Do The PSAT Results Mean?
TAPinto.net - Dec 11, 2016
Fall 2016 PSAT results will be available Monday, Dec. 12 online for high school students and parents. This year, we anticipate that junior students’ percentile rankings will be lower than last year’s. ...
Archives - SATs & ACTs
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Financial Aid Tip for Students, December 2016
The Gleaner - Dec 12, 2016
Pay attention to deadlines for financial aid. High school seniors should keep track of deadlines for applying for college financial aid. Here are some tips from the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA):....
Most high school students aren't applying for financial aid, study says
Lifehacker - Dec 12, 2016
College is expensive enough with tuition but there are some less obvious expenses that add up, like course fees. And financial aid and scholarships don’t always cover these fees....
The GPA That Will Double Your Chances of Qualifying for Scholarships
Teen Vogue - Dec 8, 2016
Let’s cut to the chase — earning that college diploma probably won’t come cheap. The good news is that you can seriously slash your college costs by qualifying for need-based and merit-based financial aid.....
91 Great Colleges That Give Every Freshman a Scholarship
Money Magazine - Dec 13, 2016
One of the surest ways to win a scholarship is also one of the easiest: Apply to a college that awards money to every student that attends....
Archives - FinAid/Scholarships
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Career and Technical Education

The answer to America's working class job crisis is hard, but not mysterious
Christian Science Monitor - Dec 14, 2016
MALDEN, MASS. — Antonio Blanc, a senior at Malden High School, knows the risk of being left behind. He’s struggled to keep up at school, distracted by family instability and the part-time kitchen jobs he needs to pay the bills now he’s living alone. His plan after graduation is to enroll in a technical college...
Archives - Career & Technical Education
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New program offers pathway to long-lasting career
Tribune News Service  - Dec 7, 2016
RANDOLPH, Vt. — A brand new program is now offering Vermont students various ways of working toward a long-lasting career within the state.....
College enrollment declining in Massachusetts
Cambridge.Wickedlocal  - Dec 9, 2016
Since hitting a peak in 2013, enrollment at Massachusetts public colleges and universities has decreased for the third consecutive year, posing challenges that education leaders are working to address......
How can NJ stop young adults from fleeing the state?
NJ-101.5  - Dec 12, 2016
As we wind down the end of 2016 and get set to ring in a brand new year, New Jersey faces a number of significant challenges. The state’s leading business group is setting its sights on stopping the out-migration of millennials — young adults under age 35 — as a top priority in 2017.....
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Teens Drinking

There's hope: Fewer teens are doing drugs than ever before
Christian Science Monitor - Dec 14, 2016
American teenagers are the best behaved they’ve ever been — drinking and smoking less and doing fewer drugs than their predecessors in more than 40 years of tracking....
6 ways to protect teens from impaired driving
ABC Action News - Dec 14, 2016
It’s every parent’s worst nightmare: Your child has been hurt — or worse — in a car accident. If that fear resonates with you, chances are you’re also concerned about underage drinking....
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