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Big Picture

When colleges slash tuition, some students actually pay more
Hechinger Report  - Feb 1, 2016
As Americans agonize over spiraling tuition costs, Converse College seemed a beacon of hope when it slashed its advertised tuition by a whopping 43 percent. ...
The Poisonous Reach of the College-Admissions Process
New Yorker  - Jan 28, 2016
e superintendent of schools for West Windsor and Plainsboro*, New Jersey, was doing something laughable. That I knew from Twitter. He wanted to dumb down the high-school curriculum, turn it all touchy-feely. He was devaluing effort and achievement....
Gates Foundation Adds Its Voice to Calls for Closer Scrutiny of Colleges
Washington Monthly - Feb 2, 2016
A powerful foundation has joined the chorus calling for more accurate information to measure what Americans are getting for the hundreds of billions of dollars per year they invest in higher education. ...
Should Wealthy Colleges Be Forced to Spend More of Their Money on Financial Aid?
TIME - Jan 27, 2016
Yes, say many critics of today's high-priced higher ed. As families continue to face major anxiety over paying for college, most of the country’s wealthiest universities are growing richer, two reports released today show. ...
New Ranking Reveals Colleges With Best Bang for Your Buck
NBC News  - Feb 2, 2016
With an average yearly cost of $19,548 for a public school and $43,921 for private, college is a major investment. But unlike most investments parents and students will make in their lifetimes, the return is uncertain....
The diverging fortunes of college and high school grads
CBS News - MarketWatch - Jan 29, 2016
With the surging cost of college tuition, debate has raged among parents and policy makers about whether earning that piece of parchment is really worth it. No doubt about it, according to new research ...
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

Should you apply to a state school outside of your state?
The Christian Science Monitor - Jan 31, 2016
For high school students wondering what their chances are of getting into public universities outside their home states, there’s good news and bad news: Many public universities are admitting more out-of-state students, but that’s because those students have to pay a lot more in tuition and fees...
5 Problems All Second Semester Seniors Have (& How to Fix Them!)
Her Campus  - Jan 27, 2016
Finding motivation for school is tough after a long winter break­­––especially when you only have one semester standing between you and graduation. While you may be tempted to slack off until May rolls around, you may find yourself running into a variety of last minute road blocks..
College Admissions: What College Would Batman Have Gone To?
GoLocalProv College Admissions - Jan 27, 2016
As seniors and their parents wait anxiously for college responses, a friend’s 5-year old asked me a perplexing question “What college did Batman go to?” My mind began to wander; indeed where did Batman go to college? Clearly he was well educated and cultured, and what about the other super heroes?..
Are Requirements For College Admissions Changing?
Houston College Admissions Examiner - Jan 27, 2016
Parents, teachers, college professionals, and students know the positive and negative effects of college admissions: from the joy of getting acceptances, to the intense pressure in applying, to the unending questions from well-meaning friends and family. Many professionals in the higher education field..
February Junior College Readiness Tips
Huffington Post - Jan 27, 2016
This is a busy month for high school juniors. Please help them get ready for college by heeding our tips, so they can move strongly into college application season...
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Campus Visits/Interviews/Fairs

Don't Ask These Ineffective Questions While on College Tours
US News  - Feb 1, 2016
The campus tour is an important component of any visit to a prospective college or university. With the guidance of a current student, you can explore a school's buildings and grounds and ask questions. ...
6 Smart Ways to Save on College Tours
TIME - Feb 1, 2016
Tips from a travel expert (and mom) who's been there. If you have a son or daughter who’s headed for college, chances are you’ll be touring at least a few campuses to help your kid decide where to apply—or, later on, which school’s offer to accept....
It's time to tour: Steps to planning college visits
Sun-Sentinel - Feb 2, 2016
Movies make college road trips look so easy: just hop in a car with your friends and/or family members and you’re off, singing along to the radio without a care in the world. ...
Archives - Visits/Interviews/Fairs
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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Jan 21, 2016
The Ten Key Questions for National School Counseling Week
IMany schools have their plans well underway for National School Counseling Week, which starts February 1. There are plenty of pre-packaged lesson plans and activities online.. More

School Counseling: The Recipe for Success
Morning Sun - Jan 30, 2016
National School Counseling Week is February 1-5, with this year’s theme being “School Counseling: The Recipe for Success”. The week is designed to help bring public awareness and focus to the unique contribution that Professional School Counselors make to children and youth in school systems all across America.....

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Anxiety on Campus: 6 Ways Parents Can See Past the Happy 'Mask'
NBC News - Feb 2, 2016
No one said the transition from high school to college was easy. But over the past five years, a growing number of college students are struggling with anxiety, depression and social anxiety, according to the seventh annual report issued by Penn State University's Center for Collegiate Mental Health....
Parents finding difficulty in coping with an “Empty Nest”
WGN - Jan 30, 2016
Heidi Stevens, author of the “balancing act” series in the Chicago Tribune, joined Matt Bubala to discuss how parents are dealing with becoming “empty nesters”....
Archives - Parents
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How to choose between the ACT and SAT
USA Today  - Feb 1, 2016
Both the ACT and SAT have rolled out some changes recently, and the changes are making the tests more similar to each other than previous incarnations. However, the changes do not mean that the ACT and SAT have become interchangeable.....
Will the College Admissions Test Disappear?
Bloomberg  - Feb 3, 2016
In March, the first group of American high school juniors will sit for a newly overhauled Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) that features more time for fewer questions, among other changes. But even with a makeover, the test, administered by the College Board, may have lost some of its power to determine a student’s academic future.....
Interpreting the new PSAT scores
Charlotte Observer  - Feb 1, 2016
The October PSAT was the first introduction to the “new” SAT which will debut in March. Students were recently able to retrieve their scores online at College Board and they should receive paper copies of their score reports within the next week....
New SAT: 'No more tricks'
Philadelphia Inquirer  - Feb 1, 2016
Last year Yaseena Ali, now a 16-year-old junior at Upper Merion High School, invested precious weekend hours in a time-honored ritual for the college-bound youth of America: studying flash cards of abstruse vocabulary words - such as abstruse....
Archives - SATs & ACTs
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2016 Guide To College Financial Aid, The FAFSA And CSS Profile
Forbes - Jan 30, 2016
Unfortunately, almost everything you’ve read about college financial aid is probably wrong. New rules affecting when and how students apply for financial aid will impact families and colleges over the next few years, but its not just the new information that renders a lot of what you’ve read about college aid to be wrong...
FAFSA And CSS Profile: Which Divorced Parent's Income Should Be Reported?
Forbes - Jan 31, 2016
In the all too common situation of a student applying for financial aid for college who has divorced parents, the question often comes up about which parent’s assets and income should be reported on the FAFSA and CSS Profile college aid forms...
How To Decipher a Financial Aid Letter
The College Solution Blog - Jan 31, 2016
Financial aid awards are often confusing. I believe many colleges and universities intentionally make financial aid awards hard to decipher to trick families into thinking that their institutions are being generous even when they aren’t...
FAFSA FAQs: Answers to the 10 Most Common College Aid Questions
TIME - Jan 28, 2016
Expert advice on filling out and filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. What’s a FAFSA? How can I get free money to pay for college? Those are among the most frequently asked questions sent to the Get Schooled Foundation’s text hotline. ...
Post-FAFSA filing tips
Spokane College Examiner - Jan 20, 2016
After filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), should you just sit back and relax? Tempting as that might sound, there are still a few things that you will need to follow up on in the financial aid application process....
Archives - FinAid/Scholarships
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Career and Technical Education

Advancing Career Pathways for Kids
Huffington Post - Jan 26, 2016
Two-thirds of adults do not think students are ready for the world of work once they graduate from high school. That's according to a recent poll in Virginia. Yet according to the same poll, about the same percentage of people - 64 percent - think students are ready for college when they graduate...
Career technical education is a booming $1.5B investment for California
Education Dive - Jan 28, 2016
Various technical career prep programs in California are helping high school students graduate and start careers immediately with hands-on training and experience, and the state is supporting them with $1.5 billion in backing over the next five years....
Archives - CTE
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Student Athletes

Recruiting Quiz: What school should I sign with?
USA Today HSS - Jan 29, 2016
With signing day right around the corner (February 3rd to be exact), I thought it would be an appropriate time to give some sound advice to high school recruits, before they sign on the dotted line....
Student athletes: How to get to your field of dreams
Sun-Sentinel - Feb 2, 2016
As a student athlete, it can be difficult to balance an already rigorous schedule while thinking about college, so many treat it as the “back burner” of things to get done. ...
How Concussions Affect Students Academically
Bethesda Magazine - Feb 2, 2016
Goalie Sally Egan watched as an opposing player approached her during a Saturday soccer scrimmage in February 2014. Focused on stopping the player from scoring, the 14-year-old dove for the ball just as the other girl swung her foot ...
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Vernon unveiling new career/technical programs
NJ Herald  - Feb 1, 2016
VERNON -- The Vernon Township School District is rolling out an ambitious set of five new programs in career and technical education for its high school students that officials hope to build on in coming years....
Raimondo proposes free SAT, PSAT to encourage students
Times Union  - Feb 1, 2016
SMITHFIELD, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island public high school students could be able to take the SAT and PSAT for free beginning in the next school year through an initiative proposed by Gov. Gina Raimondo to encourage teenagers to apply to college....
Pennsylvania Starts Campaign To End Campus, School Sex Crime
CBS Local - Philadelphia  - Jan 29, 2016
ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf is helping kick off Pennsylvania’s new campaign to prevent sexual assaults in high schools and on college campuses....
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Teen Dating

Recognizing and Preventing Teen Dating Abuse
Maine Public Radio  - Feb 1, 2016
February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Nationally, one in three girls in the U.S. have experienced physical, emotional, or verbal abuse from a dating partner - far exceeding all other youth violence....
Dangers Of Social Media: How Teen Dating Groups In Facebook Can Harm Your Children
Parent Herald  - Feb 1, 2016
Using Facebook has some disadvantages. One disadvantage of using Facebook is that it exposes teens to some inappropriate materials that are usually found in teen dating groups in Facebook....
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