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Big Picture

Shocking College Graduation Rates
The College Solution Blog  - May 9, 2016
When building a college list, it’s critical to check graduation rates. Paying for college is hard enough without adding a fifth or six year to the tab! And yet most college students do not graduate in four years...
The foster care system is pushing college students into homelessness
Hechinger Report  - May 9, 2016
Zulema Meza stays intermittently in an assortment of residences while earning her basic emergency techincian’s degree at Delgado Community College in New Orleans. Now 18 years old, Meza entered foster care in 2014,...
Data Show Segregation by Income (Not Race) is What’s Getting Worse in Schools
Washington Monthly  - May 9, 2016
There’s a new narrative that U.S. schools are “resegregating” along racial lines. The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights used the word “resegregation” on the headline of a recent press release and scheduled a briefing on the subject for May 20. And the word “resegregation”...
Why Obama administration wants colleges to admit more felons
The Christian Science Monitor  - May 9, 2016
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Education urged colleges and universities on Monday to remove obstacles that can keep the 70 million Americans with criminal records from seeking higher education....
College Affordability Diagnosis presents sobering picture of higher ed
Education Drive  - May 6, 2016
Families making less than $30,000 per year have to pay 47% of their income just go to to community colleges in Mississippi, after accounting for financial aid. In Minnesota, it’s 61.5% of family income, on average, among the bottom quintile of earners. ...
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

How Much Student Loan Debt Is Too Much? Here’s a Formula to Figure it Out
TIME  - May 9, 2016
You shouldn't take out student loans that are greater than your expected first-year salary. Much has been made of the student loan problem. While you’d be hard pressed to find disagreement that it’s an issue, there is plenty of disagreement about how bad things really are ...
Consider saying “No”
Charlotte Observer - May 10, 2016
Being offered a spot on a college’s wait-list is stressful, unsettling, demoralizing and for some, just not worth the wait.ne student who said “no thanks” to Harvard’s wait-list described it this way, ...
Openings Still Exist at Great Colleges for Fall
GoLocalProv College Admissions  - May 9, 2016
The National Association for College Admission Counseling has release its annual spring College Openings Update. This list show colleges with space still available for freshmen and transfers as of May 1 ...
Student: I thought the ‘best’ college for me was the most selective. I was wrong.
Washington Post  - May 5, 2016
Sophia Zupanc is a student at an elite New England liberal arts college. She knows she won the college admissions lottery by being accepted to this school (which she does not want to name) but has come to realize that she actually doesn’t like being there ...
Next steps after the college deposit
Spokane College Examiner  - May 3, 2016
A big sigh of relief! May 1st has come and gone, and college bound seniors have made their decision on which school to attend (or maybe not, but that’s another article). Is it finally time to sit back and relax? No! ...
How to Pick a College: Part 3 Academic Support (College Admissions)
Huffington Post  - May 10, 2016
Academic life loses its strict structure after high school, and the classroom can only go so far. Apart from course selection and research efforts, undergraduate life can feel largely divided....
Application Essays — the Important First Introduction!
Huffington Post  - May 9, 2016
We have read thousands of private school application essays. We’ve laughed, we’ve cried, we’ve slept through many? A good application essay should be concise, personal and memorable. The following tips will ensure that you will compose a great essay. ...
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Campus Visits

5 things you should do during a campus visit
USA Today - College  - May 10, 2016
These days, you can pretty much learn everything you need to know about a college online, including what majors a school offers, acceptance rates, tuition rates and on-campus dining options. Choosing a college is as much an emotional decision as it is an intellectual one, however.. ...
Archives - Visits/Interviews/Fairs
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Gap Year

The Growing Allure Of The Gap Year
WBUR.org - OnPoint  - May 10, 2016
Malia Obama will take a gap year before college. Did you? Should you? What it takes to have a good gap year. Plus, why millennials aren’t giving up dorm living after graduation. ...
Taking a Gap Year Before College? You’ll Need to Embrace Some Key Money Moves
The Street  - May 9, 2016
Malia Obama, the oldest daughter of President Obama, may well wind up being a pioneer for millions of younger Americans. How so? By blazing a trail for college-bound high school students who may want to hit the "pause button" for a year before actually rolling onto campus. ...
Archives - Gap Year
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Elite Summer Programs Are Great, But Not Necessary for College Applications
NBC News  - May 5, 2016
TWith summer around the corner, high school students are deciding what to do once school is out — and many are looking for a way to get a leg up in the college application process over the break. One option many consider: academic and enrichment summer programs at college campuses across the country, ...
5 Reasons It’s Okay to Take the Summer Off
Her Campus  - May 9, 2016
These days, taking time off for yourself seems to be something that is frowned upon. Combined with the need to make money and keep busy, it can be especially difficult to bring yourself to take a break once in awhile. ...

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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - May 12, 2016
The College Application Question No One Wants to Handle
At first, it seems like a simple couple of questions that cause most college applicants no problem. Usually located right after the student’s name, address, senior year schedule, and year of graduation, two fairly long questions appear, both with Yes and No boxes to check:... More

3 Freshman Year Questions to Ask Your High School Counselor
US News - May 9, 2016
In some high schools, planning for college does not begin until a student's sophomore year. But freshmen are often in the best position to tailor the high school experience to their college goals since they have several years ahead of them. ..
School counselors face changing roles, growing need
SCTimes - May 8, 2016
On a typical day, Rick Larson’s job duties can run the gamut from career counselor to bully buster to cheerleader to therapist. Larson, a counselor at St. Cloud’s Apollo High School, is never sure what to expect. ..
Why the path to college is not clear for some immigrant students
PRI.org - May 8, 2016
In her experience, it's not just the automated part of the application that leaves DACA students out. Some admissions officers and school counselors are also uninformed about the options for undocumented students. ..
What counselors are thinking about ‘PPY’
DC College Admissions Examiner  - May 9, 2016
Cornell College recently asked college counselors, both school-based and independent, how they were preparing for the changes the Department of Education is making in the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)....
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10 High School Graduation Gift Ideas
US News - May 10, 2016
Finding a useful yet interesting gift for a high school graduate can be tough. Cash -- Those pursuing work after high school may need cash for gas, rent and a business wardrobe. College-bound kids can always use cash ..
Parents Tell Kids to Borrow More for College
Bloomberg - May 9, 2016
Parents coo and cheer as kids take their first steps, speak their first words, and eventually gambol through those schoolhouse doors...
As More Parents Expect Students to Pay for College Costs, Need for Financial Literacy Grows
Education World - May 10, 2016
A fifth annual survey from Discover Student Loans reveals that parents are increasingly expecting their children to take financial ownership of higher education costs. ...
Archives - Parents
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Getting In Episode 8C: Should I Take the SAT or the ACT?
Slate - May 6, 2016
Host Julie Lythcott-Haims and expert Amy Young talk about decision season and what happens when a student sends a deposit to one school but decides in the eleventh hour to attend a different one.. ..
How to mimic testing situations to prep for the ACT
USA Today - College  - May 9, 2016
When teaching test prep, I tell all of my students that testing is as much about the action of taking the test as it is about concepts on it. It’s a physical and mental slog, and the only way you can truly be prepared is to have experience with testing conditions. ...
College Board releases conversion tool comparing old and new SAT
DC College Admissions Examiner  - May 9, 2016
There’s lots of news coming out of the College Board this week. As promised, scores for the first administration of the new or “redesigned” SAT are on track for release tomorrow....
Scores for new SAT are out. But how do they compare to the old one and the ACT?
Washington Post  - May 10, 2016
The scores for the very first administration of the brand new SAT are out, and students, parents and counselors are busy trying to figure out what they mean. ...
Archives - SATs & ACTs
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Here's what to do when you can't get enough financial aid
The Christian Science Monitor  - May 9, 2016
College acceptance letters answer one question, but replace it with another: Can you afford it? You might feel extra anxious if your family’s income doesn’t qualify you for need-based aid and you can’t cover college costs out of pocket....
Parents: Here’s The Scoop on Financial Aid
Huffington Post  - May 10, 2016
Financial aid is an elusive topic that far too many people fail to understand. I’m a graduate of a public university, I hold a bachelor’s degree and an MBA, and I still can’t wrap my head around many aspects of the financial aid process. ....
ABC 7 Chicago  - May 9, 2016
Many high school seniors have to plunk down a deposit on the college of their choice. As they make their decisions, an important factor is the school's financial aid offer. Consumer Reports has advice on how to understand your student's financial aid package and avoid excessive debt.....
Archives - FinAid/Scholarships
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Career and Technical Education

Deep Inside New York's JFK Airport, There's A High School
NPR.org - May 6, 2016
New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport is among the busiest in the country: More than 1,000 flights touch down and take off each day. More than 50 million passengers hurry through its gates each year....
ABC-30 - May 8, 2016
FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- With high school graduations just around the corner, and many young people are thinking about their future careers. One career awareness program has a nailing contest as part of its activities. . ..
Archives - Career & Technical Education
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Student Athletes

Recruiting Tip: Give your coach some help
USA Today HSS  - May 9, 2016
Most coaches are willing to help their athletes make it to the next level, but you have to help them help you. They need direction and guidance in reaching out to programs that are a match for your abilities....
Archives - Student Athletes
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State school report cards include more career readiness data
Press of Atlantic City - May 6, 2016
Many high school students are getting college credits while still in high school, according to the state Department of Education 2014-15 School Performance Reports released Friday.. ..
New Promise for Rhode Island's College Students
Rhode Island Monthly - May 6, 2016
Genesis Sanchez Tavarez was a receptionist, a movie theater supervisor, a cell phone salesperson, a legal assistant — and a college student. Somehow, the Rhode Island College junior has maintained a 3.8 grade point average with a focus on public administration, ..
U of Maine tuition matching yields spike in applications
Education Drive - May 9, 2016
Last fall, Maine offered to match the in-state tuition rates at flagship institutions in New Hampshire, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Vermont for students applying from those states. ..
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Zero-Tolerance for Bullying Doesn't Work, Experts Say
NBC News - May 11, 2016
Zero-tolerance policies aimed at stopping bullying may actually backfire, a panel of experts said Tuesday. Schools need to stop them now — and the federal government needs to organize better ways to stop both physical bullying and cyber bullying — because bullying is a serious national concern, ..
Interventional policies and practices needed to prevent bullying and its harm
Science Daily - May 11, 2016
Bullying is a serious public health problem, with significant short- and long-term psychological consequences for both the targets and perpetrators of such behavior, ..
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