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Big Picture

Financial aid “arms war” continues to drain cash from colleges
Hechinger Report - May 16, 2016
e nation’s private colleges are distributing more dollars to attract students at a speed that threatens to unravel their fiscal health, new figures suggest....
How and Why You Diversify Colleges
New York Times - May 14, 2016
THERE’S a whole lot wrong with the conversation about including more low-income students at elite colleges, but let’s start here: The effort is too often framed as some do-gooder favor to those kids....
Are Income Share Agreements a Good Way to Pay for College?
Washington Monthly - May 17, 2016
Millions of Americans are struggling to pay for college. Nearly 10 million students and their families took out almost $100 billion in student loans from the federal government in the 2014-15 academic year, ....
How Can Community Colleges Improve Transfer Rates?
WGBH.org/on-campus - May 17, 2016
The vast majority of college students in this country say they want to earn a bachelor's degree. But according to a new report by the Aspen Institute and the Community College Research Center (CCRC) at Teachers College, Columbia University, only 14 percent achieve that goal within six years. ...
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

Getting In Episode 9: Checking in With Our Seniors
Slate - May 13, 2016
As the school year winds down, host Julie Lythcott-Haims checks in with four of the Getting In seniors: Jonathan Diaz, August Graves, Alessandra LePera, and Jordana Meyer.. ..
3 Reasons to Try Out MOOCs Before Applying to College
US News - May 12, 2016
Mahir Jethanandani's California high school offered only a few classes related to business and finance – disciplines he was interested in exploring. So, he turned to massive open online courses, or MOOCs, offered through Coursera to learn on his own. ...
Don't Use College Selectivity As A Measure Of Quality
Forbes - May 13, 2016
In the distant past of college admission, even institutions like Harvard and Yale accepted most of their applicants. There weren’t that many to begin with, of course, seeing as the pool was mostly well-off white males with at least...
3 Healthy Ways to Overcome College Rejection
US News  - May 12, 2016
There was a time when your graduation gift choices consisted largely of money and watches. No more. While both of these standbys are still much appreciated...
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New Pell grants to pay for college classes in high school
The Christian Science Monitor - May 16, 2016
WASHINGTON — Thousands of low-income students in nearly two dozen states will soon be able to get federal grants to take college courses while still in high school, part of a program the Obama administration plans to begin this summer. ...
Dozens of colleges set to partake in dual-enrollment experiment
Washington Post - May 16, 2016
Obama administration selects 44 colleges to participate in dual-enrollment experiment this fall. ...
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High schools try to make better use of something often wasted: Senior year
Hechinger Report - May 11, 2016
WASHINGTON — Thousands of low-income students in nearly two dozen states will soon be able to get federal grants to take college courses while still in high school, part of a program the Obama administration plans to begin this summer. ...

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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - May 19, 2016
Apply to College *and* Financial Aid in the Same Month?
School counselors throughout the land were really stoked when the US Department of Education first announced a change in the filing date for the FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid... More

What Does a Private College Counselor Do: College Admissions 101
Huffington Post - May 13, 2016
“Applying for college is not what it used to be. It is insanely more competitive these days and if you can afford the help of a professional, get it” according to parent quoted in an Atlantic article...
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How parents can help handling rejection
College Admissions Strategies Blog - May 16, 2016
Parents just want to help. The natural reaction when you see your child suffering is to try and make it better. How do you help ease the pain of college rejection? ...
The Partnership Between Colleges and Helicopter Parents
The Atlantic - May 13, 2016
A few days after dropping off her youngest child at college, Andrea got a phone call. The wounds in her daughter’s mouth from a recent wisdom-tooth surgery had gone septic. ...
27 Great Graduation Gift Ideas for College-Bound High Schoolers
TIME  - May 12, 2016
There was a time when your graduation gift choices consisted largely of money and watches. No more. While both of these standbys are still much appreciated...
Archives - Parents
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College Admissions: 700 is the New 670 on SAT
GoLocalProv College Admissions - May 16, 2016
Last week, the Collegeboard released the first round of its newly designed SAT scores to students, along with head spinning concordance tables to counselors across the country. . ..
Discord on Test Scores
Inside Higher Ed - May 16, 2016
ACT accuses College Board of jumping the gun in explaining how to compare scores on the new SAT. Many debate impact of seemingly higher SAT scores under new test. . ..
College Testing Wars are Building. How Can Students Find Peace?
Huffington Post - May 17, 2016
It was supposed to be a quiet week in college admissions, but a story was rumbling beneath the typical spring headlines of “Colleges Receive Record Apps” last week that, if left unchecked, could trash the serene summer of many a rising senior—and it all has to do with guessing . ..
How Hard Is the New SAT?
The Atlantic - May 12, 2016
SAT scores were released on Tuesday, more than two months after the first administration of the revamped exam and years after the media started to speculate about the new test’s difficulty. And it turns out that, after years of stagnation, the scores have gone up—rather significantly.. ...
Archives - SATs & ACTs
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Private Colleges Offering Record Tuition Discounts to Lure Students
ConsumerReports.org  - May 18, 2016
Amid all the grim news about the skyrocketing price of a college education, here’s something to celebrate: Colleges are asking students to shoulder less of the costs....
Four Ways To Get The Best Financial Aid Deal
Forbes  - May 15, 2016
If you’re trying to get a decent financial aid package from a college, do you know you have room to negotiate? You don’t have to accept the package they offer you....
Private Colleges Offer Record-High Tuition Discounts
TIME  - May 16, 2016
Only about 1 in 10 students pay full sticker price. The average freshman student at a private college got about half off tuition and fees last year, according to annual study released today....
Archives - FinAid/Scholarships
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Career and Technical Education

Career And Technical Education: Boom Or Bust?l
NPR.org - May 14, 2016
Career and technical education in high schools has gotten lots of attention and lip service in recent years. Business and industry see it as a long overdue focus on preparing students for the world of work. Educators say CTE ....
Career And Technical Education News & Updates: Why CTE Is An Alternative Path For High School Graduates Who Think College Education Is Irrelevant
Parent Herald - May 16, 2016
Formerly known as vocational education, career and technical education is currently deemed as an alternative path for high school graduates who think college education is irrelevant. ....
It’s a Tough Job Market for the Young Without College Degrees
New York Times - May 11, 2016
For seniors graduating from the University of Michigan this month, employers have been lining up since the fall to offer interviews and boast of their companies’ benefits ....
Archives - Career & Technical Education
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Student Athletes

Recruiting column: Answers to top 3 recruiting questions asked recently
USA Today HSS  - May 12, 2016
We get asked hundreds of recruiting questions every week, which is completely understandable given the fact that the first time any student-athlete goes through the recruiting process is probably the last time they will go through the proces...
NCAA Eases Scholarship Restrictions, Raising Concerns Over Competitive Equity
Chronicle of Higher Ed  - May 17, 2016
A new rule allows more players to receive full scholarships during the summer. Critics worry that the change could put many programs at a recruiting disadvantage....
Archives - Student Athletes
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UMaine has wooed students from across the Northeast. Here’s how it’s working out.
Bangor Daily News - May 15, 2016
A new University of Maine scholarship program has attracted so many first-year students from out of state for the coming fall that it’s helping the university overcome the challenge of a dwindling population of college-age students from Maine.. ..
With fight in Maryland stalled, Congress must take lead in battle over financial aid ‘displacement’
Hechinger Report - May 16, 2016
Public colleges and universities in Maryland have received a reprieve, for now. A bill in the state legislature that would bar these institutions from engaging in financial aid “award displacement” has been shelved for the year. ..
Highlights from the IECA ‘New England College Showcase’
DC College Admissions Examiner - May 16, 2016
At the tail end of its 2016 spring conference in Boston, the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) arranged for about a dozen colleges and universities. ..
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Educators Strive to Reduce Physical Violence In High Schools
US News  - May 16, 2016
Incidents of school crime and bullying are on the decline, according to a new federal report, but high school educators are still working to eliminate physical violence on campu...
4 myths that will change how you define bullying
Mashable  - May 17, 2016
Bullying is an abuse of power that makes someone feel small. It can happen at school, on the playground and online. Sometimes it draws an audience of onlookers who may or may not stand up for the victim. ...
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