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Big Picture

Policies to help students pay for college continue to shift toward favoring the rich
Hechinger Report - May 24, 2016
determined that he and his younger brother would go to college, Eduardo Medina’s parents put money away in a savings account to pay for the tuition... ..
What happens when colleges warn students about loan debt?
PBS.org - NewsHour - May 19, 2016
What if lowering student debt was as easy as sending students a letter? Indiana University officials say borrowing by undergraduates at the school has dropped 18 percent since 2012. That’s when the university began sending students annual letters that estimate their total loan debt . ..
Uncertainty, Unpredictability, Chaos
Inside Higher Ed - May 24, 2016
Next year will be disruptive and confusing for students, families and most colleges in the admissions process, argues W. Kent Barnds, who wonders how so many changes can be good.. ..
Asian-American Coalition Files Complaint Against Yale, Brown and Dartmouth
WGBH.org OnCampus - May 23, 2016
In Washington D.C. on Monday, a coalition of nearly 130 Asian-American organizations filed a complaint with the federal government claiming anti-Asian bias in admissions at several Ivy League institutions... ..
College Applications That Cross a Line
New York Times - May 23, 2016
The Obama administration is rightly urging colleges and universities to re-evaluate how they use criminal-record information in admissions decisions. By asking about criminal convictions on their applications, the schools discourage applicants who are capable of performing academically. ..
Money shouldn't outweigh merit in college admissions
The Hill - May 24, 2016
Colleges and universities are supposed to be engines of social mobility where smart students from poor families get ahead based on their hard work, persistence and abilities. I.. ..
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

Social Media – think before you post
College Admissions Strategies - May 23, 2016
Stories abound of students and even teachers sharing inappropriate items on social media. You would think students who are about to apply to colleges and be evaluated by admissions officers would know better. ..
College Admissions: How a College Can Take Back Your Acceptance
GoLocalProv College Admissions - May 23, 2016
According to the National Association for College Admission Counseling, about 35% of colleges report rescinding college acceptances. In fact, the University of California and the University of Colorado typically take back several dozen acceptances each year . ..
How to Pick a College: Part 5 Special Collections
Huffington Post - May 24, 2016
Academic life changes greatly from high school to college. Think back to the difference after transitioning from middle school. Topics and assignments grew more refined and specialized. The same jump will occur because of the vast intellectual offerings and facilities that can support academic inquiry. ..
How to Pick a College: Part 4 Project Support
Huffington Post - May 23, 2016
Original research, the hallmark of academic study and a staple of graduating with honors, serves as the cornerstone of the academic world. Universities pride themselves in the groundbreaking discoveries their professors and other researchers contribute to the zeitgeist. ..
7 Ways to Get Excited About a Second-Choice College
Her Campus - May 18, 2016
The college process is pretty stressful for everyone, no matter your circumstances or the schools you’re looking at. For this reason, it is really disheartening when all of the work doesn’t quite pay off and you don’t get into the school you were aiming for.. ..
Two women, two applications and an industry that’s lost its center
DC College Admissions Examiner - May 23, 2016
A drama, which began over two years ago with the abrupt resignation of long-time Common App executive director Rob Killion and continued with two years of “interim” leadership under Paul Mott, came to a happy conclusion last week with the announcement of Jenny Rickard. ..
Wait-list limbo is ending for college-bound students
Washington Post - May 23, 2016
Apollo Yong, one of many college-bound students nationwide who were left in wait-list limbo this spring, is headed to the University of Virginia. ..
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How to Write the Best College Admissions Essay
TeenLife Blog - May 24, 2016
The college admissions essay is perhaps the most dreaded part of the college application process. The essay creates frustration for students, stress for parents, and an overall feeling of dread as the deadline for submission approaches. ..
Three ways to brag in your college essay and get away with it
DC Higher Education Examiner - May 20, 2016
You already know that your college admission essay is not the place to be shy, right? To stand out from the crowd, you'll need to highlight your unique qualities and strengths. ..
Archives - Essays
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Gap Year

How My Gap Year Transformed Me From Lost High School Kid to Prepared Young Adult
Huffington Post - May 25, 2016
When I made the decision to take a gap year, it wasn’t a big deal. I supposed I would find a job and earn some money, then travel somewhere far away and have an incredible adventure, all while embarking on an insightful path of self discovery to meet the end goal of “finding myself.” ...
4 College Application Strategies for Gap Year Students
US News - May 24, 2016
Taking a gap year before college – as President Barack Obama's daughter, Malia, plans to do – can be an enriching opportunity. Whether traveling, working or volunteering, the year off after high school can open new paths. ...
A 'gap year' ?” not as simple as it appears ?” Part II
North Jersey - May 22, 2016
Last week I began a two-part discussion on the hot topic of a "gap year" for high school graduates (hope you saved it) and, in passing, said that while Malia Obama's highly visible decision to take on...
Archives - Gap Year

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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - May 26, 2016
The 5 Minute Evaluation Program
School counseling has come a long way as a profession in a short amount of time. From updated ASCA standards to a new array of formatting data to being honored at the White House Aid... More

Do You Need a College Counselor For College Admissions?
Huffington Post - May 19, 2016
College admissions is a complicated process and it has been reported that at some schools almost 75% of students take tutoring and college counseling help. This is primarily because of a rapidly growing applicant pool - students can now apply online through the Common App ..
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To Get Your Kid Into a Great College, Do These 7 Things This Summer
TIME - May 24, 2016
Time is on your side—if you start now. The sun is shining, the ice cream man is making his rounds, and the lucky pencils used for finals have been worked down to their nubs. It’s officially summer, and the last thing your soon-to-be high school senior wants to do is scour college websites or draft application essays. ...
The Best Way To Pay For Your Child's College Education That You've Never Heard Of
Forbes - May 23, 2016
A savings gap exists for most parents between their desire to provide their children with a great college education and their ability to pay for it...
Commentary: Mom's lesson from the college search
Philly.com - May 23, 2016
My son and I almost never fight. Life with this balanced, curious, and fiercely independent child has, by and large, been serene, even joyful...
For First Time in Modern Era, Living With Parents Edges Out Other Living Arrangements for 18- to 34-Year-Olds
Pew Socail Trends - May 24 , 2016
Broad demographic shifts in marital status, educational attainment and employment have transformed the way young adults in the U.S. are living, and a new Pew Research Center analysis of census data highlights the implications of these changes for the most basic element of their lives – where they call home....
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How Important are SAT and ACT for college admissions?
Huffington Post - May 20, 2016
One of the most frequent questions we get at Synocate is how important academics are for college admissions. Specifically, many students ask us about standardized tests and GPA. In this article, we will break down the frequently asked questions about standardized tests, . ..
hy Test-Optional Colleges are Too Good to Be True
TeenLife Blog - May 23, 2016
Not every student tests well. Some excel in completing tests and others struggle with the time constraints and stress, even if they take a college test-prep course or have a tutor. But standardized tests like the SAT and ACT are often one of the key components of a college application ..
Archives - SATs & ACTs
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How Much Financial Aid Will I Get?
Forbes - May 19, 2016
Predicting your financial aid is very difficult and bears little correlation with the published tuition of the institution. You are likely to get a larger grant at institutions where you will improve the institution’s statistics...
The 10 Most Common Financial Aid Mistakes — And How To Avoid Them
WiseBread - May 23, 2016
For many students, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is crucial to making college affordable. While the application process can be greatly rewarding, that doesn't mean it's easy. FAFSA is riddled with confusing acronyms and financial lingo...
5 Things to Know About Financial Aid in Online Degree Programs
US News - May 23, 2016
A college or graduate school education can be costly for on-campus and online students alike, but there are ways to ease the burden of a hefty price tag. When it comes to financial aid, prospective online students – just like traditional students...
Get Cash for College Easily Via Scholarships on Social Mediat
US News - May 19, 2016
The social media era involves frequent connectedness and keeps friends, families and followers in the loop – and businesses are adamant about marketing scholarships through various social networking platforms....
Archives - FinAid/Scholarships
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Career and Technical Education

Career and Technical Education Offers a Promising Alternative for Students
US News - May 20, 2016
BALTIMORE--Career and technical education has reemergered in recent years as an alternative for students not interested in a typical, four-year college education. ....
Traditional college not always best path into today’s job market
The Day - May 22, 2016
Students are turning to business and technical schools that can offer them diplomas in these fields without going through four years of study and back-breaking loans. ....
Archives - Career & Technical Education
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Student Athletes

Recruiting Tip: Your FREE recruiting resources
USA Today HSS  - May 23, 2016
In today’s world of online profiles, showcases, club teams and recruiting services you could spend a small fortune tracking down your college scholarship. Meanwhile, there are many recruiting resources that come with no price tag. ..
New UC financial aid policy means that student athletes will not be played
Highlander News  - May 23, 2016
Last week, a UC panel approved a new policy that would guarantee financial aid to student athletes at Division I schools in the event of a career-ending injury. Previously, ..
Archives - Student Athletes
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What Are Massachusetts Public Schools Doing Right?
The Atlantic - OpEd - May 23, 2016
When it comes to the story of Massachusetts’s public schools, the takeaway, according to the state’s former education secretary, Paul Reville, is that “doing well isn’t good enough.”. ..
How Maine’s low college completion rates make higher education less affordable
Bangor Daily News - OpEd - May 23, 2016
Students who graduate from Maine colleges and universities carry some of the most staggering debt burdens in the nation. Keeping tuition as low as possible and ensuring the availability of significant financial aid are important to keeping college affordable and keeping debt in check. But that’s not all there is to it. . ..
UMass just can’t win
Boston Globe - May 21, 2016
It wasn’t too long ago, six years to be exact, I was reading, in this very newspaper, about people complaining that the University of Massachusetts’ flagship campus in Amherst was a second-tier state school, nowhere close to the Michigans and the North Carolinas of this world.. ..
Pennsylvania struggles to fund its state universities: report
Philadelphia Business Journal - May 19, 2016
Since 2008, Pennsylvania has cut its state funding for higher education by 33 percent, according to a new report released by the Center of Budget and Policy Priorities.. ..
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People Who Bully You Are More Likely to Be Depressed Than You Are
Teen Vogue  - May 21, 2016
Your teen years can be totally awesome, or they can really, really suck. For the people whose teen years aren’t so fun, there’s a good chance that bullying has something to do with it....
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