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Big Picture

A few hundred dollars in aid can make all the difference to some college students
Washington Post - Nov 1, 2016
Some of the brightest students on the path to graduation are more likely to drop out of college if they lose even small amounts of financial aid, according to a study released Tuesday by EAB, an education consulting firm.
College Is A 4-Year-Long Balancing Act For First-Generation Students
NPR.org - Nov 1, 2016
When you're facing a major life change, it helps to talk to someone who's already been through it. All Things Considered is connecting people on either side of a shared experience, and they're letting us eavesdrop on their conversations in our series Been There.....
As college costs climb, why is student borrowing continuing to fall?
The Christian Science Monitor - Oct 27, 2016
American undergraduates are relying less on student loans these days to fund their postsecondary education, but that does not mean their degrees are becoming more affordable....
What Is a College Education Worth?
New York Times  - Oct 31, 2016
As they look to graduation, many Topeka High seniors are debating the value of a college education. Is it worth their while to go to a four-year institution? Or should they choose a two-year degree, technical school or the work force instead?..
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

Colleges are paying to get personal information on students -- here's how they're using it to make admissions decisions
Business Insider - Oct 20, 2016
He is Nate in the country and Nathan in the city, torn between two worlds. Nathan Triggs lives with his mother in Topeka on weekdays. On weekends, he drives his scruffy Chevy S-10 pickup truck to his father's farm outside Holton, population 3,300, about 45 minutes to the north., ..
Surviving the College Admissions Roller Coaster
TeenLife Blog - Nov 1, 2016
Applying to college has its ups and downs, and twists and turns. And, like a roller coaster, it can be an exciting, joyful ride or a painful, nauseating experience. But unlike a roller coaster, you don't have to be at the mercy of uncontrollable forces when applying to college ..
CollegeVine Blog - Nov 1, 2016
Before you apply to any colleges, you want to find out as much as possible about those schools, from their admissions requirements to their community environments. Gathering this information is the only way to have a good chance of finding a college that’s a great fit for you ..
'Coalition' Expands Eligibility Criteria for Shared Admissions Application
Chronicle of Higher Ed - Nov 1, 2016
The Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success has expanded its membership criteria, the group announced in an email to college counselors on Monday. The new standards could allow a more-diverse array of colleges to start using the new shared admission application as early as next year. ..
How to Make Sense of College Rankings
New York Times - Sunday Review - Oct 30, 2016
Willard Dix is one of the crankiest observers of the college admissions process I know; he's also one of the smartest. He worked at Amherst, his alma mater, then advised college-bound students at a private secondary school in Chicago. He now blogs about higher education., ..
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Last opportunity to apply Early Decision - November 1
News Tribune  Oct 27, 2016
This is it. Many students have either just made or will be making the big decision whether or not to apply Early Decision (ED) within the next day or so; November 1 at 11:59pm is the official deadline for most colleges and universities with an ED application option.. ..
Should I Apply Early Decision?
The College Solution Blog - Oct 28, 2016
This is the time of year when high school seniors aiming for prestigious colleges and universities must decide if they will apply early decision. ..
5 Steps to Boost Your Early Action College Apps
VOA News - Nov 1, 2016
Breathing easier after November college admissions deadlines have passed? But wait … here are a few actions you can take to further improve your chances of acceptance! ..
Archives - Early
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Put the personal back in the college essay:
USA Today - Nov 1, 2016
November marks the start of application deadines for eager college students. Why did so many of them spend time and money having someone else help them create the perfect personal essay? Doesn't that defeat the very point? ..
Ready, set, write ... great college essays
Standard-Examiner - Oct 29, 2016
It's nearing the end of the year, and if you're a high school senior, that means it's time to start college applications -- if you haven't already. Most of the application is technical information and filling out forms ..
Archives - Essay
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Students with Disabilities

College planning for students with disabilities
Mansfield News Journal - Nov 1, 2016
For families of children dealing with learning disabilities, much of the journey includes sleepless nights and frustrating days. While a diagnosis provides clarity, parents must then turn their attention to schooling, which from kindergarten to 12th grade means either an Individual Education Plan or 504 Plan ..
Financial aid for students with disabilities
NJ.com - Nov 1, 2016
It's not easy for anyone to pay for a college education. The costs of tuition, housing, board and other fees have continued to rise. More students are applying to colleges which means competition has risen. It is sometimes equally difficult for a student to deal with a physical, emotional or learning disability ..
Teen Finds Gap in College Access For Those With Disabilities
Women News - Oct 31, 2016
FREEHOLD, N.J. (WOMENSENEWS)- Growing up, there was never a question whether I was going to attend college. My family considers postsecondary education a must, and my good grades have been a steady indicator that college is the place for me. ..
Archives - Students with Disabilities

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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Nov 3, 2016
Now that November 1st is Gone... The last week has been way more trick than treat for most high school counselors. More high school seniors than ever before have been applying to colleges through early application program.. More
U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. Announces Expansion of School Ambassador Fellows Program to Include School Counselors at White House Reach Higher Convenings
Ed.gov - Release - Oct 24, 2016
U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. announced today that school counselors will have the opportunity to apply for the School Ambassador Fellows program starting with the 2017-18 cohort of ambassadors. The program currently includes the Teaching Ambassador Fellows (TAF) . ..
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A college admissions dean learns something new as his son starts looking at colleges
Washington Post - Nov 2, 2016
Ken Anselment is dean of admissions and financial aid at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. Now he is having the reverse experience: his son is a high school junior and the college search is on, putting him ...
Teen Depression and Anxiety: What Parents Can Do
TIME - Oct 27, 2016
If you're worried about an adolescent and aren't sure what to do, you can this advice from Fadi Haddad, MD, a child and adolescent psychiatrist and the author of Helping Kids in Crisis. ...
Here's where to apply to college to increase your chances of getting in -- no matter where you live
Business Insider - Nov 2, 2016
High-school students all over the country are putting the finishing touches on their college applications. Chances are, they all want to know the secret to increasing their chances of gaining acceptance into college. ...
Beyond the College Drinking Game
Psychology Today - Nov 2, 2016
Drinking on campus is nothing new, but the extent to which we are seeing binge drinking on campus, coupled with a level of excessive drinking that leads to a trip to the emergency room, is a relatively new and disturbing phenomenon worth addressing. Consequently, parents find themselves shifting from the mentality, ...
Archives - Parents
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MTV - Oct 28, 2016
I bombed the SAT. Twice, to be exact. I was sitting in a neighboring town's high school cafeteria where the test was being administered on a Saturday morning in November. We were instructed by the proctor to start filling out our Scantron sheets with our personal information...
PSAT Tips And Strategies: How To Study For The NMSQT Exam And Get A Good Score
IB Times - Oct 28, 2016
Juniors across the United States will take the preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, or PSAT/NMSQT, on Wednesday. High schools offer the exam, which includes math, reading and writing, to students every fall. Wednesday is this year's alternate test date....
Should your student take the SAT/ACT or not?
Philadelphia Public School Notebook- - Oct 28, 2016
I get it. A lot of our students aren't confident test-takers. They hear about how “hard” the SAT or ACT is and they want no part of it. Now, with many colleges and universities having a test-optional admission process, it might seem as if we can safely direct students and their families to take the test-optional route...
Improve Interpretation of Visuals for ACT Math, Science Success
US News - Oct 31, 2016
Understanding the ways data can be represented in graphs and charts is a key part of comprehending math and science. It is also an essential skill on the ACT math and science sections.
Archives - SATs & ACTs
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Digging For Scholarships Can Turn Up College Gold
Forbes - Nov 1, 2016
As I've written here previously, whatever your income you should file the FAFSA and, if required by the college, the CSS PROFILE. That way, you'll be eligible for federal aid and in line for college-based awards. ..
4 Need-to-Know Facts About State Aid for College
US News  - Oct 31, 2016
With the rising cost of tuition, more students and their families are relying on grants to pay for college. The College Board's 2016 Trends in Higher Education report found that undergraduate students received an average of $14,460 in financial aid during the 2015-2016 ..
Paying for college: New financial aid process gives students earlier answer to what they can afford
Mercury News  - Oct 31, 2016
On a rainy Thursday evening, Jorge Padrón came to his high school library on a mission: to find a way to pay for his college education. “It's scary when you see these prices,” said his father, Jorge Padrón Sr ..
Financial Aid for College not Reaching Foster Youth
Diverse  - Oct 31, 2016
On a rainy Thursday evening, Jorge Padrón came to his high school library on a mission: to find a way to pay for his college education. “It's scary when you see these prices,” said his father, Jorge Padrón Sr ..
Detecting a scholarship scam
Twin Falls Times-News - Oct 31, 2016
If you're headed back to school or have a child considering higher education next year, it's time to start thinking about tuition. As college becomes more and more expensive, ..
Archives - FinAid/Scholarships
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Career and Technical Education

The Need to Validate Vocational Interests
The Atlantic - Oct 31, 2016
At a recent conference, I listened to a university president boast about a program she had developed in partnership with several local high schools. She told the story of one teenager who lived in a rural area and worked full time on his family's farm in addition to attending high school...
A case mounts for vocational education
Education Dive - Nov 2, 2016
Most data indicates that people fare better financially and emotionally with higher education, and new research suggests that more working adults will return to college in the near future to learn new skills to keep up with technology and changing industrial trends...
Archives - Career & Technical Education
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VT Digger - Nov 2, 2016
Claim: Sue Minter has said that if she wins the election she will introduce the “Vermont Promise,” a plan to pay tuition for Vermont high school graduates to attend two years of college at the Community College of Vermont or Vermont Technical College. ..
Delaware commits to using open education resources in classrooms
Delaware Public Media - Oct 31, 2016
Delaware's Department of Education announced Monday it's launching a statewide initiative focused on using more open educational resources. ..
Manufacturing summit welcomes 185 high school and middle school girls
Modern Materials Handling - Nov 1, 2016
More than 185 middle and high school girls came together to participate in the third annual “Connecticut. Dream It. Do It. Making It Real: Girls & Manufacturing Summit” at the Hartford/Windsor Marriott in Windsor, Conn., on Oct. 28, 2016. ..
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Teens and Drugs

Opioid Overdoses Nearly Triple Among Kids, Teens
WebMD - Nov 1, 2016
MONDAY, Oct. 31, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The number of young children and teens hospitalized for overdosing on opioid painkillers have spiked nearly threefold in recent years, a new study finds..
Opioid addiction: Kids and teens
WebMD - Nov 1, 2016
We know opioid addiction is a major problem in our state, but how does it affect teenagers and kids? According to officials with Yale School of Medicine, among children one to four years old the number for poisonings went up 205 percent from 1997 to 2012...
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