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After years of neglect, public higher education is at a tipping point
Washington Post  - Oct 7, 2016
Public higher education is at a tipping point in the United States. It is an essential public good that is suffering from an unprecedented erosion of public support, with potentially devastating consequences for our students and our economy.....
The Reason Behind Colleges' Ballooning Bureaucracies
The Atlantic  - Oct 6, 2016
BANGOR, Maine—Post-It Notes stick to the few remaining photos hanging on the walls of the University of Maine System offices in a grand brick building that was, at one time, a W.T. Grant department store, built in 1948.....
The Price and Cost of College Are Different Things
Washington Monthly  - Oct 6, 2016
As someone who spends a lot of time thinking about some of the wonkier issues of higher education finance, there are some common statements that just drive me nuts. For example, people who refer to the U.S. ....
While the US works to make college more accessible, the UK is warned it has too many graduates
Quartz  - Oct 11, 2016
In a bid to attract millennial voters, US presidential candidates are promising to make college more affordable (paywall) and accessible. But across the Atlantic, the UK government is being encouraged to go the other way.....
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

As college admissions season begins, important advice for high-school seniors
Washington Post  - Oct 7, 2016
We’re at the beginning of college admissions season for this year’s high-school seniors. One big change this fall is on the financial-aid front: Families can now file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, also known as the FAFSA, as of October 1 ....
College Connection: Early application deadlines are looming
MyCentralJersey  - Oct 12, 2016
What greater holiday gift is there for a college bound student than to receive a fat acceptance letter, or a congratulatory email, from a college of choice? But in order to have a chance of getting such good news by the holidays, students typically need to submit their college applications by the “early” deadline of November 1st or 15th.. ....
Expert Advice on Getting Accepted Into College
NBC Washington  - Oct 11, 2016
Filling out college applications can be tedious and stressful, so News4 went to the source for the inside scoop on college admissions. As an associate dean of admissions at the University of Virginia, Jeannine Lalonde has read plenty of college essays. ....
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Five underutilized ways to give yourself an advantage with your college essay
Washington Post  - Oct 10, 2016
Early action applications are due in November. Admissions officials have been educating me on what they want and don’t want. Here are five underutilized ways to give yourself an advantage. ....
5 ways to make your college application essay stand out
Cincinnati.com  - Oct 8, 2016
After helping students with literally thousands of essays over the last decade, I’ve noticed five clear truths that stand out among the rest when it comes to crafting an application piece. These ideas may seem obvious, but you would be surprised just how many people forget these simple steps because they are overthinking their application essays ....
Archives - Essays
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Campus Visits

College Tour Guides Share Tips on How to Take a College Tour
TIME - Oct 10, 2016
It’s that time of year for high school seniors: college tour season. Want to know how to make the best use of a college campus tour? MONEY got advice from college tour guides themselves...
3 Ways Parents, Students Can Prepare for College Interviews Together
US News - Oct 10, 2016
The college interview can be an excellent means of breathing life into an application. A great interview can even, in some instances, push a borderline application over the top. But interviews – especially high-stakes interviews at top colleges – can be challenging to navigate ..
College Connection: The fall is a great time to visit campuses
MyCentralJersey - Oct 10, 2016
The fall is a great time for students and parents to tour colleges to identify potential “best fit” schools. Visiting a college when classes are in session allows high school students to take in the atmosphere and to visualize what it would be like to be a part of the student body. ..
Archives - Campus Visits and Interviews

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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Oct 13, 2016
The Role of Texting in College Counseling
One of the biggest challenges school counselors face is keeping in touch with their students. This is especially true when it comes to advising students about college plans. With all of the choices, and all of the steps that have to be taken, and all of the forms that have to be completed.... More

Admissions counselors raise concerns over some colleges packaging PLUS loans in financial aid award letters
Inside Higher Ed - Oct 6, 2016
Federal PLUS Loans help parents cover the difference between the financial aid a student receives from their college or university and the full cost of attendance. They're also not a sure thing -- parents must be deemed eligible based on creditworthiness and be willing to borrow for their child's education.....
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High School Threats No Joke for Teachers, Parents
US News - Oct 10, 2016
Violent threats made toward high schools involving clowns have swept the nation recently. "There's movies with creepy clowns, but that people are threatening kids with creepy clowns is just out of control and crazy," ..
Stop Stressing About Picking the “Right” College Major
The College Solution Blog - Oct 3, 2016
Are you stressing about what your teenager’s college major is going to be? If you’re worried about your child not picking the right college major, you must ABSOLUTELY watch the video and read the blog post below!....
5 Ways to Help Your Kid With the New SAT—Without Driving Both of You Crazy
TIME - Oct 10, 2016
What you need to know, and do, about the revamped test. For many parents and caregivers, helping their high schoolers prepare for standardized tests can be overwhelming. And for students taking the SAT this fall, the test will look a bit different than it did last year...
Archives - Parents
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5 Things You Need to Know About Financial Aid
GoLocalProv College Admissions - Oct 10, 2016
If you have a student applying to college this fall, you need to be filling out financial aid forms and filing them now. Many colleges require the CSS Profile, FAFSA or their own form when you submit your applications. Waiting will mean you miss out on important grants, scholarships and loans. So, here is what you need to know up front so that you don’t miss out on any opportunities: ..
The Gold Standard in Financial Aid Info
Tribune News Service - Oct 6, 2016
If you want the most up-to-date information on what’s going on with the FAFSA form, new dates, new restrictions and new regulations and most importantly new ways to pay as little as is legally possible for college, then my best recommendation for a sound financial investment is the recently released ..
The FAFSA Is For Everyone--Use It!
Forbes - Oct 10, 2016
I work with families with a wide range of incomes. When the time comes to discuss college costs, wealthier parents often tell me they won’t qualify for financial aid although paying the full comprehensive fee (tuition, room and board) will be a significant burden. ..
4 College Financial Aid Questions That Can Cost You Money
TIME - Oct 7, 2016
Anyone who wants financial aid for college needs to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. That form determines how much government aid, such as Pell Grants, you’ll qualify for. The FAFSA determines all of your aid at some 80% of colleges. But more than 150 colleges...
5 Surprising Reasons Colleges May Give You Less Financial Aid
TIME - Oct 6, 2016
f you’re hoping to get enough grants and scholarships to pay for college without any loans, sorry to say the odds are against you. About three-quarters of undergraduates get less scholarship or grant money than they need to afford college without taking on debt. In fact, the average college reports providing enough aid to meet only 66% of the financial needs of students....
Archives - FinAid/Scholarships
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Career and Technical Education

Career, tech ed classes offer benefits for all students
EducationDive  - Oc 6, 2016
Career and technical education classes, no longer encouraged just for students who don’t plan to go to college, can have far-reaching benefits beyond job training...
Time running out on federal CTE bill
EducationDive  - Oc 11, 2016
Overwhelmingly, employers are saying that too many workers are coming into the marketplace without the necessary skills to hold positions or to innovate within them. This disparity in training puts more of an emphasis on students to receive multi-layered training in community or four-year institutions....
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Steep tuition hike pitched for many community college students
CT Mirror  - Oct 6, 2016
Tuition and fees would increase next semester for community college students who take more than 12 credit hours, and the regional Connecticut state universities would stop offering students health insurance under two proposals to balance a difficult budget for the state college system. ..
The Progressive Choice on Charters
US News  - Oct 6, 2016
On Nov. 8, Massachusetts voters will determine whether to lift the cap on charter schools in the old commonwealth by voting on Question 2. Proponents of charter schools note that this is a no-brainer: ..
Parents eligible for new college savings tax deduction
Metrowest Daily News  - Oct 8, 2016
On average, tuition and fees at four-year, public schools in Massachusetts run about $11,634 per year. Costs are even higher at private schools, averaging $32,405 during the most recent academic year, according to the College Board. Hoping to help more families plan ahead, lawmakers recently approved a new tax incentive to encourage more Massachusetts families to put away money for college. ..
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Teen Driving

New study outlines teens' worst driving habits as deadly crashes spike
CBS News  - Oct 12, 2016
The number of teenagers involved in deadly car crashes is rising for the first time in nearly a decade. New data from federal regulators reveal a 10-percent increase last year in teen driving deaths. Teens are more than one-and-a-half times more likely than adults to be involved in a deadly crash. ..
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