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How Financial Aid Betrays the Modern Family
The Atlantic  - Sep 27, 2016
Over the past few decades, the American economy has been transformed and the American family structures have changed—but the American system of college financial aid has barely budged. ...
Colleges Lavishing More Financial Aid on Wealthy Students
ABC News - Sep 27, 2016
Spencer Mulligan knew his family could pay for his college education, even without loans or grants. So when the University of Connecticut offered a merit award of $20,000 over four years, he saw it as a bonus. . ..
Shaken By Economic Change, 'Non-Traditional' Students Are Becoming The New Normal
NPR.org  - Sep 26, 2016
New community college student Asia Duncan makes her way to class up an outdoor stairwell on the sun-filled campus of Pasadena City College in southern California.....
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

Little-Known Ways to Pay In-State Tuition Rates at Out-of-State Colleges
Kiplinger  - Sep 21, 2016
Families looking to trim college costs often steer their students toward public colleges in their home state instead of public colleges in another state or private institutions. Public colleges and universities typically charge two different tuition rates: one for state residents and another,. ...
4 Things They Don’t Tell You About Going to a Competitive College
Her Campus  - Sep 21, 2016
When you are looking at where to apply to college, one of the most terrifying numbers to look at is the acceptance rate. But, don’t let that scare you away. If you apply and get into a very competitive school, you are probably a little worried about what to expect. . ...
Don’t Give Colleges a Reason to Deny You: Avoid These Common Mistakes
Huffington Post  - Sep 22, 2016
Colleges split hairs when it comes to who gets admitted and who doesn’t. Fair or unfair, the smallest thing can keep a student from not being admitted even if their grades and test scores are pristine. If the student is aware of the common pitfalls, they can avoid them. ...
Everything Your High Schooler Needs to Know About Applying to College
Huffington Post  - Sep 21, 2016
What should students be aware of when applying to colleges today? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.. ...
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Why Early Action and Decision Matter
GoLocalProv College Admissions  - Sep 26, 2016
n the last decade, early admission programs have become an increasingly important aspect of college admissions. Many colleges are filling 30-70% of their freshman class via Early Action or Early Decision. So, students who wait to apply during Regular Decision are competing with far more students for a much smaller number of seats.....
The Pros and Cons of Applying Early Decision to College
Teen Vogue  - Sep 27, 2016
The arrival of fall means shorter days, sweater weather, and pumpkin-spice-flavored everything. It also marks the start of college application season for high school seniors. ....
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‘The power of the college essay – no dying dogs
Tribune News Service  - Sep 23, 2016
My favorite college admissions adage is “A good essay can heal the sick, but can’t raise the dead.” That sums it up pretty succinctly – a strong, well-written essay has the power to move a teetering applicant into the “yes” pile ....
‘Tips for Brainstorming College Application Essay Topics
US News  - Sep 26, 2016
The fall semester is an exciting time. You have new classes to explore, teachers to meet and opportunities to pursue. But with that excitement comes the overwhelming list of college application tasks, which you must figure out how to prioritize alongside the rest of your high school commitments....
‘The Tricky Secret to Successful College Essays
TIME  - Sep 16, 2016
So you want your college essay to show admissions how amazing you are, but you don’t want to say, “Hey admissions—I’m amazing!”. Displaying your accomplishments without bravado is harder than most people think, especially in an assignment like the college application essay...
Archives - Essays
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Campus Visits

5 Ways to Make College Tours Fun Instead of Grueling
New York Times  - Sep 25, 2016
At Amherst College in Amherst, Mass., my family, including our son, prospective applicant Seth, enjoyed the natural history museum and spied on swim team practice. At Colby College in Waterville, Me., we appreciated the colonial architecture and the modern art collection. At the University of Chicago, ....
Make the most of a college visit
Sioux City Journal  - Sep 28, 2016
College visits help you discover a school’s culture, campus, and the surrounding community while learning about the admissions and financial aid processes., ....
Archives - Campus Visits and Interviews
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Students with Disabilities

The Road to Higher Education With an 'Invisible Disability'
The Atlantic  - Sep 20, 2016
Rae Jacobson said she flunked out of two colleges and worked several “crummy” jobs before enrolling at Landmark College in Putney, Vermont, one of two U.S. schools that exclusively serve students with dyslexia and other learning differences (LDs)....
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And The Winner Is...College Rankings Mimic The Emmys
Forbes  - Sep 20, 2016
Julia Louis-Dreyfus won her fifth consecutive Emmy Sunday night for her leading role in the comedy “Veep.” She beat out Amy Schumer, Lily Tomlin, Ellie Kemper, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Laurie Metcalf ...
Best universities in the world: UK tops league table
The Week  - Sep 22, 2016
The University of Oxford has become the first UK institution to lead the annual Times Higher Education rankings, knocking the five-times champion, the California Institute of Technology, into second place. ...
Archives - Rankings

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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Sep 29, 2016
College Application Season Brings Changes
If you’re a high school counselor, you probably don’t need to be told that there have been a lot of changes made to the college application process over the summer—and some are still taking place. .... More

What We All Can Learn From Senioritis
Huffington Post  - Sep 29, 2016
After years of hard work, high school seniors will soon receive their college acceptance letters and senioritis will take hold of seniors nationwide. Senioritis, even though it sounds like a contiguous disease it is not: ...
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Why You MUST Use Net Price Calculators!
The College Solutions Blog - Sep 28, 2016
Here is what typically happens during college admission season: Students apply to whatever colleges they want without having any clue about whether these schools will give them grants and/or scholarships. Parents are often nervously okay with their children disregarding price when finalizing their lists. ..
How to Talk to Your Kids About College Costs
ABC News  - Sep 25, 2016
College tuition may be daunting, but so are the conversations about how to pay for it. Experts say it pays off for parents talk with children early and often about how to cover higher education costs. Here are a few of their tips: ...
The 5 Questions That Parents Of College Students Should Ask
Huffington Post  - Sep 26, 2016
The transition from home to college can be exciting as well as rocky for you and your college student child. So much is unfamiliar and unknown for both generations. ...
Five Tips for Parents Who Have Saved Nothing for College
Hawaii Reporter  - Sep 25, 2016
If your child is on the verge of entering college, the first thing you should do is to celebrate this achievement; the very next thing you must do is starting to worry about your child’s admission and the fees. It is probably going to be a hard time for you if you have not saved anything for college. But you are not alone. ...
Archives - Parents
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College Board chief promises changes to SAT test amid controversies
Reuters - Sep 23, 2016
The maker of the SAT, America’s oldest college-entrance exam, promised to streamline its new math questions and scale back the reuse of tests, a longtime practice that has made the exam vulnerable to cheating. ..
SAT vs ACT: the beginning of the road to college
WKBW - Sep 28, 2016
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - As high school juniors begin to start thinking about higher education, they may be wondering if they should be taking the SAT or the ACT. According to Dean Reinhart, the Associate Director of Admissions at Buffalo State, and Meghan Bauer, Kaplan Test Prep Instructor, students should pick the test that they are the most comfortable with.. ..
SAT Scores Take a Dip
TIME - Sep 27, 2016
Average SAT scores have dipped ever so slightly from last year, according to the College Board’s annual report released today. The average score on a 1,600-point scale was just over 1,000, with a 494 average in critical reading and 508 in math.. ..
Archives - SATs & ACTs
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FAFSA FAQs: Answers to the 10 Most Common College Aid Questions
TIME - Sep 21, 2016
What’s a FAFSA? How can I get free money to pay for college? Those are among the most frequently asked questions sent to the Get Schooled Foundation’s text hotline. Any student in the U.S. can text questions about college, financial aid, or the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to 335577 to get answers from our nonprofit’s college advisers.. ..
The October 1st FAFSA Filing Date Is Not A Deadline, Despite Erroneous Reports
Forbes - Sep 18, 2016
Despite the urgency stemming from inaccurate media reports that parents must file for college financial aid using the FAFSA (Free Application For Federal Student Aid) by October 1st, 2016, parents and those advising parents through the college aid and admissions process should remain calm ..
Tips to Avoid 7 Common Scholarship Application Pitfalls
US News - Sep 18, 2016
Winning scholarships sounds pretty easy – just apply and wait for the money to roll in. That's not how it works, of course. But you can increase your odds of success by paying attention to detail and avoiding common problems that prompt judges to judge you – and not in a good way. ..
Archives - FinAid/Scholarships
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Career and Technical Education

‘For-profit colleges: 6 things to ask before enrolling
CNN.com/Money  - Sep 28, 2016
For-profit colleges have a ton of critics who've accused schools of luring in low-income students with false promises and then providing a subpar education.....
‘Glassblowing Program Trains Students To Craft Tools For Science
NPR.org  - Sep 26, 2016
Some cutting-edging science today relies on the centuries-old art of glassblowing. When researchers in chemistry, physics and medicine need special glass tools for complex experiments, they sometimes sit down with a glassblower to sketch out designs for customized beakers, flasks and condenser coils....
Archives - Career & Technical Education
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Why four-year colleges are fuming at N.J. community college
Philly.com - Sep 23, 2016
Angering four-year college presidents and administrators across the region, the community college in Burlington County has moved to limit those schools’ on-campus outreach to students interested in pursuing a bachelor's degree.. ..
NJ Spotlight - Sep 27, 2016
Amid growing recognition that some students are going hungry, Rutgers-New Brunswick is the latest university in New Jersey to open a food pantry. ..
Why I Appealed Sweeping CT Education Ruling
Hartford Courant - Sep 22, 2016
e problems with Connecticut's public education system highlighted by the Superior Court in its recent decision in a case filed by Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding deserve the immediate attention and action of policy-makers at every level of government...
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Teen Health

9 of 10 U.S. Teens Don't Get Enough Exercise
TIME - Sep 26, 2016
MONDAY, Sept. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Over 90 percent of U.S. high school students don't get enough exercise to stay fit and healthy, and the pattern persists after they graduate, a new study finds.. ..
Concussion Diagnoses in Teens Hit a Record High
TIME - Sep 27, 2016
Diagnoses of concussions rose to a record high between 2010 and 2015, particularly among teens, according to a new report published by Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.e.. ..
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