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Big Picture

Is college worth the cost?
PBS.org NewsHour - Apr 9, 2017
HARI SREENIVASAN, PBS NEWSHOUR WEEKEND ANCHOR: If you add up all the college student loan debt in the United States, it stands at $1.4 trillion– with a T. That’s more than Americans owe on their credits cards or car loans and just about anything else except their homes.. ..
Colleges' Endless Pursuit of Students
The Atlantic  - Apr 10, 2017
April is decision month for high-school seniors who still haven’t made up their minds about where they’re attending college next fall. With students applying to more schools than ever before—more than one-third now apply to at least seven schools—many seniors are likely weighing multiple offers as well as competing financial-aid packages...
Former NYC schools chancellor: ‘No one should be able to buy admission to college’
Washington Post  - Apr 11, 2017
It’s long past time for selective colleges and universities to ban the practice of allowing wealthy parents to increase their children’s chances of admission by making big donations to the schools. Merit should be more important than money in the stiff competition for admission....
Why do colleges still give preference to children of alumni?
Washington Post  - Apr 6, 2017
The recent revelation by T. Rees Shapiro in The Washington Post that the University of Virginia kept a watch list of VIP applicants for special handling wasn’t that surprising, given that prominent universities have long sought to help prominent donors and even the children of Hollywood stars...
Travel Ban's 'Chilling Effect' Could Cost Universities Hundreds Of Millions
NPR.org  - Apr 7, 2017
President Trump's updated executive order, the one restricting travel from six Muslim-majority countries, is blocked for now. But administrators at Northeastern University in Boston aren't taking any chances....
OPINION — Many community college students say schools aren’t giving them the help they need to navigate financial aid, study shows
Hechinger Report  - Apr 11, 2017
Forty-seven percent of community college students say that financial problems could cause them to leave school. If we want to raise completion rates for millions of community college students, ...
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

Video: College Admissions Q&A
US News  - Apr 7, 2017
Between researching schools, writing application essays and filling out financial aid forms, there can be a lot to the college admissions process. As a prospective college student or parent, you might have a lot of questions about how to begin....
How to get into an Ivy League school — by someone who got into 6 of them
MarketWatch  - Apr 6, 2017
We’re in the midst of college admissions season, which means a flood of news coverage about how tough it is to get into the nation’s most selective schools and profiles of students who managed to score spots at the most prestigious colleges....
'Parachute' Job-Hunting Manual Can Help With The College Process
Forbes - Apr 5, 2017
Richard Nelson Bolles, the author of What Color Is Your Parachute?: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers, died recently at the age of 90. When I saw the news, it was as though a favorite uncle had died. My well-thumbed 2001 edition...
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Coping with college rejection letters
Pacific Daily News - Apr 9, 2017
After four years of striving for excellent grades, dedicating their free hours to extracurricular activities and spending time doing community service, seniors are getting responses from the colleges and universities to which they applied....
What do to when you’re in wait-list purgatory
Tribune News Service - Apr 10, 2017
The dreaded wait-list. You weren’t rejected, but you weren’t accepted either. The wait-list means the colleges like you well-enough, they just don’t love you enough to accept you. They want to keep you hanging on until they find out if they’re loved back by the students they did choose to accept....
College Admissions Decisions: If You’re Waitlisted, Here’s What You Might Do
Greenwich Free Press - Apr 10, 2017
By now, most high school seniors have heard from colleges, and are busy deciding which school to attend. For students who have received several offers of admittance, it’s time to attend accepted students day – even if you’ve already toured the campus.....
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Campus Visits

College Corner: A GPS For College Tours
Cape News - Apr 7, 2017
Hurray, we can finally see small signs of spring with the budding crocuses and daffodils. With spring comes college visits. It is time to plan for them as the high school spring break week will be here very soon. Tour reservation plans should be made by this week in order to secure a spot on the campus tour.....
College visits can make finding a higher-ed match easier
Santa Fe New Mexican - Apr 6, 2017
‘‘It made it feel more real,” said Santa Fe High School junior Sophia Mullholland after visiting different college campuses a few weeks ago. Because it is that time of year again, when high-schoolers nationwide explore options for their future education. Mullholland visited New York University, Northeastern University, .....
Navigating a College Fair
TAPinto - Apr 6, 2017
Prepare address labels ahead of time to take to the fair—College admissions representatives may ask you to complete an information card. This may take time and not give you an opportunity to listen to the presentation about the college since you are concentrated on the task at hand.....
Archives - Campus Visits and Interviews
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Gap Year

A College Application Guide for Gap Year Students
New York Times - Apr 6, 2017
Applying to college is onerous enough. Asking to defer enrollment for a year can be even more intimidating. Here’s how to navigate the gap-year process. When to Apply to College....
Taking a Gap Year? Here’s How to Defer Your College Acceptance
Huffington Post - Apr 6, 2017
The acceptance letters are in. By now, most college-bound students have heard from the colleges they applied to and they are either in, out or added to the dreaded wait-list. But for a growing number of students, the lure of college can wait a year....
Archives - Gap Year

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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Apr 12, 2017
The Times That Test a Counselor’s Soul
Counselors everywhere can empathize with the hurdles Michigan counselors are facing this week, as their time in the office is dominated by bubble sheets, packing tape, and the coveted No. 2 Pencil.... More

School counselors do more than you know
Jamestown Sun  - Apr 7, 2017
School counselors say the job has evolved and along with helping youth become more engaged academically and socially, the role is also a support bridge between students, parents and teachers.....
Disparate roles for school counselors don't work
Philadelphia Public School Notebook  - Apr 7, 2017
Imagine that you were being interviewed for a job that required expertise in both engineering and accounting. Sure, both of those professions involve numbers, but the knowledge, skills and professional networks are vastly different so, chances are if your training were in only one discipline, you would be unable to do both components well.....
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Parents Told to Step Back During College Admissions
Campus Technology  - Apr 6, 2017
Three-quarters of admissions officers advise families to step back when it comes to the process of a young person applying to college. It's no wonder after hearing some of the stories they share regarding how involved some parents get. Take the mom who called the admissions office pretending to be her own child,...
How to Fix 6 College Funding Mishaps
US News  - Apr 6, 2017
When it comes to college planning, all parents need to take a deep breath and exhale. It's difficult to budget for a major expense and help your child transition into adulthood at the same time. ...
Archives - Parents
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5 Steps to Tackle AP English Language Multiple-Choice Questions
US News  - Apr 10, 2017
Throughout your years as a student, you will no doubt have a multitude of experiences with multiple choice questions. But some exams – including the Advanced Placement English Language and Composition exam – are comprised of particularly challenging multiple-choice questions ...
What Standardized Test Scores Do I Need to Get Into an Ivy League College?
Huffington Post  - Apr 6, 2017
Too many high school students and their parents spend an inordinate amount of time worrying about whether Ivies and similarly selective colleges will prefer the SAT or the ACT, or whether or not they must have one subject test in the sciences and one in the humanities. What really matters is great scores...
Archives - SATs & ACTs
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Applying for College Financial Aid Just Got a Lot More Complicated
Consumer Reports  - Apr 11, 2017
If you’re applying for college financial aid for the upcoming school year, the already daunting process of filling out the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is going to have even more hurdles..... ..
4 Ways to Increase Your Financial Aid Package
GoLocalProv College Admissions  - Apr 10, 2017
Over the next few weeks, many families with high school seniors will be comparing financial aid packages. A dizzying array of terms, numbers and types of aid will appear with no standard format from college to college. Most families think the packages will be straightforward and easy to understand; they are wrong. ..... ..
Everybody In Washington Agrees That This Is a Problem. So Why Won't They Fix It?
Money Magazine - Apr 7, 2017
Despite worsening political divisions on other issues, here's one thing lawmakers on both sides of the aisle agree on: Applying for college financial aid is needlessly complicated for many families.... ..
Hackers use FAFSA application to steal tax info
CNN/Money  - Apr 7, 2017
Hackers accessed the data of up to 100,000 people through a tool that helps students get financial aid. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen testified before the Senate Finance Committee Thursday that a breach had been discovered in the fall. In September..... ..
How to Compare College Financial Aid Letters and Choose the Right School
TeenLife Blof  - Apr 6, 2017
It’s that time of year. College admissions decisions are arriving and the award letters are either with them or will follow shortly. For most students who have applied to multiple colleges, comparing those award letters are a crucial part of making the final college choice.. ..
Everything you need to know about athletic scholarships
USA Today HSS - Apr 6, 2017
ollege is expensive. For many families, the only way to afford a college education is for their student to receive financial aid. An athletic scholarship is a great way to help lower the price for qualified student-athletes....
Archives - FinAid/Scholarships
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Career and Technical Education

States want more career and technical training, but struggle to find teachers
PBS.org NewsHour - Apr 9, 2017
Many Minnesota employers say they can’t find skilled workers with the right career training. Meanwhile, high schools are cutting career and technical education courses because they can’t find qualified teachers.l.. .. ..
College is not the only option
The Reflector online - Apr 6, 2017
There are many paths in life that may lead to success. College is only one of many options people can take to set themselves up for a happy, prosperous life. Many people would disagree this is the case, because a lot of people see higher education as the next step they must take in life after high school.. .. ..
Archives - Career & Technical Education
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Here's The Fine Print On The Country's Biggest-Ever Free College Plan
NPR.org  - Apr 11, 2017
New York state has passed legislation that would create the largest experiment in the country to offer free tuition at two- and four-year colleges. The Excelsior Scholarship, approved over the weekend as part of the state budget,.. ..
Here's The Fine Print On The Country's Biggest-Ever Free College Plan
UPI - Apr 8, 2017
New York is poised to become the first state in the nation to provide free tuition to public colleges and universities, after a deal struck as part of larger budget negotiations announced Friday night.. ..
Pa. state colleges among most expensive in nation for residents
Lebanon Daily New - Apr 7, 2017
Pennsylvania state colleges and universities are some of the most expensive in the country, according to government data. Total: $27,404. That's the average cost for a year of higher education at a state school in Pennsylvania, if you're an in-state student living on campus. ... ..
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Teen Dating

What Is The Yellow App? Parents, Police Worried About Teen Safety, Privacy
IB Times  - Apr 12, 2017
arenting Generation Z requires a different set of skills than any previous generation. With rapidly changing technology and means of communication, parents have the extra responsibility of teaching their kids how to navigate online social spaces... ..
Are you in an abusive relationship? Here’s signs to watch out for
London Free Press - Apr 10, 2017
When I was in my late teens I was in an abusive relationship. I just didn’t realize it at the time. For the most part, our relationship wasn’t physically abusive. However, . ..
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