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Big Picture

Study suggests attending college full time is better
MarketPlace - Apr 20, 2017
Only about 40 percent of community college students earn a degree within six years. But students who go to class full time are much more likely to graduate ...
How New York’s Free College Plan Could Disrupt Higher Ed Market
WGBH.org - OnCampus - Apr 20, 2017
Last week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill making the Empire State the first state to cover tuition at all public colleges and universities for low- and income families. ...
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

How To Discover And Address College Admission Anxieties
Forbes - Apr 24, 2017
Let's face it, the problem of college admission anxiety encompasses a lot more than individual worries about whether or not students will get into college. With proper research and planning, they will, since over 50% of American colleges and universities still accept over half their applicants. ...
Top Ways to Explore Majors and Careers
GoLocalProv College Admissions  - Apr 24, 2017
As the end of the school year draws near, many families forget that summer is the perfect time for students to explore career options. Parents want to know that a six-figure college investment will result in their child being able to launch a career when they graduate. ...
Advice for graduating high school seniors: Don’t romanticize college
Washington Post  - Apr 24, 2017
May 1st is the day that graduating high school seniors who have been accepted to college and who have a choice to make are supposed to commit to a school. For those students who think their life depends on the choice they make, here is some advice from a college admission counselor...
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Undergrads Share College Decision Day Strategies
US News - Apr 25, 2017
After months of college application tasks and an anxious waiting period, high school seniors are starting to receive college acceptance letters. Many students may be relieved, but the hard work isn’t necessarily over. ...
Choosing between Brand Name Colleges and Low-Cost Public Colleges
Cappex - The College Solution Blog - Apr 21, 2017
You’ve worked super hard and your stress levels has gone off the charts. Then finally, it arrives. Your admission letter is finally here. And you been… ACCEPTED!!! Congrats pre-collegiette! You may think your work is done, your future is secured and it’s time to finally kick back and relax (hello, Netflix!), ...
5 ways to make college more affordable
College USA Today - Apr 21, 2017
The wait is almost over: you know which colleges and universities have accepted your application. But there’s one more hurdle to cross: figuring out how to pay for your degree. ...
Archives - Early/Defer/Waitlisted
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Campus Visits

Skipping the College Tour
New York Times - Apr 26, 2017
As high school seniors this week make final decisions about college by the May deadline, many are making whirlwind campus visits with the goal of finding the best fit....
Questions to Ask Yourself, Students, Admissions Reps, Faculty, and Financial Aid People during a Final College Visit
Huffington Post - Apr 20, 2017
May 1 is the deadline to let colleges know that you accept the offer to attend their school this coming fall. That means there is now just one week to decide. The first thing you need to do is ask yourself some very important questions, including:....
Archives - Campus Visits and Interviews
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If You’re A Parent Of A High School Junior, It’s Time To Start Nagging
Huffington Post - Apr 25, 2017
With the arrival of spring, many high school seniors now have an extra spring in their step as college acceptance letters arrive. As juniors prepare to rise, now is the time to begin crafting the perfect college essay. ....
3 ways high school juniors (and sophomores!) should be preparing for the college essay
College USA Today - Apr 25, 2017
Yes, there is such a thing as writing your college essay too early. For over a decade, my students (and their parents) have heard me deliver this refrain, and it remains true as it ever was....
College Application Essays: Just Start Writing
Gazettes - Apr 23, 2017
Straight-A students from some of the best high schools in the country become unhinged at the thought of crafting a 650-word essay in response to “Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?” ...
Archives - Essays

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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Apr 27, 2017
Pay Less for College? Sure, if...
April is a month of mixed emotions for school counselors. As students come in to share the exciting news of college acceptances and generous scholarships, an equal number of families come in with questions that are harder to answer: .... More

School counselors prepare students for college, future careers
Philadelphia Tribune - Apr 25, 2017
School counselors are vital members of any school’s education team. They work with teachers, administrators and parents or guardians to help students in the areas of academic and career achievement, and personal and social development....
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Parents On The Hook For Student Loans
WBUR.org OnPoint - Apr 26, 2017
Parents drowning in college debt. Unable to pay back loans. They’re getting a tough lesson in college debt economics.o...
Ten Books To Get You Through The College Admission Cycle
Forbes - Apr 26, 2017
Amazon lists 6,533 results for "college admission books." That includes test guides, college guides, "Teen & Young Adult SAT Study Aids," how to write the college application essay, education workbooks, higher & continuing education and more. So there's plenty to choose from when starting the college process. ...
The U.S. Makes It Easy for Parents to Get College Loans -- Repaying Them Is Another Story
MSN - Apr 24, 2017
Millions of U.S. parents have taken out loans from the government to help their children pay for college. Now a crushing bill is coming due. ...
Questions That Parents Should Ask Before Their Kids Apply For College [Video]
University Herald - Apr 25, 2017
Several American students have received their college acceptance or rejection letters. This will determine where they will be spending the next four years as they achieve their academic goals.. ...
Why Your Kids Should Take Out Student Loans, Even If You Can Afford To Pay For College
Forbes - Apr 23, 2017
At first glance, it might seem like a great gift for parents to fund 100% of their child’s college education. College can provide a leg-up in the world, and what a joy for a student to graduate without loans! Especially now, when students in the class of 2015 graduated with an average of $35,000 ...
10 Things Parents Need to Teach Their Teen
PsychCentral - Apr 23, 2017
The goal of parenting teenagers is to raise fully functioning adults by 18 years old. The age is predetermined by the legal system that declares a person an adult at that age. Therefore, regardless of the emotional maturity of person, they need to be equipped to accept adult responsibility at 18. ...
Archives - Parents
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No Downside To Taking Both ACT And SAT
Cape News  - Apr 21, 2017
Now I know that spring is here. There is definitely more of a bounce in everyone’s step now and it feels great. The daffodils are blooming and spring cleaning time has begun. Even the weather is cooperating as the showers held up this past week. College visits are so much better without rain!.....
How to improve SAT scores without going broke
Bridge Michigan  - Apr 20, 2017
Tutoring can change life’s trajectory. Patricia Terry has seen it first-hand. And it doesn’t always have to cost thousands of dollars. Last year, a senior at Detroit’s Cass Technical High School approached Terry with a big problem....
Top 10 Tips for the evening before your SAT or ACT
Hamlet Hub  - Apr 20, 2017
The next SAT is on May 6th and the next ACT on June 17th. EA Test Prep’s Top 10 Tips for the evening before the SAT/ACT:...
Archives - SATs & ACTs
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Education Department relaxes financial aid process in the absence of IRS tool
Washington Post  - Apr 24, 2017
The U.S. Education Department on Monday gave colleges flexibility in verifying applications for scholarships, grants and loans while an online tool used to apply for federal student aid is out of commission.... ..
Student Loans: You've Got Questions, We've Got Answers
NPR.org  - Apr 23, 2017
With student debt at a staggering $1.3 trillion, many families are facing a huge financial dilemma: Their final springtime decisions about college enrollment and acceptance. The NPR Ed team teamed up with Weekend Edition to answer some listener questions about debt and degrees..... ..
How to decipher financial aid offers from colleges
OregonLive  - Apr 23, 2017
It’s closing in on the end of April, and that means for this year’s high school seniors planning to attend college next fall it is time to make their final decision by the traditional May 1 deposit date. For those who didn’t commit early to a campus, the acceptances (or rejections) have finally arrived, followed .... ..
4 ways to land a last-minute bump in financial aid
CBS News - Apr 24, 2017
By now, most high school seniors have college offers on the table, leaving them only a few days to decide which one to choose. Will it be the glamour school with a big price tag? The reliable state school? A commuter or community college?...
Archives - FinAid/Scholarships
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Career and Technical Education

Voc-Tech Schools Get More Competitive, Raising Admissions Concerns
WBUR.org - Apr 25, 2017
Vocational technical schools in Massachusetts are becoming victims of their own success. The schools are highly competitive, with many now outperforming district schools on standardized tests and graduation rates. And that's making them difficult for students to get into...
One possible solution for the future of career and technical education
Hechinger Report - Apr 25, 2017
Sometimes, students need a little nudge – and some freedom – to finally understand how to succeed in school. That was the case for one teenager in Hamilton County, Tennessee. She was encouraged to enroll in a program that allowed her to take classes at her own pace....
Spotlight on Vocational Training
Inside Higher Ed - Apr 25, 2017
Demand surges for graduates of career and technical programs at two-year colleges, yet vocational education continues to struggle with an image problem and a deep gender imbalance...
Archives - Career & Technical Education
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Maine students at for-profit colleges carry heavier debt load, report finds
Portland Press-Herald - Apr 20, 2017
AUGUSTA — A new report finds students at for-profit colleges in Maine carry much heavier debt loads than those at public and private nonprofit colleges in the state. ..
NJ Spotlight - Apr 20, 2017
As they sat and listened to legislators and education officials debate state aid for New Jersey’s schools, parents made their presence felt. ..
Lawmakers Eye More Changes to High School Graduation Exams
US News - Apr 25, 2017
More bills are emerging in Pennsylvania's Legislature to do away with or loosen a requirement that Pennsylvania students pass the Keystone Exams to graduate high school.. ..
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Teen Depression

How to talk with your teen about "13 Reasons Why"
CBS News - Apr 23, 2017
Moms, dads and schools are grappling with how to talk with their kids about the popular new Netflix series “13 Reasons Why,” the story of a suburban teen who dies by suicide and leaves behind 13 recordings for the people she says were the reasons she killed herself. ...
Study: Bullying Linked to Depression Rate in Teen Girls
KDRV - Apr 19, 2017
(Cleveland Clinic) -- A recent study shows the number of teens who suffer from depression is growing and that many are not receiving treatment. ...
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